Make your own breakfast sausage patties

This March 16, 2018 photo shows homemade turkey breakfast sausage in Bethesda, Md. Making your own breakfast sausage patties is surprisingly quick, and just plain smart: you can adjust flavors according to your preferences, and control the quality of the ingredients. (Melissa d'Arabian via AP)

Lazy weekend morning meals around the table, the entire family unhurried have yielded some of my favorite moments of connection and family identity. Even quick weekday breakfasts hold the promise of a new day, and fill my soul a tiny bit. Adding the unmistakable aroma of an herby breakfast sausage is the icing on the cake of breakfasts and brunches.

Serve baked chicken thighs with lemon pickles

This March 18, 2018 photo shows baked chicken thighs with preserved lemons and artichoke hearts. This dish is from a recipe by Sara Moulton. (Sara Moulton via AP)

Preserved lemons, aka lemon pickles, are a delicious and unique treat that have long delivered a ton of salty and acidic crunch to the cuisines of North Africa, the Middle East and South Asia — and to America in recent years.

Quick and tasty crusted salmon

This March 16, 2018 photo shows mustard and dill crusted salmon in Bethesda, Md. (Melissa d'Arabian via AP)

It seems like mere moments after I get the last dish dried and put away, it’s time to make dinner again. Is it me or are the days actually getting shorter, whizzing by in a blur and then coming to a screeching halt at 6 p.m. when every person in my household starts wandering into the kitchen, casually asking what’s for dinner, usually while opening up a cupboard to peruse available snacks?

Oven Baked Jerk Spareribs are tender and succulent

This Saturday March 17, 2018 photo shows oven-baked jerk spareribs in New York. This dish is from a recipe by Sara Moulton. (Sara Moulton via AP)

Why wait for summer to enjoy pork ribs cooked slow and low on the grill? If you cook them in the oven, you can enjoy them right now. They won’t boast the trademark smokiness produced by grilling, but otherwise they’ll be as tender, succulent and finger-licking good as ever.

Replacing over-grown shrubs

Question: We moved into an established older home four years ago. One of the first things we did was prune back several over-grown shrubs. We now find ourselves pruning those same shrubs every year or so. We now have the means to replace those shrubs with new ones. Are there shrubs available which require very little if any pruning?

Classic Deviled Eggs

This December 2017 photo shows deviled eggs in New York. This dish is from a recipe by Katie Workman. (Carrie Crowder/Katie Workman via AP)

Deviled eggs know no single season or demographic. They are blissfully democratic appetizers.

Cabbage soup can be glorious

This March 12, 2018 photo shows a cabbage soup made with ginger and garlic broth in Bethesda, Md. This dish is from a recipe by Melissa d'Arabian. (Melissa d'Arabian via AP)

The mere mention of cabbage soup in my household makes my husband a little stressed, and with good reason.

Not a fan of broccoli? You will be adding cheese and garlic

This March 2, 2018 photo shows broccoli with a dusting of parmesan cheese and roasted garlic in Amagansett, N.Y. This recipe for this dish by Elizabeth Karmel is named "My Sister's Broccoli," adapted from a pasta recipe. (Elizabeth Karmel via AP)

My sister, Mary Pat, is a great cook and an even better baker. Sweets are her thing but as the mother of three active boys, dinner always comes first—chronologically speaking!



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