The best meal is made with the freshest ingredients of summer | Food and Cooking

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Torn basil or flat-leaf parsley leaves, to garnish

1. Cut the tomato into half-inch-thick wedges or slices and arrange them evenly over the bottom of a large serving platter. Season the tomatoes with salt and black pepper. In a small bowl, stir together the vinegar and garlic.

2. Crumble the sausage into a large nonstick skillet, then place over medium heat. Once the sausage starts sizzling, continue cooking, stirring occasionally and breaking up the crumbles as you go, until deeply golden brown and crisp, 8 to 10 minutes. Using a wooden spoon or heat-proof silicone spatula, scrape the sausage and

Patience is a virtue, especially when caramelizing onions | Food-and-cooking

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Making caramelized onions takes time; patient cooking is needed to draw out the onions natural sugars. As the onions cook, they soften and their sugary juices caramelize, making them sweet, succulent and tender.

It will seem like a lot of sliced onions when you start, but as the onions cook and lose their juices, they’ll cook down to a MUCH smaller, sweeter amount. When finished and cooled, store them in the fridge, covered, for about a week and use them to enhance your favorite recipe.

Personally, I love lending their sweetness to a savory scone recipe or breakfast hash. As

Meet the ‘Brokeass Cooks’ who started a pop-up in their Oakland backyard

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Make these no-cook meals on lazy days | Food & Cooking

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National Lazy Day is Monday, Aug. 10. I’m not sure if this is an official holiday, but I’m definitely down with celebrating.

Especially if it gives me permission to (mostly) forgo the heat of the oven and stove for quick and easy meals.

Here’s to staying cool in favor of fresh, quick, low-cook meals.

Loaded Hummus, Flatbread and Pan-Fried Sausages

This is a sort of non-recipe, but I’ve shared the heaped hummus recipe from Smitten Kitchen to make it easier for home cooks who like a bit of direction.

4 large pitas, toasted, cut into wedges

1½ cups (8 ounces)