They're all simple and delicious.

By Kelly Vaughan
August 27, 2020
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Just like you and me, our food editors have been working from home during the coronavirus pandemic. And while their jobs may require them to develop recipes and taste test day in and day out, they still like to snack. In the summer months, the team are all about utilizing fresh, seasonal produce in their snacks.

"It's summer, so fresh fruit," says Sarah Carey, our editorial director of food, of her favorite snack. She reaches for chilled, cut melon, a nectarine, or a bowl of cherries. Assistant food editor Riley Wofford is a fan of tomato toast when she needs a quick, light bite. She starts with homemade toasted sourdough bread (she's just one of many people who made sourdough during quarantine), then smears on mayonnaise, sliced heirloom tomatoes, flaky sea salt, and freshly cracked black pepper. And when she's craving something sweet, Riley prepares a batch of our Coconut Water Granita, which is particularly refreshing on a hot summer day.

But sometimes our team wants a snack they don't have to prepare themselves. When that's the case, deputy food editor Greg Lofts says he likes a salty bite, like Whisps Cheese Crisps ($3.99, target.com). "These bite-size rounds are made from 100 percent cheddar cheese. They are super crispy and cheesy and I could eat a whole bag at once," he says. He recommends the nacho and tangy ranch flavors, in addition to the classic variety. "They remind me of Lava Cheese, an almost identical cheese snack from Iceland that I fell in love with. When I discovered these, it was like reuniting with a long lost friend."

Sarah also balances the sweet with the salty. "When I want something a bit more hearty, I reach for Terrell's or Route 11 potato chips," she says. I'm also a fan of snacking on potato chips. My go-to is Cape Cod Potato Chips ($3.29, target.com)—specifically the 40 percent reduced-fat variety, which are plenty crunchy but a little less greasy than the original. My grandfather used to give me and my sister a full size bag (each!) to snack on when we visited him, so they're particularly meaningful, in addition to being the ultimate salty snack.

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