These jam-filled mini pastries are charming and distinctive. In other words, they're perfect for Mom.
Elderflower liqueur has a subtle flavor that upgrades store-bought jam, adding sophistication to rustic tassies (from the Scottish word for "small cup").
If you've never had a Pimm's Cup before, you're in for a treat. The refreshing cocktail, long a favorite in the U.K., is editor in chief Eric A. Pike's go-to summertime drink. This version of it includes both its namesake, Pimm's No. 1 (a gin-based liqueur), and Crop Cucumber vodka. The result is a citrusy, herbal flavor that isn't cloying in the least. Cheers!
Traditional fish and chips is updated to highlight the delicate flavor of the fillet, which is often overwhelmed by heavy fried batters. Baking the potato slices with just a hint of olive oil produces flavorful, perfectly crisp yet low-fat chips.
Barley is an ancient grain rich in protein and soluble fiber, which is great for reducing cholesterol. These homey, rustic scones are made with buttermilk barley dough and spill over with sunny citrus marmalade. Vary the filling to suit your taste; for a kid-friendly option, try strawberry or raspberry jam.This recipe was developed by pastry chef Kim Boyce, author of "Good to the Grain: Baking with Whole-Grain Flour."
There are cards to write, presents to wrap, and friends stopping by. When you're swept up in the holiday whirl, getting a weeknight meal on the table can be a challenge. The solution: Cook the components of this hearty shepherd's pie up to five days in advance, and then assemble and bake -- in batches big and small -- whenever the joyous chaos allows.