Break the rules on salade nicoise: Grab a tomato

This April 18, 2016, photo shows white and green bean vegetarian salade nicoise in Concord, N.H. This tuna-free version of the classic French salad gets a salty-fishy-brininess from capers and nori seaweed, and protein from creamy white navy beans. (AP Photo/J.M. Hirsch)

Salade nicoise was the first recipe I made when I lived in France, a country that later would become my second home as an adult.

Philly cheesesteak is test for candidates

File-This April 7, 2016, file photo shows Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton holding her Metrocard as she goes through the turnstile to enter the subway in the Bronx borough of New York. Competitive races have extended the primary calendars, requiring the candidates to have more local know-how. In New York City recently Ohio Gov. John Kasich took flack for eating pizza with a knife and fork. Clinton was mocked for struggling to use a Metrocard to ride the New York subway. And Bernie Sanders thought the subway still took tokens, which were phased out in 2003. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Five-point plans, engaging speeches and star endorsements are all important in a presidential campaign, but how well do candidates REALLY know the cities and towns where they’re wooing voters?

Gardeners can help protect butterfly populations

This Aug. 4, 2006 photo taken near New Market, Va., shows a Pearl Crescent Butterfly, member of a group that includes some of North America's most endangered butterflies. Crescents are medium sized, strong flying pollinators. (Dean Fosdick via AP)

Bees aren’t the only pollinators suffering from a massive North American die-off. Butterflies and moths, those flying flowers of the insect world, are disappearing too.

Appliance trends: Show focuses on colors, cooking times

This January 2016 photo shows some new items AGA offers as options for two, three, five or seven-oven configurations in its ranges, along with a choice of 15 enamel finishes, at the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show in Las Vegas. (Sam Shelanski/Karen Schwartz via AP)

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Whether you’re Paleo, vegan or something in between, today’s luxury kitchen appliances are designed to let you individualize everything from color to cooking method.

Fresh flavor of white asparagus worth searching for

This March 21, 2016 photo shows a variety of white, green and purple asparagus in Concord, N.H. White asparagus is a little milder and more delicate in flavor than the green and purple varieties. (AP Photo/J.M. Hirsch)

Here in America we think of white asparagus as the pink elephant of the vegetable world — not even a rumor so much as a hallucination.

Garden art can create interesting outdoor spaces

In this photo provided by AllModern, the Trigg wall vessel, designed by Moe Takemura for Umbra, is functional art that would could serve as an herb planter or receptacle for keys, etc., on a balcony or terrace. Clean, geometric lines give the piece a pleasing, artful modernity. (AllModern via AP)

If you came across any of Barbara Sanderson’s work in a garden, you might think you’d stepped into Alice’s Wonderland. The Seattle-based glass blower crafts flowers, arbors, lights and fountains for natural settings, aiming to create a magical, otherworldly tableau.

Iconic chicken recipe that you need in your life

This Feb. 8, 2016 photo shows chicken marbella in Concord, N.H. This classic recipe from Sheila Lukins and Julee Rossos The Silver Palate Cookbook is foolproof, produces chicken that is unfailingly moist, and can be made ahead. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)

When this recipe was first created by The Silver Palate catering and take out shop on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, it earned an immediate following. When the recipe was later published in “The Silver Palate Cookbook” by Sheila Lukins and Julee Rosso, it was a revelation, mostly thanks to its eccentric ingredient list: Vinegar? Olives? Prunes? Capers? Garlic? Brown sugar? White wine? All in one dish?

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