A few dollops of cranberry sorbet in a white porcelain bowl.

Cranberry Sorbet

This pretty little number is sweet and tart and sassy enough to hold its own against all manner of menus, whether holiday or more humdrum.

Four slices of bruschetta topped with tomato on a wooden cutting board.

Bruschetta with Tomato

Bruschetta rubbed with garlic and loaded with tomato are de rigeur summer fare. Pile heirloom tomatoes on the toast for a twist on the classic.

A white plate with a mound of cannellini bean salad and a bunch of grape tomatoes on the vine.

Cannellini Bean Salad

Roasting grape tomatoes intensifies their flavor and makes them all the more enticing in this anytime-of-year vegetarian tapas.

Molten chocolate cake, a wedge cut from it, with chocolate oozing; whipped cream on top, on a plate

Molten Chocolate Cake

This french molten chocolate cake flows seductive when cut into with a fork. A cinch to make, this molten chocolate cake is an elegant, impressive dessert.

Pot of chile cheese fondue, a plate of chorizo, and tortillas

Southwest Chile Cheese Fondue

This Southwest chile cheese fondue is brimming with chile ingredients, cheese, and spices. This is a fondue with brio. Dip chorizo for a flavor blast.

Brown bowl of spicy Swiss potato soup with scallion, Gruyere cheese, and potatoes on top

Spicy Swiss Potato Soup

Use leftover mashed potatoes for this spicy soup with Gruyere cheese. Cayenne pepper supplies the heat and scallions add the right amount of onion flavor.