When I want a quick and easy lunch, I sometimes make a stir-fry. This meal-in-a-skillet is an excellent way to use any meats and fresh vegetables you have on hand.

Contrary to what most people do on Easter Sunday, our family seldom has a big meal. Instead of the traditional ham and all the fixings, we sometimes rely on an old favorite: chicken.

It didn’t take long for Christopher Mendez, the new pastry chef at Garfrerick’s Cafe in Oxford, to capture the attention of the local fine-dining crowd. "Have you tried the baked Alaska?" was the question of the day.

Meatballs are a great mealtime treat. If you keep some meatballs in the freezer, making that meal is easy. I like to go ahead and bake the meatballs first. Then all that is needed is to remember to remove them from the freezer and place them in the refrigerator the night before you plan to u…