Grilled Chicken Legs with Basil and Mozzarella

This recipe is all about highlighting the natural flavors of really good ingredients. Good olive oil, fresh lemon juice, and the essential oils of freshly chopped herbs infuse the chicken legs, which are then grilled, topped with fresh basil leaves and mozzarella, and finished off quickly in the broiler. Easy, delicious, and a perfect summer recipe that won’t heat up your kitchen!

Seasonal Minestrone

Celebrate the freshness of seasonal herbs and produce with this simple, flexible recipe! The acidity from the wine and the fresh, subtle flavors of the herbs gives it a real depth of flavor and the lightness of the final dish make it appetizing even in hot weather.

Dill Pesto-Crusted Salmon

Who doesn’t love moist, flaky salmon wrapped in the warm embrace of dill pesto, topped with a crisp, rich crust of panko and parmesan? This is a delicious, no-fuss recipe that is even easier to make if you’ve already got the pesto in your pantry.

Dill Pesto

The ingredients you can use to make pesto are plentiful and diverse. I use dill here, but you could also make pesto out of those carrot tops that you would normally throw away. Nettle—foraged from your own yard perhaps—also makes a fine pesto. You can use walnuts or pistachios instead of the usual pine nuts. Whatever you enjoy or have on hand will do! And best of all, it freezes well, so you can save some for later!

Popovers with Dill, Crème Fraiche, and Beets

Popovers. Light and airy, easily made but seemingly fancy when dressed up with garnishes. Mine feature tangy créme fraiche and, in a gesture to my Latvian heritage, bites of earthy-sweet beets and fresh dill.

Nettle Soup with Beef Tongue, Chives, and Croutons

Earthy, velvety nettle purée and hearty bites of potato, luscious beef tongue, and crispy croutons come together to make the ultimate spring-time soup. The best part? You can forage the purple dead nettle right from your own yard.

Baked Chicken Florentine

Chicken Florentine is a beloved dish of crispy, cheesy chicken nestled on a bed of spinach and topped with a lush sauce. But did you know that the popularity of the Florentine style of cuisine originates with the notorious Catherine d’Medici, who brought a taste for elegance (and spinach) with her into the French court of King Henri II?