• Melted-Pepper-Ricotta Toast

    With the vegetal sweetness of caramelized peppers and onions as the base, a topping of fresh ricotta, flaky salt, and mint leaves is a simple way to make a terrific breakfast or lunch. It…

  • Melted-Pepper Spread

    Think of this as a cousin of the classic pepper stews pepperonata or piperade, but cooked down and caramelized to feature the peppers and onions’ sweetness and luscious, spreadable texture. Its terrific as a…

  • Sunny Day Real Estate Cocktail

    The Los Angeles mixologist Alex Day is a fan of the band Sunny Day Real Estate and named this summery drink after them. The cocktail combines the classic aperitifs vermouth and Aperol with a…

  • Lemon-Blueberry Bars

    Fresh blueberries make these lemon bars a bit sweeter than usual, and very jammy, but without compromising their essential acidity. The grated lime zest gives the curd another note of citrus complexity. But if…

  • Wedge Salad

    Wedge salads are essential steakhouse fare and have been for decades – “iceberg wedges, blue cheese, bacon” was Roger Sterling’s order on “Mad Men” when he and Don Draper saved the Madison Square Garden…

  • Buttermilk Blue Cheese Dressing

    This is an excellent dressing for wedge salads, and for ones of grilled romaine. I love it drizzled over a pile of really, really ripe tomatoes. It’s a great dip for spicy chicken wings. And it…

  • Pumpkinseed Butter Goji Cookies

    I’ve grown very used to making my own nut butters, it’s complete second nature by now. I buy nuts and seeds in bulk, which is cheaper, and blending them up to a buttery stage…

  • Zucchini and Egg Tart With Fresh Herbs

    Store-bought puff pastry makes easy work of this colorful tart, adapted from “The Modern Cook’s Year,” a vegetarian cookbook by the British author Anna Jones. When you’re rolling out puff pastry, thin flatbread or…