In case you missed them, here’s a wrap up of our favorite blog posts of the week. Read, get inspired, and start cooking!
|Rigatoni with Broccoli Rabe and Chickpeas
When cooked properly, broccoli rabe’s bitter edge softens and the stalks become wonderfully tender. Here, the vegetable starts in a simple pasta dish, perfect for weeknights.
|Ingredient Spotlight: Melons
Watermelon, cantaloupe and honeydew are some of the season’s most refreshing ingredients, perfect for cooling down on a hot day. Here’s how to choose, store and prep melons, plus new recipe ideas from the Williams-Sonoma Test Kitchen.
|Q&A with Chris Bianco of Pizzeria Bianco
Phoenix’s Pizzeria Bianco, with chef Chris Bianco at the helm, is famous its wood-fired, Neapolitan-style pies with house-made mozzarella and farm-fresh ingredients. Read on to discover how he got his start in the kitchen, his secrets for making dough at home and his minimalist approach to sauce and toppings.
|Beef Skewers with Fresh Lime-Herb Sauce
Clean Asian flavors—tangy lime juice, peppery ginger and fresh herbs—offer bright contrast to the rich-tasting skewered beef in this recipe. Serve with rice and steamed sugar-snap peas tossed with Asian sesame oil and toasted sesame seeds.
|Our Top Picks for Summer WinesSummer days call for refreshing sips, the kinds of wines that pair well with fresh salads and light seafood dishes. We asked one expert sommelier for her top warm-weather wine picks — read on!|
|How to Cook Pizza Outside
An outdoor pizza dinner is a fun and easy way to feed a group during the warm-weather months — and anyone can do it! Learn different methods for preparing pizza under the sun.
|Five-Spice Plum Tartlets
In these intense little tartlets, Chinese five-spice infuses ripe plums, and fresh ginger adds a peppery heat. Leave the puff pastry squares untrimmed to create a modern look to these sweet-and-sour tarts.
|Meet the Bakers: Matt Lewis & Renato Poliafito of Baked
For seasonal baking inspiration, we turned to Matt Lewis and Renato Poliafito, owners of the Brooklyn bakery Baked. Here, they share their favorite summer treats, go-to desserts for company and the one tool they can’t live without.
|Tips for Throwing a Pizza Party
If you’re looking for something a little different to serve guests this season, turn to the ultimate easy crowd-pleaser: pizza! A make-your-own pizza party is fun, casual and interactive — and best of all, it takes pressure off the host. Here’s how to pull it off.
|Summer Chicken Braise with Wax Beans and Tomatoes
The colors of burnished chicken, yellow beans, red tomatoes and green arugula make for a show-stopping presentation. Offer plenty of warm crusty bread, and encourage guests to soak up every last drop.
|Weekend Project: The Ultimate Pizza Dough & Sauce
We’re going back to the basics, exploring the fundamentals of pizza: dough and sauce. Here, you’ll find tips from Chef Chris Bianco, along with our Test Kitchen’s go-to pizza dough recipe. Read on!
With fresh cherries, berries and stone fruits popping up at farmers’ markets, we’re excited to kick off our summer baking! Here’s everything you need to know about making a classic pie, with foolproof step-by-step tips for every part of the process, from mixing the dough to creating a beautiful lattice top.
For this divinely simple dish, you need to use the very best of everything, so be sure to seek out top-quality shrimp. For a big party, serve the shrimp on a board or large platter lined with parchment or waxed paper.
|Party Planner: Pizza on the Patio
This weekend, turn your patio into a pizzeria by serving friends this menu of Italian-inspired eats al fresco. Kick off the meal with a classic cocktail, then please the crowd with a beautiful salad and a variety of delicious pizzas.
|Lemon-Glazed Raspberry Jam Doughnuts
These sweet treats make a decadent start to your weekend. They are best served the same day they are made, so plan to make these when you have a houseful of guests.
|Celebrating Ice Cream!
In honor of National Ice Cream Day, we’re sharing some of our best ice cream recipes and posts from the past month. Don’t forget to check out our Ice Cream Guide!
|Chicken with Lemon and Green Olives
In this budget-friendly dish, chicken drumsticks become luscious and tasty after a long stint in the moist environment of the slow cooker. Serving them with a piquant lemon and olive relish helps to cut the richness of the meat.