Mustard-Shallot Vinaigrette

This is a French-inspired vinaigrette recipe is ideal for hearty, rustic salads. Once you've made this, you'll never go back to store-bought salad dressing.

Colcannon Soup with Oven-Roasted Kale

This soup is inspired by colcannon, a traditional Irish dish of mashed potatoes and cabbage or kale.

All-Purpose Asian Dipping Sauce

Whip up this easy dipping sauce recipe as a drizzle or dip for just about any Asian dish.

Fumiko’s Gyoza

Years back, my mother took a Chinese cooking course and learned this recipe. Our family, including my husband now, has loved it for years. Napa cabbage is terrific this time of year. A vegetarian version is simple to make by subbing the pork with black mushrooms and slivered carrots. And remember, practice makes perfect and imperfect still tastes wonderful, so have fun.

Thin and Chewy Oatmeal-Flax Cookies

These are just about my favorite cookie in the world. They’re feather light, seemingly suspended together with dark chocolate chips, with a satisfying crisp-chewiness.

Garlic Parsnip Fries

Parsnips have an earthy sweetness to them, making them an interesting alternative to same-old, same-old potato fries. These, with sliced garlic and Parmesan, are downright addictive.

Homemade Mayonnaise

This homemade mayonnaise recipe is rich and tangy in a way that mayo from a jar can't duplicate.

Spicy Valentine’s Day Love Potion

Drawing from folklore, nutrition, and the laws of good taste, this invigorating beverage contains calcium-rich milk, zinc-rich pine nuts, and antioxidant-rich spices. A bit of honey lends sweetness. Will it help your love life? Who knows, but it’s a delicious and potent energy-booster nonetheless.

Chocolate Angel Food Cake with Macerated Strawberries

Use room-temperature eggs, which will be easy to separate and beat to their full volume. (Hang onto the yolks to make Homemade Mayonnaise or Sweet Potato-Kale Bread Pudding.) Angel food cakes are made in an ungreased tube pan, which provides maximum surface area and traction for the cake to climb. The cake is cooled upside-down so it doesn’t lose volume as it cools. Some tube pans have little feet to hold the pan up off the counter while the cake cools. If yours doesn’t, simply invert the pan on the neck of a wine bottle or other bottle that fits into the hole of the tube pan.

Blood Orange Granita

A granita is a light, simple, refreshing iced treat that doesn’t require an ice cream maker. Stirring the mixture periodically as it freezes gives the granita its characteristic fluffy, granular texture. Blood oranges are in season right now; they have a wonderful ruby flesh and pleasant sweet-tart juice. You can substitute regular fresh orange juice or tangerine juice. This three-ingredient dessert has an added benefit: One serving provides more than 100 percent of your vitamin C needs for the day.