When a Bifana is More than a Sandwich

David explains the comfort he found in a simple Portuguese sandwich whose name or popularity he didn’t know until years later. He simply knew at the time that it tasted like home.

Several cooked papo-secos on a wire rack.

Papo Secos ~ Portuguese Rolls

David explains how to make classic Portuguese papo secos, the stuff of everyday eating, that essentially look like cherubic little baby buns and have a taste that’s also divine.

A bifana, a Portuguese pork sandwich on a white plate with a bottle of mustard in the background.

Bifanas ~ Portuguese Pork Sandwiches

In the pantheon of great Portuguese foods, there are few sandwiches that are more superlative than the bifana. Essentially pork, bread, and sauce, it’s comfort food at its simplest.

A loaf of Italian bread filled with buffalo chicken dip, with a dish of blue cheese dip and a few beers on the side.

Buffalo Chicken Dip

Sorta a mashup of buffalo chicken wings and cheese dip, this little number works gratifyingly well as an app, though we find it rather difficult to save space for anything else.

A grid of Memorial Day must-haves including a water bottle, picnic basket, spoons, and fish-shaped platter.

8 Memorial Day Must Haves

Our picks for those of you who, in lieu of having a backyard packed with friends for Memorial Day, may wish to opt for a simple yet sophisticated picnic in a different location.

A white bowl and silver spoon filled with tuscan beans, red pepper, and celery.

Tuscan Beans

If you’re looking for a lively dish, this is not it. Rather, it contains hints of Tuscany here and there in a subdued fashion.