Raspberry vodka lime soda in a pitcher with a large spoon, beside two full glasses, one empty glass, and and a dish of raspberries.

Raspberry Vodka and Lime Soda

A not-too-sweet little sipper, made with vodka and Chambord and garnished with fresh raspberries, this refresher perks up cocktail hour.

A pot of smooth mashed potatoes--made with plenty of butter, cream--with a wooden spoon and pat of butter on top

Velvet Mashed Potatoes

No mere mash, this creamy potato purée owes its uber velvetiness to truly indecent amounts of butter and cream. And we mean that in the best possible way.

Lemon salmon piccata, 2 pieces, in a metal pan with slices of lemon, pan sauce, garnished with garlic and capers.

Lemon Salmon Piccata

Salmon piccata for 2 is a recipe for love–the love of good food, natch. A pan sauce of white wine, lemon, and capers provides the perfect finishing touch.

Vegan chocolate cupcakes, half frosted with vegan chocolate frosting, on a wire rack beside a bowl of frosting.

Vegan Chocolate Cupcakes

Vegan chocolate cupcakes. So scrumptious and deep dark chocolatey that no one’s even going to notice they’re vegan. Swear.

A wooden table with a pink gingham bag with 7 brown sugar cookies in it and a label.

Brown Sugar Cookies

These beauties aren’t unlike classic sugar cookies in terms of ease and appeal. They’re just a little richer and a lot less expected.

4 delicate tumblers filled with St. Germain Cocktail with a little ice and a lemon twist, sitting on a silver tray on a marble table.

St. Germain Cocktail

St. Germain, sparkling wine, and soda water. Lightly effervescent, slightly inebriating, and thoroughly enjoyable.

A glass cake stand with four slices of chocolate marquise with brandied cherries on the side.

Ultimate Chocolate Marquise

An exceptionally, deeply chocolate dessert that feels light and cool. It makes an elegant finish on a warm summer night.

A spoon lifting a scoop of dessert from a double chocolate pots de creme.

Double Chocolate Pots de Crème

Luxury is two kinds of chocolate. One is a soft, cool custard; the other is dark, warm, and smooth. Rich and creamy, they’re exquisite.

Two parfait-style serving dishes filled with raspberry fool, and topped with fresh raspberries.

Raspberry Fool

A luxurious and super simple dessert with a subtle sweetness and a lovely tanginess. Perfect for those extra soft berries.

Big Chewy Brownie Cookies

Big Chewy Brownie Cookies

“Everything I love about brownies. The fudgy center. The crisp edges. And that wondrous crinkly top.” That’s what folks are saying about these.

A white plate with four long slices of banana, covered in melted sugar and rum sauce, with a scoop of ice cream and a spoon.

Bananas Foster

We bet you’ve always wanted to try your hand at this lush dessert, if you haven’t already. It might even be easier to pull off than you think.

A frosty metal pan full of dark chocolate ice cream on a counter covered with sprinkles.

Dark Chocolate Ice Cream

Sultry as a summer night. That’s what we thought when we experienced this seductively smooth, devilishly dark chocolate ice cream that’s almost naughtily intense.

Various filled puff pastry twists lying on a sheet of parchment paper.

Comté and Sesame Twists

The utterly French taste and sumptuousness of these fancy bébés will make every day feel like you’re walking along the Seine wearing a beret.

A whole chocolate meringue mousse cake with one slice cut from it.

Chocolate Meringue Mousse Cake

A chocolate lover’s dream come true, in the form of a lightly textured, dark chocolate mousse. Not too sweet, not too rich—just right.

A bowl filled with spaghetti with scallops.

Spaghetti with Scallops

Elegant and easy, Guiliano Hazan’s recipe for a stunning 30-minute pasta dinner turns out classic Italian fare without any fuss at all.

A grey ceramic bowl filled with baked mac and cheese with bread crumbs

Baked Mac and Cheese with Bread Crumbs

Because nothing says love like cheesy pasta magnificence. This baked mac ‘n cheese, with Colby, Cheddar, and crisp, buttery bread crumbs can be made ahead of time, too.

Three crab cakes with ritz crackers on a metal tray with a small bowl of lemon butter, lemon wedges, and dill sprigs nearby.

Crab Cakes with Ritz Crackers

Plump little bits of crab and not much else, these morsels are better than typical crab cakes. A crisp crust and a buttery lemon sauce are all it takes to make dinner perfect.

A person drizzling sauce over a steak au poivre on a white plate with sweet potato fries.

Julia Child’s Steak au Poivre

Julia Child updated the French classic with mixed peppercorns and allspice to lend a little intrigue. A surprisingly quick yet altogether swoon-worthy weeknight dinner.