Window treatments with flair

This undated photo provided by Betsy Burnham shows a bedroom designed by Burnham. To create a stylish but tailored look in this bedroom, interior designer Burnham used a shade in the same crisp white shade as the walls. (Sarah Dorio/Betsy Burnham via AP)

Even the simplest window treatments have an important role to play in the look of a room.

Asparagus with mustard, soy sauce and honey glaze

This April 30, 2018 photo shows quick-sauteed asparagus with a soy sauce glaze in Bethesda, Md. This dish is from a recipe by Melissa d'Arabian. (Melissa d'Arabian via AP)

Asparagus is by far the favorite vegetable of the d’Arabian family. All four of my school-aged daughters truly love it. I can serve nearly three pounds of asparagus at the table a couple of times of week to my family of six, and the girls will still argue over who gets the last stalk.

Primavera made with vegetables, cream and cheese

This April 1, 2018 photo shows spatzle primavera in New York. This dish is from a recipe by Sara Moulton. (Sara Moulton via AP)

Springtime is the right time for Pasta Primavera, which is, after all, the Italian word for spring. There’s some controversy about who invented this wonderful dish, but everyone agrees that it was made famous in the late ’70s at New York’s Le Cirque restaurant. In any case, the recipe consists of spring vegetables, cream and cheese. How far wrong can you go?

Wasabi Cracker-Crusted Salmon is a quick weeknight meal

April 23, 2018 photo shows wasabi cracker salmon in New York. This dish is from a recipe by Sara Moulton. (Sara Moulton via AP)

Wild salmon season starts very soon, so be on the lookout for it at your local market. But, you say, I can find salmon at my supermarket all year-round. Yes, you can, because farmed salmon, which is what you find fresh at the store all the time, doesn’t really have a season; wild salmon does.

Provencal Fish Stew

This 2018 photo shows a Provencal fish stew in New York. This dish is from a recipe by Katie Workman. (Carrie Crow via AP)

A bowl of this stew is like a tiny little trip to the Mediterranean. It’s unbelievably easy, but I would serve it to guests in a heartbeat (and it would be a pretty special Mother’s Day lunch or dinner). It’s hearty, but still so light and clean and simple.

Success with flowering container plants

Question: Can you help me figure out what I am doing wrong with my tubs and hanging baskets? They are never as big and beautiful as my friends. The ones I plant myself don’t fill in completely. Even the ones I buy already fully grown deteriorate after a month or two. I have good success with the flowers I plant in the ground. What am I doing wrong?

Modern folklore patterns adorn decor

This photo provided by Annie Selke shows her Merry Go Round hooked rug, Inspired by a piece of 1950s art she found in France. The rug is modern and playful. (Annie Selke via AP)

Many young international designers are drawing on heritage, folklore and their imaginations to create contemporary textile, ceramic and wall-covering patterns.

Primavera is made with vegetables, cream and cheese

This April 1, 2018 photo shows spatzle primavera in New York. This dish is from a recipe by Sara Moulton. (Sara Moulton via AP)

Springtime is the right time for Pasta Primavera, which is, after all, the Italian word for spring. There’s some controversy about who invented this wonderful dish, but everyone agrees that it was made famous in the late ’70s at New York’s Le Cirque restaurant. In any case, the recipe consists of spring vegetables, cream and cheese. How far wrong can you go?

Greek Roasted Chicken Breasts

This 2018 photo shows Greek roasted chicken breasts in New York. This dish is from a recipe by Katie Workman. (Mia via AP)

Oregano, lemon, garlic, glugs of olive oil … these are just a few of the ingredients that make Greek food so appealing. They match up well with all sorts of other hero ingredients, from potatoes to chicken to seafood.

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