Welcome spring by punching up your salads with greens that are not only delicious, but also ridiculously good for you. There is no need to feel like you are laboriously rotating through three or four salad greens in the name of health. And while the always-popular spinach and arugula are certainly delicious, there are so many other wonderful options to choose from.
If you've struggled to keep a garden alive in the past, or forget what you've done year to year to make your garden successful, we have a little trick that might help you finally get things under control: the Gardener's One Line a Day from Chronicle Books.
While I'm not one to turn my back on the nostalgia of a simple grilled cheese sandwich (Okay, maybe with a little mayonnaise...), I have to admit a straightforward classic won't cut it for me as a meal. This Muenster grilled cheese, generously filled out with avocado and baby arugula, is satisfying enough to both my eyes and my belly to qualify as lunch or a light dinner. The elements that make it so substantial — smooth Muenster, creamy avocado, and a tangy combination of mayonnaise and Dijon mustard — also give it a melt-in-your mouth flavor and texture.
Despite the cold snap we felt over the weekend in the Northeast, spring is finally here. To celebrate, we're adding our favorite spring veggies to everything — including our condiments — which is one reason we love these new spring flavors from Maille, the French mustard company.
If you're like us, then the first season of the Starz hit series Outlander – set in the Jacobite Scottish highlands – had you stocking your bar carts with scotch whisk(e)y and obsessing over all things tartan.
This season (which premiers on April 9th), the series takes us inside the palaces & inns of 18th-century Paris, brimming with lavish parties, formal feasts and elegant silk couture. As Claire and Jamie Fraser leave Scotland to go undercover in Paris, Season 2 promises grand champagne toasts and cloak-and-dagger political maneuverings. Luckily, just like Claire, we all can be transported to a land far from home and fake it in 18th-Century France with these delicious French cocktails.
When you set out to go more DIY in the kitchen, you inevitably run into the problem of ingredients that you might not be able to find at your normal grocery store. Whether you're making cocktail bitters or your own soothing lotion or lip balm, you're probably going to end up with a part of your shopping list left unfulfilled. That's why we've bookmarked Mountain Rose Herbs for all those tricky-to-find ingredients.
Service: Terra's Kitchen Price: You've got quite a few options. First you can choose between vegetarian or "I like it all." From there you can choose three dinners for two people ($74.99), four dinners for two people ($99.99), or two dinners for four people ($99.99). I opted for two dinners for four people. Overall impression: This is the meal plan to spring for if you want to feel like someone did all the thinking and prep required to make a dinner you feel really good about eating — especially if you want the thinking and prep to be smart, environmentally conscious, and sensitive to modern dietary expectations. I was genuinely impressed with this service and it inspired me to cook even on the days I didn't prepare one of the meals.
I'm not much for April Fools' Day. Jokes and pranks are fun, but they've never been my strong suit. Instead, I'll be celebrating this trickster holiday with this seemingly impossible wine stand. In addition to giving the appearance of defying gravity, it has a hidden extra feature.
One of the few remaining perks of air travel is the beverage service — specifically those mini airline bottles of booze. Yes, they are a bit on the pricey side, but there's something that just makes a cocktail better when it's enjoyed at cruising altitude.
But don't get stuck drinking vodka soda or a Jack and Coke. Thanks to this carry-on cocktail kit, you can elevate your in-air libations.