A small bowl of lemon wedges and two white bowls of deep purple summer borscht with a dollop or sour cream and sprinkling of chives in each.

Summer Borscht

An easy and elegant version of the traditional Russian winter soup that’s refreshing (and healthy) as heck.

A small reck crock of easy chicken liver pate, nearby a baguette and and a hunk of bread smeared with pate

Easy Chicken Liver Pâté

Satiny smooth and ridiculously rich, this elegant spread is begging to be schmeared on rustic white bread and accompanied by a glass of riesling, whether as an impressive hors d’oeuvres or a simple winter supper.

Two oval gratin dishes filled with braised endive gratin topped with bubbly browned cheese and breadcrumbs

Belgian Endive Gratin

If you’ve been limiting your endive game to crudité platters and cute appetizers, prepare to be astonished.

Several cranberry pistachio biscotti cookies tied together with raffia

Cranberry Pistachio Biscotti

Cranberries add a chewy, sweet-tartness and pistachios bring a buttery tasting richness to these biscotti, making them a must-make for Christmas.

A pan lined with parchment paper containing sliced roasted beets, chunks of feta cheese, a dressing, and a spoon

Roasted Beets with Feta

Earthy beets. Salty cheese. There’s something stunning about the contrast between the two. Tasting is believing.

White bowl with quinoa chili, red kidney beans, tomatoes, black beans, chopped avocado, grated, cheese, tortilla chips, a black spoon

Quinoa Chili

A vegetarian’s delight. Quinoa, black beans, kidney beans, tomatoes, onions, and garlic are cooked in a broth infused with chili powder, cumin, cinnamon, and unsweetened cocoa.

Martini glass filled with yellow Bee's Knees cocktail--honey, gin, and lemon--with a lemon twist

Bee’s Knees Cocktail

Made with honey syrup, the aptly named Bee’s Knees cocktail has its origin in Prohibition, back when simplicity and sweet reigned supreme.

A bowl filled with mango chutney, with visible pieces of cinnamon and star anise

Mango Chutney

You’d never, ever guess how quick and easy it is to make this authentic Indian condiment at home. And let’s not forget how delicious it is. So much so that folks are calling it “outstanding” and “magic.” Enough said.