New Year’s Superstitions & Traditions

For some, this time of year is all about resolutions. For others, it’s all about traditions and superstitions.

Best Cookbooks of 2012

Here’s an eclectic and excellent array of the year’s cookbooks, the ones we simply can’t imagine not telling you about.

Julia Child: What I Have Learned

The American doyenne of French cooking expounds upon what she learned during a lifetime of cooking—and thinking—at the stove.

Blueberry Crumble Recipe

What to bring to a backyard bash when all you want is mad crazy gratitude and an empty dish to take home.

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Leite’s Loves…Laguiole Steak Knives

A splurge at Anthropologie reveals some unabashedly girlie French knives with an unmistakably masculine appeal.

Classic Martini

The classic martini–you know, the one sipped throughout decades past–dispenses with questions of shaken or stirred, dirty or dry. It just is what it is.

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TV Dinners: Grand or Gauche?

The TV dinner, that icon of mid-century American life, offered Renee and David two disparate experiences: Freedom and disappointment.

Leite’s Loves…Tate’s Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Cookies

When the consummate chocolate chip cookie goes gluten-free, Renee does a little happy dance–and explains why she thinks you will, too.

Woodstock: Peace, Love, Granola?

Peace. Love. Granola. We reconsider hippy cooking in light of the principles those tie dye-wearing, tree-hugging concertgoers espoused.

Red Wine and Feta Vinaigrette

This herby vinaigrette boasts ample flavor to flaunt throughout the meal on salad, veggies, grilled chicken, roast fish. Drizzle it here, there, everywhere.

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Weeds, er, Salad Greens

One girl’s weeds, it seems, are another girl’s supper. Renee swoons to the miscellany of sweetly summery shoots and sprigs and sprouts at the greenmarket.

Side Dishes for Fried Chicken

Consummate sidekicks for fried chicken—both classic and unconventional—to keep everyone at the table happy. We promise.

Fourth of July Fried Chicken Recipes

Looking for the best fried chicken for the Fourth? Look no further. We got ’em all: Cajun, Northern, Asian, and Southern recipes.

Pimm’s Cup for Wimbledon

A sprightly seasonal classic, this variant on a Pimm’s Cup is a wham bam grand slam of booze, orange, lemon, cucumber, mint, and lemon-lime soda.

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