A decorative plate topped with a slice of drunken apple cake that is drizzled with cream.

Drunken Apple Cake ~ Kuchen Borracho

A boozy keeper of a cake, this recipe takes its title from a shot of rum, its compelling taste from ample butter, eggs, and cream, and its inimitable texture from layer after layer of apples.

A person holding a platter of French potato salad above a wooden table.

French Potato Salad

This is not your mom’s potato salad recipe. It relies on tangy Dijon vinaigrette and soft-boiled eggs for dressing with runny yolks that spill into the salad to form an unparalleled richness.

A rack of barbecue beef ribs, with four sliced off the end.

Barbecue Beef Ribs

Minimal effort. Maximum return. These ribs seem like they were tended all night and day in the smoker. Yet mandate barely any effort with a slow spell in the oven or on the grill.

Several strips of maple bacon on a sheet of parchment, with a pastry brush and drizzles of maple syrup beside the bacon.

Maple Bacon

Forget the mixed nuts and nachos. This maple bacon is what we care to toss back while sipping a beer and

A round white plate with six slices of eggnog pie and a dish of whipped cream

Eggnog Pie

Essentially a slightly tipsy cheesecake, this bourbon-enhanced eggnog pie is something we’re classifying as “holiday desserts for parties where people like to party.”

An oval dish filled with roasted plums, topped with star anise.

Roasted Plums

Scented with star anise, not overly sweet, and just 25 minutes from start to finish. Talk about our sorta summer dessert.

Ten whole, plus one broken butter cookies on a piece of crumpled parchment paper

French Butter Cookies

Call them whatever you will. Breton butter cookies. French biscuits. Sables. We call them simply impossible to stop noshing.

White plate with steamed mussels in beer, topped with parsley, nearby lemon wedges and a bottle of beer

Steamed Mussels in Beer

This simple summer crowd-pleaser has “easy entertaining” scrawled all over it. Just don’t forget the bottle opener.