Lemon Custard Cakes

When you want a break from chocolate (okay, maybe that doesn't happen too often), These exquisite little cakes make an intensely satisfying dessert.  The recipe needs no special ingredients.  Simply mix the batter, pour into custard cups (or ramekins), and bake.  About 20 minutes later, you'll have a half-dozen light, springy, tart-and-sweet cakes--puffy on top …

Classic Shortbread

This simple yet intensely rich shortbread is fantastic on its own, but it practically begs to be served with nearly any sweet sidekick (ice cream, lemon curd, caramel sauce) or dipped in melted chocolate.  Even better, you can try a different topping every day, since the shortbread keeps for up to two weeks.  All you'll …

Chocolate Chip Cookies

You've no doubt made chocolate chip cookies before and tried several recipes.   But have you found the one you're ready to commit to for life?  The search is over;  This one is a keeper.  Simple and straightforward, it's also brilliantly engineered to produce crispy-edged, soft-in-the-middle, all around-perfect cookies.  Make these a few times, memorize the …

Dijon Potato Salad

  Serves 2 Set a steamer basket in a saucepan with 2 inches simmering water.  Add 3/4 pound red new potatoes, scrubbed and halved(quartered if large).  Cover and steam just until tender.  15 to 20 minutes.  In a serving bowl, combine 1 1/2 teaspoons white-wine vinegar and 1 1/2 teaspoons Dijon mustard; season with coarse …

Lemony Braised Broccoli

Serves 2 In a large skillet, heat 1/2 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil over medium-high.  Add 1/2 medium yellow onion. Cut into 1-inch wedges, sute until golden, about 6 minutes.  Add 1 smashed garlic clove, 1/2 teaspoon ground coriander, and 1/8 teaspoon red-pepper flakes; cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds.  Add 1 small bunch broccoli, cut …