Reuben Pizza is quick & inexpensive for a party

This April 2017 photo shows a Reuben pizza in New York. This dish is from a recipe by Sara Moulton. (Sara Moulton via AP)

With the end of the school year looming, the proud parents of any number of soon-to-be-minted graduates are wondering how to pull off a celebratory party without spending a ton of time or money. Reuben Pizza is the answer. It’s quick, easy to make, inexpensive and completely scrumptious.

Salmon Panzanella

This December 2017 photo shows salmon panzanella in New York. This dish is from a recipe by Katie Workman. (Lucy Beni via AP)

In the most perfect of all worlds, things look as good as they taste. That’s true with this dish. Pink salmon, bright tomatoes (grab multicolored ones if that’s an option), flecks of purpley onion, pale chunks of toasty bread and a drizzle of bright green basil oil — a virtual rainbow.

Lawn mowing height

Question: My neighbor says I cut my lawn too short. Although my lawn looks as good as his now, he pointed out that mine deteriorated last summer when his did not. Does it really make a difference how high the lawn is mowed? I have noticed that golf course fairways are mowed just as short as I mow.

One of the prettiest tulips is also easy to grow

This undated photo shows an Angelique tulip in New Paltz, N.Y. Angelique is a variety of tulip that not only bears beautiful blossoms but also will repeat the show year after year with a minimum of care. (Lee Reich via AP)

Angelique is soon to arrive in my garden, but only briefly. And as in years past, I’ll miss her when she leaves and will look forward to her return next spring.

Window treatments with flair

This undated photo provided by Betsy Burnham shows a bedroom designed by Burnham. To create a stylish but tailored look in this bedroom, interior designer Burnham used a shade in the same crisp white shade as the walls. (Sarah Dorio/Betsy Burnham via AP)

Even the simplest window treatments have an important role to play in the look of a room.

Asparagus with mustard, soy sauce and honey glaze

This April 30, 2018 photo shows quick-sauteed asparagus with a soy sauce glaze in Bethesda, Md. This dish is from a recipe by Melissa d'Arabian. (Melissa d'Arabian via AP)

Asparagus is by far the favorite vegetable of the d’Arabian family. All four of my school-aged daughters truly love it. I can serve nearly three pounds of asparagus at the table a couple of times of week to my family of six, and the girls will still argue over who gets the last stalk.

Primavera 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?

Wasabi Cracker-Crusted Salmon is a quick weeknight meal

April 23, 2018 photo shows wasabi cracker salmon in New York. This dish is from a recipe by Sara Moulton. (Sara Moulton via AP)

Wild salmon season starts very soon, so be on the lookout for it at your local market. But, you say, I can find salmon at my supermarket all year-round. Yes, you can, because farmed salmon, which is what you find fresh at the store all the time, doesn’t really have a season; wild salmon does.



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