Celery Salad with Pears and Hazelnuts

My friend Lesley and I drove up to Narrowsburg, NY, a few weekends ago and had dinner at the culinary draw there, a restaurant called The Heron. We ate rich, decadent, dare I say “Brooklyney” fare that hit the spot on that first bracingly cold night of the season. The celery salad was the highlight for …

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Saraghina-Style Watermelon Salad

Here’s a salad for these final dog days of summer, one that’s juicy and refreshing and not too much work. It’s not very different from other watermelon salads out there except for the addition of cornichons, those little French pickled gherkins. They add a crunchy, vinegary zing that I never knew was missing from watermelon …

Beet, Apple, and Pickle Salad

Hello from Seattle! I’ve written most of this from the lovely Amtrak Cascade, en route from Portland to here. It's a luxurious ride—trains are always better than airplanes, in my opinion—and the scenery is so lush. There’s every shade of green, yellow, and orange, and the train tracks are wedged between some substantial, tree-covered hills. …