Za'atar, a mixture of herbs traditionally used in Middle Eastern cooking, takes this braised chicken recipe from basic to brilliant. Add French green lentils, chopped carrots, and green olives to make it a one-pot meal.
Potatoes beware, asparagus are dressing up as French fries. Thanks to a beer batter and hot oil, the green stalks are golden and crispy. Lemon aioli makes great dipping sauce and there are three seasoning options depending on what mood you are in.
Thanks to the magic of cast iron, classic chocolate chip cookie dough bakes up extra chewy and crisp around the edges. With a few teaspoons of malted milk powder for an extra layer of flavor, it's a rich and chocolaty dessert just begging for a scoop of ice cream—or at least a glass of milk.