I have always loved picnics, even when the reality falls short of expectations. My romantic notions of dining al fresco, have survived numerous forays on windswept British beaches, with sand scouring our faces and invading the sandwiches. Enduring buzzing flies and angry wasps on a soggy river bank could not dampen my enthusiasm for eating […]
We are now in the height of strawberry season, but without a Strawberry Festival to mark the time, we must make a festival ourselves. Luckily, there are so many wonderful ways to celebrate this fruit of June.
Fresh herbs are another joy of early summer. We went for chives and parsley with a hint of thyme and mint, but dill and basil also hit the right note. Radishes are at their sharp, juicy best. Prepare at least a day in advance and up to three days ahead to allow flavors to meld. […]
Long live this dessert, which delivers home-baked taste when you don’t have time to make a shortbread or pie. The crumble topping can be made up to 5 days ahead and stored in an airtight container in a cool place (but not in the fridge, which can make it go soggy). Serve the dessert layered […]
Handle with care. Flounder is delicate, but this easy recipe requires no magic tricks. Seven minutes in a hot oven is enough to transform it into a company-worthy dish. The secret’s in the crust—a thin coating of mayonnaise, Dijon mustard, and diced shallots covered with Parmesan and breadcrumbs. P.S. You must make your own breadcrumbs, […]
by Alison Boyd-Savage During my visits to the Greek Island of Andros in late spring and early summer, I was fascinated by the groups of women combing the hillsides in search of the mixture of wild plants and herbs locally called Horta. When I finally got to peek into their foraging baskets, I saw that […]
Asparagus Sformato with Chive Cream and Arugula Salad You say sfor-MATE-o and I say sfor-MAH-to—but what exactly does the word mean? Leonardo da Vinci, first credited with using the sformato painting technique in works like the Mona Lisa—would like you to know that the term derives from fumo (smoke) and connotes a soft shading between […]
By Alison Boyd-Savage Whipping up a batch of homemade flatbreads is a total win. Don’t let the thought of baking your own yeasted bread daunt you, you will be amazed at how quickly this recipe comes together from just a few pantry staples. A superior alternative to store-bought pita, you can use to assemble sandwiches, […]