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The Cookstr Weekly: All-American Classics & Salads for Springtime

April 30, 2012

While the weather’s still wavering towards full-blown springtime, picnic baskets are being dusted off, baseball season is in full swing, and we’re looking forward to a summer of grilling, fresh corn and tomatoes, and rhubarb pies. In the meantime, we’re exploring all-American cuisine with a rich variety of dishes from various regions around the country. From New England seafood to Southern barbecue, there’s plenty outside of a burger and apple pie to celebrate about this tasty nation. Like Ellie Krieger’s recipe for Macaroni and Four Cheese, a fun twist on a classic that’s appeared in American cookbooks since 1824. This version has a healthy secret ingredient you won’t guess!

More All-American Recipes from Cookstr

Check out the new slideshow on the homepage, featuring main course and side salads for springtime! Try this recipe by Lauren Groveman for Tender Greens with Pears, Apples, Grapes, Gorgonzola, and Grilled Chicken, for a sweet and savory main course that’s sure to satisfy. The tangy dressing pairs perfectly with the creamy Gorgonzola and fruit, and it’s easy to make a big batch to serve a crowd. Head over to for more main course salads and meal ideas!

 Recipes Recently Added: “Almond Joy” Macaroons 

“As a child, I loved coconut desserts: macaroons, coconut cake, and especially the chocolate-and-coconut Almond Joy candy bar. I haven’t eaten one of those in many years, but I do eat these cookies, designed to be reminiscent of the candy but not so cloyingly sweet. In this version, pineapple replaces some of the coconut for natural sweetness with fewer calories.”

– Marisa Churchill, Sweet & Skinny

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