Seasonal Sundays (Week 22) Late May

Leave it to 90-degree days to push me off the spring cliff straight into summer food. This got me to thinking about recipes that are happily repeated all summer long. So that's the focus this week, summer recipes to make again and again. Breakfasts. Simple Suppers. And Sweets, too! Plus the usual collection of recipes to inspire your week ...

Seasonal Sundays ♥, a seasonal collection of recipes and life ideas in and out of the kitchen.

Welcome to Seasonal Sundays ...

So is it just a St. Louis "thing" or an everywhere "thing"???

When my now-grown nephews were little, they'd call out "yellow car" every time one came within sight. When the twin grandsons were with us so much last summer, same thing. And sure enough, the car/driving game is indeed a "thing".

But it's seeming to me that yellow cars – from a few soft, pretty buttery yellows to mostly look-at-me-look-at-me sunflower yellows – are everywhere!

Last weekend, we counted 29 during a 540+ mile one-day trip to Fayetteville, Arkansas.

But that's nothing. Ten or eleven can easily appear during an hour of errands within 10 miles of home. My personal favorite is a yellow Jeep with black top, very cool. In a sea of black and white and gray SUVs and pickups, yellow cars are definitely noticeable!

So. A St. Louis thing or not? Let me know what shows up in your world!

PS No taxis. No school buses. No parking lots full of industrial earth-moving vehicles. No "metallic gold".

About the Photo By Popular Request, a Little Insight into the Top Image: A small glimpse into the single sunny spot in my herb garden, thus the spot where I put not herbs, lol, but colorful annuals, here just geraniums and pansies planted for Easter color which will fade as soon as summer heat really hits.

LOOKING BACK 2020, when we were all getting used to the idea that Covid wasn't going away anytime soon.


Pick One is for those of us overwhelmed by life's unending choices. If that resonates, then check out this one recipe and then call it a day. It's one that I think could make the most difference, the one I hope will become a regular in your kitchen, as it is in mine.

Asparagus Spears with Easy Lemon-Mayo Dip, another quick, healthy vegetable appetizer ♥ Just three ingredients!
  • THE RECIPE Asparagus Spears with Easy Lemon-Mayo Dip A simple appetizer, gorgeous lemony dip.
  • WHY THIS, WHY NOW Last week, I threatened promised to kick off our dinners with some sort of snack. It was great! This was our favorite and so completely simple. We loved it with asparagus but when that ran out, the rest was used instead of plain mayo on smoked chicken sandwiches: HEAVEN. You do need to allow time for flavors to meld, otherwise you'll be wondering what all the fuss is about.


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Kitchen Parade's May Favorites

Tourlou Tourlou (Greek Baked Vegetables) ♥, a vegan rainbow of vegetables slow-cooked in the oven. Great for parties, serve hot or at room temperature.

Lime Crema ♥, a simple way to upgrade tacos, quesadillas, enchiladas and more.

Mexican Salsa Bread ♥, easy homemade bread with a kick, just salsa and spices.

A Veggie Venture's May Favorites

Summer Lentils, another hearty salad ♥ A Veggie Venture, healthy lentils plus plenty of vegetables for crunch and color. Low Carb. Weight Watchers Friendly. Vegan or Vegetarian.
  • THE RECIPE Summer Lentils aka the "Great Big Vegetable Salad with a Few Lentils Thrown In Just for Fun".
  • ANOTHER TAKE Best-Ever Lentil Salad An unusual cooking technique, great for meal prep.

How to Shop at a Farmers Market ♥ Thoughts & Tips from a Veteran Shopper.

Gorgeous Raw Asparagus Salad, another simple seasonal salad ♥

Summer Breakfasts to Make Again & Again

Cold-Brewed Coffee ♥, for smooth, low-acidity coffee, just brew coffee grounds in water overnight. It's a summer saver!

Everything Bagel Breakfast Salad, another easy healthy summer breakfast ♥ A Veggie Venture. High Protein. Low Carb. Easy Weekday Breakfast. Very Weight Watchers Friendly. Gluten Free.

Magical Breakfast Cream ♥, just yogurt and a few stir-ins, from the French Women Don't Get Fat Cookbook.

