Possibly the ultimate pizza recipe, the combination of tomato sauce, fresh mozzarella, and basil proves that simplicity is beautiful. Martha and Christian Petroni made this recipe on Martha Bakes episode 503.
Lettuce wraps, sugarcane skewers, and add-ins such as lemongrass make tasty bundles bursting with the flavors of Southeast Asia. Sugarcane adds a hint of sweetness and an authentic touch, but wooden skewers make a fine stand-in -- just soak them in water for 20 minutes before using.
To save time, grill and assemble this layered no-bake "lasagna" beforehand, and then serve it chilled or at room temperature. Cheese lovers can replace the grilled tofu with slices of fresh mozzarella.
A simple swap is all it takes to reimagine panzanella. This Italian summer salad usually features cubes of day-old rustic bread and tomatoes, tossed with basil leaves and a simple vinaigrette. But slices of ripe, juicy peaches in place of, or in addition to, the tomatoes bring a different (but entirely welcome) sweetness to the mix.
You can make this refreshing meal without even turning on the oven or stove top. Float pre-cooked shrimp on a bowl of gazpacho made heartier with earthy beets. Look for vacuum-packed cooked beets in the produce section of supermarkets.
Is it a dressing or a dip? Who cares? Green goddess dressing, the beloved California creation, doubles as a dip for a summertime crudite platter. The creamy concoction is studded with chopped fresh herbs and scallions, and it pairs particularly well with the season's bounty -- here, baby carrots and yellow squash, tender peas and beans, and little tomatoes -- but let the greenmarket (or your own garden) be your guide.This recipe originally appeared in Martha Stewart's Appetizers (Clarkson Potter).