This is a variation of Amanda Hesser’s croque-monsieur, a ham and Gruyere sandwich topped with béchamel. Here, we invite you to pop a fried egg on top. Voila! A croque-madame (reportedly named such because the egg resembles a lady’s wide-brimmed hat). Ingredients 5 tablespoons butter 1 tablespoon flour ⅔ cup milk Sea salt Freshly grated…

Beet and Chia Pancakes

Ever since I read Kim Boyce’s recipe for quinoa and beet pancakes, a recipe that inspired her wonderful book “Good to the Grain,” I’ve wanted to add puréed beets to a pancake batter. I finally got around to it. I used two-thirds whole wheat flour and one-third all-purpose flour in this very pink batter. Ms….


Pan de Jamón (Venezuelan Ham Bread)

This recipe for the traditional Venezuelan Christmas bread comes from Martha Beltrán in Austin, Tex., who brought the recipe with her when she moved to the United States and now considers it essential to her family’s Thanksgiving feast. Ms. Beltrán always starts the bread the day before she serves it, laminating it with butter three…