Living food editor Jennifer Aaronson's take on Rhode Island clam chowder is brightened by torn fresh basil leaves, added just before serving. Unlike cream- or tomato-based chowders, the Rhode Island version has a clear broth to showcase the briny best in the clams.
This pudding-like German dessert is generally made with fresh red currants as the base. Adding other red fruits, such as raspberries, strawberries, and cherries, is common, but if doing so, use them in place of the second pound of currants in step 2. This dessert is also nice topped with creme anglaise instead of whipped cream.
This citrusy cocktail, perfect for sipping on a spring evening, pairs well with Parmesan-and-Pepper Sticks, an easy, crisp snack that can swing savory or sweet. Look for Lillet Rose, a new aperitif wine from France, at your local wine shop. You can also use Lillet Blanc.
Lamb shanks are at their best when gently cooked. A slow cooker creates meltingly tender meat in a flavorful sauce -- perfect for Sunday dinner. Asking your butcher to slice your shanks ensures an easy fit in a slow cooker. Or, look for smaller foreshanks, which come from the front of the lamb.