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April 11, 2018

A great pasta salad is a beautiful thing. It anchors a picnic, potluck or buffet with aplomb. It's portable, flexible and easily and often vegetarian.

One of the first things I made for my then-boyfriend's (now husband's) parents was a pasta salad, and for whatever reason, it won them over and…


Leftover Brisket Barley Soup recycles holiday meal

April 04, 2018

If you are hosting Passover, you may well be making a brisket. And if you are making brisket, you may well have leftovers.

(And if you don't end up with leftovers, make a note next year to buy a bigger brisket.)

You can, of course, just heat up those leftover slices and have yourself another small,…


Chicken Piri Piri a different take on poultry dish

March 28, 2018

Here's the drill with butterflying — or spatchcocking — a bird. You cut the backbone out of the chicken with kitchen shears, then turn the bird over and press down on the breastbone until the bird lies somewhat flat.

It's not difficult to do, but a) you need sharp kitchen shears, and b)…


Classic Deviled Eggs

March 21, 2018

Deviled eggs know no single season or demographic. They are blissfully democratic appetizers.

In the same category as pigs in a blanket: everyone is happy to see them, sophisticated people shed their cool. You can't be annoyed when there are deviled eggs around; it would be like being irritated in…