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Thumb_9214_Wong Ah Wah Grilled Chicken Wings

Thumb_9214_Wong Ah Wah Grilled Chicken Wings

Once notorious as a Kuala Lumpur's red light district, Jalan Alor is now a food haven casually known as "Wai Sek Kai," which, in Cantonese, means "Glutton Road." Read more about this recipe at Rasa Malaysia.

Thumb_11351_Apricot And Cherry Crumble

Thumb_11351_Apricot And Cherry Crumble

In her Comfort Me With Apples, Ruth Reichl wrote about a fresh apricot pie that is simplicity itself. Put halved apricots in a pie shell and top with a rich streusel topping. We like to skip the pie crust and add sugary cherries to the apricots so that every bite is a burst of sweet-tart fruit.

Thumb_11479_Apple Flax Currant Granola

Thumb_11479_Apple Flax Currant Granola

If you want to preserve all the nutrients of the flax seeds, add them to the granola after baking when it has cooled slightly. Baking the flax seeds will destroy some of the good stuff. Read more about this recipe at VeganYumYum.

Thumb_10955_Bourbon- And Maple-Grilled Acorn Squash

Thumb_10955_Bourbon- And Maple-Grilled Acorn Squash

I prefer to grill-roast acorn squash instead of other varieties because it cuts so easily into neat wedges. The curve of a wedge nicely captures a pool of glaze that beautifully burnishes the surface. Read more about this recipe in Diane Morgan's Grill Every Day.

Thumb_11298_Simmered Fresh Apricots And Cherries

Thumb_11298_Simmered Fresh Apricots And Cherries

This compote goes well on pound cake, plain cookies, waffles, pancakes, crepes and even regular old breakfast toast. We love to drizzle a little of it on top of chocolate desserts, especially those with some spice to them.

Thumb_13526_Bourbon Baked Ham

Thumb_13526_Bourbon Baked Ham

Unless you need to feed a small army, buy a half ham. Read more about this recipe in Virginia Willis' Bon Appétit, Y'All.

Thumb_11172_Cranberry And Raspberry Hand Pies

Thumb_11172_Cranberry And Raspberry Hand Pies

For the pie crust, I took a short cut and used Dufour’s frozen puff pastry. You could just cranberries in the filling but I decided to make mine a touch sweeter with the addition of raspberries. Baking takes about 30 minutes, but that's most of the work required for these little treats. Read more about this recipe at Cook & Eat.

Thumb_11444_Chilled Strawberries With Warm Rhubarb Compote

Thumb_11444_Chilled Strawberries With Warm Rhubarb Compote

Rhubarb compote recipes often overcompensate for the rhubarb's astringency by calling for too much sugar. We like a tart compote because we usually pair it with something sweet in its own right (or rich and meaty). So stew the rhubarb with the 3/4 cup of sugar and add more at the end if you need it.

Thumb_11212_Orange Sauce

Thumb_11212_Orange Sauce

This basic orange sauce perks up simple chocolate desserts and is a favorite for pound cake, crêpes and ice cream. Try a drizzle of the sauce over crème caramel or flan. This recipe is part of the Barbara Kafka Dessert Anthology.

Thumb_11261_Steel-Cut Oatmeal With Cherries, Apricots, Pecans And Basil

Thumb_11261_Steel-Cut Oatmeal With Cherries, Apricots, Pecans And Basil

While oatmeal with fruit is a fine enough breakfast on its own, we always love to throw in an herb and nut for flavor and texture. Here, we used basil and pecans, but you could also use mint or rosemary and almonds or walnuts.

Thumb_10891_Extra Smooth And Fluffy Strawberry Sorbet

Thumb_10891_Extra Smooth And Fluffy Strawberry Sorbet

Rather than using a simple syrup, this recipe calls for an Italian meringue. Although it is complicated to make, the resulting sorbet is divine. The same procedure will work with other fruit purées. This recipe is part of the Barbara Kafka Dessert Anthology.

Thumb_11224_Watermelon, Tomato And Feta Salad

Thumb_11224_Watermelon, Tomato And Feta Salad

This is adapted from a recipe we read about in The Food Section a couple of years ago. Their version was based on a similar salad served at The Hungry Cat in L.A. The sweet watermelon enhances the tomatoes' inherent sweetness. Salty feta and slightly bitter olive oil make this salad completely satisfying.


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