Airy and yet dough at the same time, these iconic, anytime-of-day New Orleans pastries come buried beneath mounds of sweet, sweet confectioners’ sugar. All we have to say is, don’t wear black.
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A better way to start your day. Uh, we mean, end your day. That’s what we meant. Yes. End it. Ahem.
Grilled Greek Chicken
Fresh herbs and a squeeze of lemon lend this chicken its effusive Greek accent. A foolproof grilling technique makes it irresistible in any language.
Jim Lahey’s No-Knead Olive Bread
Kalamata olives lend this no-knead bread ample flavor while a long, slow rise brings it a bakery-quality crumb.
We like to think of cheese blintzes as the original breakfast burritos, though truth be told we like them just as well for dessert.
Southern Corn Sticks
These corn bread batons bake up crisp on the outside, with a fine crumb on the inside, and ready to sop up as much butter or gravy as you wish.
Sweet Tea Cocktail
Sweet tea. Whiskey. Lemon juice. That’s all it takes to make a sassy summertime cocktail you’ll want to sip all afternoon long.
We love ice cream, but sometimes it’s too darn hot and humid for anything sweet and sticky. Enter the lemon ice, a bracingly crisp and tart refresher. The best part—no ice cream maker required!
Pucker up, cuz you’re going to want to sip the bejeebers out of this ridiculously easy, sweetly tart lemonade. Wowza.
Raspberry Cheesecake Brownies
A swoon-inducing collision of creamy cheesecake, cakey brownie, and sweetly tart raspberries. Sorta makes you want to stop reading and start baking, yeah?
The customary morning-after equivalent of a Bloody Mary in Mexico—except this is lighter, less tomato-y, and all around lovelier.
Fried Artichokes ~ Carciofi Fritti
Simple is often best. And any time you want shatteringly crisp fried artichokes that are soul-sighingly tender is a good time for this simple recipe.
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!
Fresh Peas with Mint
Is there anything that screams spring more than lightly buttered peas with a wee bit of mint on top? We think not.
Svelte Green Goddess Dip
This evocatively named dip isn’t the same as the one of yore. It’s got the same sumptuous taste, the same creamy texture, the same luminous color, just not the same calorie count.
Lemon Horseradish Butter
Slather, schmear, and otherwise anoint all manner of things with this nifty flavored butter. Mmmm. Butter.
Whether you’re observing Passover or simply having a tricky time finding flour, these flour-less brownies will satisfy with their ever so slightly crumbly outside and splendiferously fudgy inside.
Pepper and Egg Sandwich
Just like mom made. That’s what we’re hearing from folks who grew up hoovering this classic, quick, easy, cheap Italian staple any and all times of day.
This recipe for thin, crisp matzoh couldn’t be simpler and, natch, tastes incomparable to the stuff you buy in a box.
Sorta amazing what loveliness can be wrought from just a stick of cinnamon and some hot water. So simple. So soothing.