Asian noodles such as ramen or shirataki don't follow the rules applied to typical Italian pasta salads, such as abstaining from vinaigrette or raw vegetables. The noodles' buckwheat or rice base allows them to play nicely in a variety of applications, from tossed in an acidic soy sauce and lemon juice dressing to complementing the crisp bite of fresh cucumbers and blanched asparagus.
Fresh, fat spears of asparagus are available nationwide at farmers markets and should be utilized during their short growing season, writes David Tanis. Dress the spears in olive oil, lemon juice and Parmesan cheese, dip in tarragon mayonnaise or create a tasty salad by combining the vegetable with smoked chicken and ginger dressing.
Patience, a light touch and plenty of fresh baking powder are the keys to baking perfect biscuits, Dorie Greenspan writes. Cottage cheese, which offers the same sweetness and tang as buttermilk, makes for a delicate and flaky dough.
Though buttermilk is prized for making baked goods tender and tangy, its uses go well beyond muffins and pancakes. Buttermilk adds its distinctive flavor to salad dressings, marinades, fried chicken, mashed potatoes and many other foods.