Tea cakes and quick breads can be toasted for breakfast, sliced thin for sandwiches at lunchtime, or served alongside a hearty soup or stew for dinner. Recipes for zucchini bread, lemon bread and orange nut bread are healthful and easy.
A homemade pate served with crusty bread, cornichons and mustard is a wonderful prelude to a big holiday meal or a delicious wintertime supper on its own. While assembling a pate doesn't take long, cooking it is a slow and gentle process.
Add to your shopping list: mirin, dark chocolate, fish sauce, quinoa, salted capers, garbanzo beans, high-quality honey, whole-grain mustard, fancy tuna in olive oil and chipotle peppers in adobo. Included are substitutes and explanations of why you should add these items to your pantry.