The beauty of icebox cookies is that the dough keeps for up to a month, if tightly wrapped in the freezer, so you can have cookies anytime at a moment's notice. If you're baking them for use today, prepare a double batch and freeze half the dough for later.
The stripes of jam make these treats look especially festive -- perfect for serving to guests or to give as a gift.
Cherries have a number of delicious summertime uses, from filling pies and tarts to adding unusual color and flavor to lemonade. In this distinctive dessert, cherries are poached in a hot bath of red wine, which is enhanced with fresh basil, vanilla, and lemon. After the cherries have been poached and then chilled, serve them in a bowl topped with a spoonful of fresh ricotta cheese.
Peeling the pearl onions is easier if you first soak them in a bowl of hot water for a few minutes; when trimming the roots, remove as little as possible so the onions remain intact during the cooking process.