Simple Summer Suppers to Make All Summer Long

Mediterranean Eggplant, another Quick Supper ♥, a quick, easy & tasty vegetarian supper, just eggplant, zucchini and tomato (fresh or canned) with a little feta stirred in. One Pot. Weight Watchers Friendly. Low Carb. Gluten Free.

Simple Lentil Salad with Seasonal Vegetables ♥, a concept recipe, a supper salad that starts with meaty lentils and whatever vegetables are on hand or appeal.

Sweet Pepper Pasta Skillet, another Quick Supper ♥, three colors of bell pepper plus corn, peas and fresh basil. Easy Weeknight Dinner. Budget Friendly.

Summery Sweets to Sweeten Summer Suppers

Master Recipe: Rustic Fruit Ice Cream ♥, a no-cook master recipe for ice cream with all different fruits, rich, creamy and totally fruity.

Naked Peach Cobbler ♥, a peach cobbler makeover, all about the peaches, saving 200 calories by skipping the topping. But if someone in the family wants a topping? It's super easy to mix 'n' match, some with, some without.

Mom's Blueberry Coffeecake, another easy summer recipe ♥, moist and delicious with fresh or frozen blueberries. Rave reviews!

Lunch at the Kitchen Table

Homemade Thousand Island Dressing, another easy homemade salad dressing ♥ A Veggie Venture

Snack Before Supper

Chunky 'Choke & Chickpea Chow, hummus meets artichoke dip ♥

Summer Easy: Less Cookin', More Livin'.

More than a decade ago, I started collecting a certain style of summer dishes that espouse my summer motto, Less Cookin', More Livin'. These are Kitchen Parade's most simple, most fresh, most memorable and most summery recipes, all in one place. I hope you love 'em all! See Easy Summer Recipes!

Green Mayonnaise ♥, a whole new way to think of mayonnaise, blended with spinach and fresh herbs.

The Dinner Bell

Seven days a week, 52 weeks a year, the dinner bell rings. If we're gonna eat, somebody's gotta cook, some nights fuel, some nights a feast. Let's make it good, a welcome end to our days.
Mexican Chicken Salad, another Quick Supper ♥, just rotisserie chicken tossed with lime-yogurt vinaigrette, black beans, jicama, corn and tomato.

Lemon Asparagus Pasta ♥, a classic for spring, fresh asparagus and bowties in a simple lemon cream sauce.

Perfect Thick Pork Chops ♥, how to cook a thick pork chop, turning out juicy, perfectly cooked meat every time.

Good to Know

Favorite Asparagus Recipes ♥ Sides to salads, soups to suppers and more.

Put an Egg on Top aka "How About Eggs for Dinner?"

Why should breakfast get all the eggs?! If eggs for dinner were a club, I'd be president, chief marketing officer, resident evangelist, public advocate and ... hey, wanna join my club? Start here!

Asparagus Whole Wheat Bread Pudding ♥, rustic, studded with fat spears of asparagus and cheese, bright with fresh herbs and lemon zest. Perfect for a spring brunch menu or a weeknight supper.

Something New to You? A Challenge!

It's one thing to know what we like. It's another to get caught in a rut of repetition. Every so often, I may offer a challenge to try something that just might be new. The challenge is yours to accept – or y'know, not – but I hope to pique your palate!

New-Fashioned Sauerkraut Salad ♥, a classic sauerkraut salad recipe, lightened, brightened. With vegetables, hominy and black beans.

Savoring Sweet Potatoes: A Challenge

So usually my "challenges" are, well, a challenge, an undertaking, an endeavor, a project. But here? For a few weeks, I hope you'll throw a few sweet potatoes onto your grocery list, knowing there'll be a simple recipe to tackle. Who's game?!
Confetti Potato Salad ♥, a colorful mix of sweet potatoes, potatoes and vegetables. No mayonnaise.

Meal Prep

Homemade Greek Salad Dressing ♥ Just a few pantry ingredients plus feta. Better than bought!

Summer = Simple Smoothie Season!

Strawberry Rhubarb Smoothies ♥ The classic spring combo, in smoothies.

Finnish Food

Finnish Whole-Wheat Flatbread ♥, hot bread on the table in minutes.

Mexican Food

Quinoa & Black Bean Salad ♥, a great make-ahead salad recipe. Hearty with quinoa and crunchy with vegetables, bright with lime.

