Wooden bowl of octopus with paprika, bowl of paprika, cruet of olive oil

Octopus with Paprika

Octopus with paprika, aka pulpo a la Gallega, is pretty much ubiquitous at bars and restaurants in Spain. There’s a reason for that.

A green bowl filled with sautéed bacon, mushrooms, and lentils with a whole piece of bacon on top.

Sautéed Bacon, Mushrooms, and Lentils

It may seem criminal to bathe the walloping nutrition of lentils and mushrooms in anything but wholesomeness, but there’s something to be said for quality of life. Hello, bacon!

Oval casserole dish with spring asparagus and Asiago gratin, topped with coarse bread crumbs

Asparagus and Asiago Gratin

Our easy and elegant solution when you buy not-quite-spring spears of asparagus from the grocery store? Just add cheese and butter and bread crumbs.

A plate with a trio of deviled eggs - horseradish deviled egg, truffled deviled egg, and smoked salmon deviled egg.

A Trio of Deviled Eggs

Irresistible. That’s what we think of this array of deviled eggs, which come in classic, smoked salmon, and lightly truffled. Better than mom’s.

A loaf of paleo banana bread on a round metal trivet with one slice cut from it.

Paleo Banana Bread

This is gluten-free and paleo-friendly, for those keeping track of such things. But it’s also awesome enough for anyone to fall for it.

Three grilled artichoke halves, some lemon wedges, and dip on a wooden peel

Grilled Artichokes

Simple and stunning. That’s what we expect outta any side that we pull off the grill. These artichokes deliver all that—and then some.

A white serving bowls filled with smashed potatoes and garnished with thyme sprigs on a wooden board.

Smashed Potatoes

Before you roll your eyes and mutter, “Do I need another mashed potato recipe?” we suggest you try these simple, sinful, pleasingly chunky smashed spuds. The answer, you’ll find, is yes.

Several varieties of crystallized flowers scattered across a white surface.

Crystallized Flowers

Because mom loves flowers, sweets, and beautifiul things. Can you just imagine these delicate little lovelies strewn across her fave cake?!