The art of napkin-folding is something fun and useful for every day. Folded napkins can both serve a practical purpose -- tucking in utensils, completing the theme in the place setting -- and offer decorative flair. To inspire you, we present a dozen ways to spiff up a plain napkin.
Blanched English peas are scattered around a simple roasted side of wild salmon. Beurre blanc, served on the side, is essentially a warm vinaigrette made with butter instead of oil. Finish with a sprinkling of chives and -- if you have them -- a few flowering pea shoots.
When you grill, you hardly need a recipe. Knowing the right technique is what's important. The key to success, whether with a gas or a charcoal grill, often involves creating two zones: one for high, direct heat and another for low, indirect heat. The direct-heat area is where you begin, searing the meat with the lid open. Thicker cuts are then moved to the indirect-heat zone to finish cooking, with the lid closed; the meat won't burn, and it will stay moist.
When it comes to pulling together a party, inspiration can be found anywhere -- even an office-supply store. Start with neon basics, such as sticky notes and artist tape, and then shop for a few special, handcrafted products online.