A casserole dish with five chicken thighs that have been oven-fried set on top a dish towel

Judy Hesser’s Oven-Fried Chicken

Mind-bogglingly crisp oven-fried chicken. And it couldn’t be easier to make. Just shake chicken thighs in a bag of seasoned flour, let it do its own thing for an hour or so in the oven, and dinner is done.

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  • 25 M
  • 2 H
  • 2
Three glass jars partially filled with pesto Genovese.

Pesto Genovese

A spoon-it-straight-from-the-jar-and-slather-it-on-everything sauce with the taste of tradition, the seduction of sophistication.

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  • 15 M
  • 39
Halved soft-boiled eggs and toast on a plate with egg shells.

Soft-Boiled Eggs and Toast

Ideal for lazy weekends as well as harried weekdays, these soft-boiled eggs are cooked to perfection in less than five minutes. You’re welcome.

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  • 5 M
  • 5 M
  • 33
Black Velvet

Black Velvet Cocktail

There’s a reason this effervescent mingling of stout and Champagne contains the word “velvet. It’s sooooo smooth and subtly sophisticated. Sip for yourself.

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  • 5 M
  • 5 M
  • 8
A pitcher and two glasses of limeade on a colorful platter with a linen napkin on the side.

Limeade

More tart than sweet is what you’ll find this perfectly puckery little limeade to be. And that’s exactly the way it was always intended to be.

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  • 10 M
  • 10 M
  • 6
A cranberry margarita in a short glass with a skewer or sugared cranberries and orange zest across the top.

Cranberry Margarita

And you thought talking politics with Aunt Em was fun after she’s had a few sips of wine. Just wait’ll you slip her something stronger.

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  • 35 M
  • 45 M
  • 8