A Holiday Breakfast
Chive French Toast
Smoked Salmon or Caviar

A Casual Supper
Big Bean Soup Served with Little Nibbles
Frisee with Walnuts and Balsamic-Sherry Vinaigrette

A Big-Deal Party
Parmesan Crisps
Boneless Leg of Lamb Stuffed with Crushed Olives
Celery Root and Apple Puree
Prunes in Armagnac


Adapted from A New Way to Cook by Sally Schneider (Artisan, 2001). Copyright 2001, Sally Schneider.

Sally Schneider
A former chef, Sally Schneider has won numerous awards—including four James Beard awards—for her books and magazine writing. She is creator of the lifestyle blog Improvised Life, a featured blogger on The Atlantic Monthly's Food Blog, and author of The Improvisational Cook and A New Way to Cook. She has served as a contributing editor to both Saveur and Food & Wine, and her work has appeared in The Los Angeles Times Magazine, Saveur, Food & Wine, SELF and Connoisseur.