Orange and cucumber salad with shrimp

This April 8, 2017 photo shows an orange and cucumber salad with shrimp in Coronado, Calif. This dish is from a recipe by Melissa d'Arabian. (Melissa d'Arabian via AP)

My mom was a wannabe urban farmer long before it was cool. Living in the city limits didn’t stop us from growing our own veggies in a backyard garden that flanked a huge handmade chicken coop, where we raised hens for eggs. (I’ll take this opportunity to apologize to our neighbors, especially for the year we accidentally acquired a rooster, and the year after when we ended up with 38 clucking egg-layers as a result of said rooster.)

Baked muffin frittatas are a quick and easy treat

This Jan. 20, 2017, photo shows mushroom and asparagus quiche muffins at the Institute of Culinary Education in New York. These frittatas are quick and easy to prepare and can be filled with any of your favorite cheese, vegetable and/or meat combos. This dish is from a recipe by Elizabeth Karmel. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

I recently became obsessed with these little crustless quiches.

Burrata and Prosciutto Pizza

This February 2017 photo shows a burrata and prosciutto pizza in New York. This dish is from a recipe by Katie Workman. (Sarah Crowder via AP)

If you haven’t had the chance to try burrata, I would be honored if this recipe became the first occasion. Burrata is a semisoft, white Italian cheese made from mozzarella and cream. It is like the silkiest, creamiest fresh mozzarella, with a rich molten cream filling as a bonus.

Finding a look you love in outdoor decor

This undated photo provided by Betsy Burnham shows a patio area in Los Angeles designed by Burnham of Burnham Design. Rather than selecting a set of matching outdoor furnishings, designers are encouraging clients to mix and match a variety of styles and brands as they decorate their outdoor space. (Sarah Dorio/Betsy Burnham via AP)

For decades, “outdoor decorating” meant arranging a few nice chairs and a table near a barbecue grill, then adding an umbrella to block the summer sun. But as patios and decks have morphed into “outdoor living rooms,” the bar has risen for outdoor style and comfort.

Mustard and sherry chicken tenders

This March 26, 2017 photo shows Dijon and sherry chicken tenders in Coronado, Calif. This dish is from a recipe by Melissa d'Arabian. (Melissa d'Arabian via AP)

I mentioned to my husband recently that I had mastered an oven-baked chicken tender recipe, and his response was a little underwhelming; dismissive even. It sounded like a healthier version of a restaurant kid’s meal, and frankly, he wasn’t interested.

Essentials of Buenos Aires

FILE - In this Dec. 6, 2008, file photo, couples dance tango during a public milonga and tango dance show in Avenida de Mayo, a central avenue in the city of Buenos Aires. Watching and even learning the tango is a must for visitors to Buenos Aires. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko, File)

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — During Buenos Aires’ heyday, fabulous wealth flowed into the city from Argentina’s agricultural heartland, turning the country into one of the world’s richest by the early 20th century. The evidence of that era is still apparent in the grand architectural showpieces scattered around this sprawling city of 3 million.

Chicken Thighs with Onions, Olives

This February 2017 photo shows braised chicken with green olives and onions in New York. This dish is from a recipe by Katie Workman. (Sarah Crowder via AP)

Passover comes in the spring, but there is often still a chill in the evening air as families and friends gather in their homes for Seder dinners. A richly flavored and warming meal is still very welcome at this time of year.

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