What We’re Reading in the CHOW Test Kitchen

Blue Kitchen: Lavender-crusted lamb chops are a nice alternative to the standard rosemary. —Lisa

USA Character Approved Blog: Will spendy new Momofuku jarred sauces really be able to bring a little David Chang to your home kitchen? —Lisa

The Sweet Beet: It may be the Wisconsin in me talkin', but I love corn, and it fully deserves a summer shout-out. This fresh corn salad recipe (see photo) with green beans, basil, and feta looks like it does it justice. —Amy

Piggy's Cooking Journal: I enjoy cucumbers. I enjoy shabu-shabu. This genius combo involves wrapping cucumbers with thin-sliced pork and frying until golden brown. I may get crazy and try this with pickles. —Amy

The Meaning of Pie: This beautiful homemade habanero jelly sounds like the perfect thing to spread on a ham and biscuit sandwich. —Christine

You Fed a Baby Chili?: I'm impressed by this seven-way beer-can-chicken battle; they even had a chicken-related prize for the winner! —Christine