Most Useful Recipes, Just One Per Year

When a blogger loves every single one of her published recipes, how in the world does she pick just one favorite? It's stunning, honestly, how each year one Kitchen Parade recipe stands out from all the others that year for sheer usefulness. So that's why I created this collection of best recipes, just one per year, Best-Ever “Most Useful” Recipes 2002 – Present, just one recipe per year from Kitchen Parade. Here's a sample.

How to Transform Your Morning Oatmeal with Creamy Oatmeal ♥, half steel-cut oats and half old-fashioned rolled oats cooked in part milk, part water. Great texture. Great for meal prep. Weight Watchers Friendly.

PS Who's noticed? I'm big on highlighting "usefulness". To mark A Veggie Venture's 15th anniversary in 2020, I took a hard look at the first 365 vegetable recipes from the first year to select just 15 which, all these many years and recipes later, remain ever so useful. You'll want to dig into this collection, 15 Favorite Vegetable Recipes, Still Useful After 15 Years.

Lookin' for Love

We're all proud of our best recipes that family and friends (and the Internet!) just love. But what about the recipes we love but are, ahem, so far under-appreciated? This recipe is just that, it could use a little extra love!

Herb-Coated Broiled Fish ♥, just coat fish pieces in fresh herbs, then broiled.

My Favorite New Way to Roast Beets, another time-tested technique ♥ A Veggie Venture.

Soups & Salads Especially for May

The month of May be be "full spring" on the calendar but for vegetable lovers, May is a straddle between early spring (when really, only greens and asparagus are in local season) and full summer (when really, in some parts of the country, evvvvvvery vegetable imagineable is fresh and lovely). For me, that May means gearing up for summer tastes all the while going gumby for reality: there's nothing like a hot bowl of soup on a chilly May day! nor a simple salad supper on a warm May evening! That's why I spent a year gathering all of A Veggie Venture's best soup and salad recipes into easy-to-scan month-by-month collections.

Dig into Seasonal Soup & Salad Recipes for May, so many ideas!

Here's a sample!

Mark Bittman's 'Salted' Chopped Salad ♥ Start with cabbage ('cooked' with a sprinkling of salt), then add vegetables of your own liking.

Feeding a Sugar-Conscious Sweet Tooth

You too? We're cutting back on sweets without demonizing dessert, usually with smaller batches, smaller servings, shareable desserts or fruit desserts in addition to limiting frequency. But some times?

Two Poppy Seed Cake Recipes ♥, one made from scratch with stripes of chocolate-cinnamon streusel, another that starts with a cake mix, perfect for baking with kids.


Who else loves seeing old photos pop up, quick memories from years past? Welcome to a recipe timehop ...

Maple-Glazed Salmon ♥, simple salmon marinated in maple syrup, dusted with pepper and baked. Simple enough for a weeknight, special enough for company. High Protein. Weight Watchers Friendly.

Artichoke Asiago Cheese Bread ♥ Savory quick bread made with artichoke hearts, olives and cubes of asiago cheese.


My Top 10 Recipes are predictable, hello Should Cooked Pork Be Pink? and (Sloooow) Baked Potatoes (How Long to Bake a Baked Potato). But every week, seasonal recipes catch the internet's attention and start to trend.

How to Safely Purée Soups & Other Hot Liquids in a Blender ♥, preventing big messes and bad burns.

Kalamata Tuna Salad Bok Choy Wraps ♥, tuna salad made with olives wrapped in peppery bok choy leaves. Weight Watchers Friendly. LowCarb. Naturally Gluten Free. Paleo. Whole30 Friendly.

Just Updated!

Party Asparagus with Aioli ♥ The trick to serving asparagus chilled? Salt. A little effort but definitely worthwhile for perfect chilled asparagus.

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Kitchen Parade is written by second-generation food columnist Alanna Kellogg and features fresh, seasonal dishes for every-day healthful eating and occasional indulgences. Quick Suppers are Kitchen Parade favorites and feature recipes easy on the budget, the clock, the waistline and the dishwasher. Do you have a favorite recipe that other Kitchen Parade readers might like? Just send me a quick e-mail via How to print a Kitchen Parade recipe. Never miss a recipe! If you like this recipe, sign up for a free e-mail subscription. If you like Kitchen Parade, you're sure to like my food blog about vegetable recipes, too, A Veggie Venture. When you make my recipes, I'd love to know your results! Just leave a comment below or better still, on the specific recipe's page.

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