Men and women looking to fill their kitchens with the aromas of freshly prepared foods from afar may want to try their hand at the following recipe for "Cornmeal Muffins" from Maxine Clark's "Pizza, Calzone & Focaccia" (Ryland,Peters & Small). Popular in Tuscany, these muffins resemble traditional English muffins.
Fans of hot foods that tend to test the palate's ability to survive some spice may appreciate the following recipe for "Grilled Oyster Mushrooms on Mascarpone Toast With Hot Giardiniera" from Kevin Gillespie and David Joachim's "Fire In My Belly" (Andrews McMeel). While the giardiniera packs a potent punch, the mascarpone mellows the heat, making this a spicy yet still enjoyable dish sure to be enjoyed by fans of hot foods.
Dessert and summer are a match made in heaven. Sweltering summer afternoons might not be comfortable, but any discomfort can be quickly washed away with a refreshing dessert, such as the following recipe for "Kiwi Fruit Sorbet" from Lou Seibert Pappas' "Ice Creams & Sorbets" (Chronicle Books).
Chickpeas are loaded with protein and fiber, making them a healthy addition to just about anyone's diet. For those who want the nutritious pack chickpeas can provide but are worried that chickpeas fall short in the flavor department, you can enjoy the best of both worlds by cooking up the following recipe for "Spiced Chickpeas" from "Crossroads: Extraordinary Recipes from the Restaurant That Is Reinventing Vegan Cuisine" (Artisan) by Tal Ronnen, Scot Jones and Serafina Magnussen.