Modern folklore patterns adorn decor

This photo provided by Annie Selke shows her Merry Go Round hooked rug, Inspired by a piece of 1950s art she found in France. The rug is modern and playful. (Annie Selke via AP)

Many young international designers are drawing on heritage, folklore and their imaginations to create contemporary textile, ceramic and wall-covering patterns.

Primavera is made with vegetables, cream and cheese

This April 1, 2018 photo shows spatzle primavera in New York. This dish is from a recipe by Sara Moulton. (Sara Moulton via AP)

Springtime is the right time for Pasta Primavera, which is, after all, the Italian word for spring. There’s some controversy about who invented this wonderful dish, but everyone agrees that it was made famous in the late ’70s at New York’s Le Cirque restaurant. In any case, the recipe consists of spring vegetables, cream and cheese. How far wrong can you go?

Greek Roasted Chicken Breasts

This 2018 photo shows Greek roasted chicken breasts in New York. This dish is from a recipe by Katie Workman. (Mia via AP)

Oregano, lemon, garlic, glugs of olive oil … these are just a few of the ingredients that make Greek food so appealing. They match up well with all sorts of other hero ingredients, from potatoes to chicken to seafood.

It’s a busy time for bees and keepers

This April 16, 2018 photo shows a newly purchased queen bee, shown marked with white paint on her back in a queen cage, near Langley, Wash. Worker bees eventually will eat a piece of candy placed as a cork on the back of the cage so the queen can be released for egg laying. Queens can live more than five years but their vitality declines with age. (Dean Fosdick via AP)

Serve Green Pozole with Chicken for Cinco de Mayo

This March 31, 2018 photo shows green pozole in New York. This dish is from a recipe by Sara Moulton. (Sara Moulton via AP)

Cinco de Mayo commemorates the Mexican army’s defeat of the French army in a battle on that date — May 5 — in 1862. The holiday also happens to coincide with the start of the season for fresh tomatillos. Green Pozole with Chicken, a traditional, stew-y Mexican soup — based on a tomatillo salsa — is the perfect dish for the occasion.

Bacon, Sage and Provolone Chicken Rolls

This October 2014 photo shows bacon, sage and provolone chicken rolls with marsala sauce on display in New York. Rolled chicken breasts may look fancy but they’re easy to make with a bit of patience. (Todd Coleman via AP)

A rolled chicken breast may look la-di-da fancy, but it’s really super-easy to pull off with a tiny bit of patience. And this particular version rewards you with bacon and melted cheese.

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