Rum-raisin shortbread cookies These cookies are studded with dried currants, which are tiny raisins made from Zante grapes. The currants must be soaked overnight, so you'll need to plan your craving a day in advance.
Buttermilk Creams with Strawberries by Martha Stewart. Whipped cream gives these no-bake eggless custards a delicate texture. Don't worry if the mixture forms clumps at first -- it will come together with gentle folding.
Gnocchi with Mushrooms and Gorgonzola Sauce Use a light touch to ensure that these potato gnocchi turn out light and fluffy. The mushroom-gorgonzola cream sauce makes this meatless dish rich and satisfying.
Steamed Ricotta Dumplings: These dumplings make elegant hors d'oeuvres when served in individual Chinese soup spoons. Fill them with broccoli rabe or stuff them with ricotta, Parmesan, prosciutto, and parsley.