Pink Margarita Jell-O Shots

Unflavored gelatin is like a blank canvas you can use to turn any cocktail into a fun, jiggly treat. For a texture firm enough to eat with your fingers, you’ll need 6 grams of gelatin (1 envelope) for each cup of liquid. Pour into a bowl: 1 cup tequila 1 cup Cointreau Sprinkle on top:…

Apricot Leather

If you don’t have a food dehydrator, you can dry fruit leather in a warm convection oven or outside if you live in a hot, dry climate. Properly dried apricot leather will keep for several years—that is, if you don’t eat it first! Remove the pits from: 2 pounds apricots You should be left with…

Marinated Mushrooms

Marinating raw mushrooms draws out moisture and gives them the texture of cooked mushrooms, but without the heat or hassle. Serve these in salads or on their own with toothpicks as an appetizer. Clean: 1/2 pound mushroom caps Marinate them overnight in: 3/4 cup vinegar 1/2 cup oil 1 teaspoon sugar 1 teaspoon salt 3…

Fusion Marinade for Shish Kebabs

East meets West in this tangy, pungent, heavily salted marinade made with widely available Japanese and British condiments. The complex flavors won’t be overshadowed by the charring and caramelization produced by grilling. Combine in a blender: 3/4 cups oil 3/4 cups tamari soy sauce 1/2 cup lemon juice 1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce 2 tablespoons mustard…

Hummus

This popular Middle Eastern dip is extremely easy to make. Canned chickpeas (also called garbanzo beans) make the smoothest hummus. Drain: One 15-ounze can of chickpeas Put the chickpeas in a food processor with: 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil 2 tablespoons lemon juice 1 tablespoon tahini 1/2 teaspoon salt 1 crushed garlic clove Process until…

Mom’s Cool Salad Dressing

A gem unearthed from the family recipe box, featured here in an updated version. Choose a neutral-tasting oil rather than extra-virgin olive oil to let the other flavors shine. Same goes for the vinegar: save your balsamic for another use. Combine in a jar: 1/2 cup oil 6 tablespoons ketchup 1/4 cup vinegar 1 tablespoon…

Chia Pudding with Tigernut Milk

Inspired by horchata de chufa, this nutritious, naturally sweet pudding is great for breakfast or dessert. Chia seeds are lauded by many for their high fiber and omega-3 content, and tigernuts are a tasty treasure packed with vitamin E and resistant starch. Soak in water for at least 8 hours: 1/2 cup tigernuts Drain tigernuts and…