Pop Rocks-Decorated Cakes and More Recipes

In today's media mix, punchbowls for a party, plus a perfect chilled avocado soup
Decorate your cake with Pop Rocks and more cooking ideas.

Check out our food editors' picks of the best recipes from food sections across the country.

NY Mag
Have you ever cooked purslane? Well, it goes great in a salad.

LA Times
This is the stuff kids' dreams are made of: A seven-layer soda-flavored, pop-rocks-encrusted birthday cake. We die.

NY Times
Nothing beats the heat quite like cold noodle dishes. This soba dish with tofu, eggplants, and pluots makes the best of summer produce.

NPR
Pine nuts are crazy expensive, so try other nuts to make your pesto this summer. Our favorite? Pistachio pesto.

Chicago Tribune
How to serve wine with hot dogs: these people would know how to do it.

Seattle Times
Popcorn-encrusted chicken? Get out.

Kitchen Daily
Cannot wait for fall to start making all the glorious apple butter, ever.

Portland Press Herald
Then again, we also wish blueberry season could last forever, because how else will we make this blueberry crisp with corn ice cream?

Washington Post
Chilled avocado soup? Perfect.

Wall Street Journal
A Kentucky native shows you how to make real Kentucky fried chicken.

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