The secret to sauteeing vegetables is a boil

This Nov. 27, 2017, photo shows weekday sauteed broccoli in Bethesda, Md. This recipe for weekday side dish calls for broccoli but you could easily substitute cauliflower or carrots or asparagus, depending on what’s in season or what’s on sale or what’s hanging out in your crisper drawer. (AP Photo/Melissa d'Arabian)

Every weeknight, 6 p.m. rolls around, and across America, we scramble to find something to feed our families. Our end-of-day creativity is sapped, and we turn to our core repertoire of recipes that we make over and over.

Ants in a Tree is a crowd-pleaser

This Nov. 17, 2017 photo shows “Ants in a Tree” in New York, which is the English translation of the Chinese name of a classic recipe. Built of spicy pork, bean thread noodles (aka cellophane noodles) and scallions, it earned its name because it’s not so far-fetched for the finished dish to call that image to mind, the noodles look like tree branches, the scallions like tree leaves and the little bits of ground pork like ants. (Sara Moulton via AP)

“Ants in a Tree” is the English translation of the Chinese name for this classic recipe. Built of spicy pork, bean thread noodles (aka cellophane noodles) and scallions, it earned its name because it’s not so far-fetched for the finished dish to call that image to mind — the noodles look like tree branches, the scallions like tree leaves and the little bits of ground pork like ants. Admittedly, it’s not a very appetizing image, but the dish itself happens to be a crowd-pleaser. Indeed, it’s a refreshing break from the usual holiday fare.

Why garden?

Question: With so many other entertainment and recreation opportunities available, why do so many people choose to spend time gardening?

Lemon Curd

This October 2017 photo provided by Laura Agra shows lemon curd on display in New York. Lemon curd is essentially a preserve or condiment made with lemon juice, eggs, sugar and butter. The first three ingredients get blended and softly warmed so that the eggs thicken the mixture. Whisking in cold butter finishes it off and smoothes it out. (Courtesy of Laura Agra via AP)

So, what is lemon curd, and what do you do with it?

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