These classic bakery treats couldn't be easier to make at home. Simple swaps take them in new directions, so try Cream Scones with Currants, Cherry-Hazelnut Scones, Lemon-Ginger Scones, or Blueberry-Almond Scones.
Cooking chicken breasts slowly in simmering water ensures they'll be tender, not rubbery. Onion and salt in the water add flavor without fat. If you have them on hand, you can also toss in a bay leaf, lemon peel, or whole peppercorns.
Up the festivity quotient by serving these brownies in clear drinking glasses and topping them with whipped cream, neon sanding sugar (layercakeshop.com), and gum-paste numbers (signesugar.com) that spell out the year. To make sundaes, serve with ice cream.
Transform plain cooked chicken into a fresh and lively salad perfect for a picnic, brown-bag lunch, elegant luncheon, or light dinner. Find recipes for chicken salad sandwiches with the sweet crunch of grapes and celery, Asian chicken salads with sweet soy or cilantro dressing, curried chicken salads in light yogurt dressing, chicken Caesar and Cobb salads, and many more.
Prepare yourself for a few rousing verses of "For She's a Jolly Good Fellow," sung by the vegetarians in your group. Far from a limp and wilted also-ran or meatless mystery, this sandwich packs brightness (chickpeas gently mashed with lemon juice, lemon zest, and olive oil) as well as a mix of textures from the cheese, eggs, and fennel shavings.
Your local sandwich shop should consider itself warned: When you can make this reinterpretation of a classic Italian sub at home, you may not need to call in for one ever again. The arugula's kick blends with the heat of the soppressata. The fennel and fontina bring mellower flavors.
Who says meat and potatoes can't happen between two slices of bread? And so it is that thin slices of roast beef rest between peppery arugula and crisp, tangy salt-and-vinegar potato chips. In place of Gruyere, cheddar could be swapped in.
As far as classic sandwiches go, ham and cheese has to be right up there with peanut butter and jelly. Part of its appeal is its adaptability. Here, French ham mixes with nutty Gruyere and mild hard-cooked eggs. The sandwich gets its crunch from a handful of frisee and a layer of dill pickles.