A whole asparagus tart on a piece of parchment paper.

Asparagus Tart

If spring had a taste, we dare say it’d be this simple yet sophisticated tart with its cheese custard, shatteringly crisp phyllo crust, and row after row of spring spears.

Two stacks of wedges of glazed lemon ginger shortbread.

Lemon Ginger Shortbread

Shortbread cookkies made with the warmth of ginger and the puckeriness of lemon are baked to buttery, crumbly magnificence.

Two frozen chocolate-covered bananas on sticks with a bowl of peanuts and more popsicle sticks beside them.

Frozen Chocolate-Covered Bananas

We’re not sure what The King would say about this frozen riff on his fave sandwich. But with all due respect, does it really matter? Banana, chocolate, peanuts, and bacon!

A silver bowl of mujadara -- cooked rice and lentils, topped with caramelized onions with a silver spoon on the side.

Mujadara

Comfort food at its finest and, perhaps, easiest. Made with rice, lentils, and caramelized onions, it’s as good room temp as it is warm and goes with almost anything. Full of flavor yet also frugal.

A bowl filled with Southern potato salad with a wooden spoon ad a scoop of salad on the side.

Southern Potato Salad

Because there weren’t enough tempting potato salads in the world, The South came up with its own rendition. And yes, it calls for Duke’s. And a whole lotta other tempting things.

A glass bowl filled with dumpling dipping sauce with pieces of scallion and cilantro floating in it and scattered around the jar.

Dumpling Dipping Sauce

When you want something with more flavor than just soy sauce, let this dipping sauce liven up anything Asian-inspired. Grilled veg, seafood, potstickers, it’s all good.

An oval casserole dish of acquacotta - eggs poached in a tomato and onion sauce -- with a piece of bread, plate, and utensils on the side.

Acquacotta

Sorta like shakshuka, aquacotta is an Italian soup from southern Tuscany that’s essentially leftover bread, tomatoes, onions, and chiles with eggs and a little Parmesan. Living large.