Bling up Your Pickles

Bling up your pickles

The healthy side takes center stage on your summer cheese board. “A mix of colors and textures makes a beautiful spread,” says chef Joshua McFadden, the author of Six Seasons: A New Way With Vegetables.

Use his basic brine to tang up endive, cauliflower, even cherries: Stir 1 1/2 cups hot water, 1/2 cup rice vinegar, 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon kosher salt, 5 tablespoons sugar, and 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar. Pour over veggies (or fruit), cover, and refrigerate for at least a day.

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The hunk, re-thunk Just when we thought the dark stuff couldn’t get any more OMG, this smooth new bar doubles down on the antioxidants. World-renowned chef Thomas Keller and legendary olive oil producer Armando Manni partnered to create their K + M Extravirgin Chocolate line ($15 per bar, williams-sonoma.com), subbing olive oil for cacao butter. “We cracked the code,” Keller says. “We came up with a process to keep more flavonoids in the chocolate.” The result: an extra silky bite that heightens the health perks of cacao beans.

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