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By Katie Workman The Associated Press

Shortcut Moussaka

A friend recently became a first-time grandmother, and when we went out to lunch she was exhausted. She had been cooking meals for the new parents, and collapsed into her chair saying she hadn’t finished making a moussaka before she had to leave.

“You,” she said, “could do the world a big service by coming up with a quick and easy moussaka.”

Hanukkah Brisket

Whether or not you celebrate the Jewish holidays, a good brisket recipe is a nice thing to have in your winter repertoire. Brisket is a tough and fairly inexpensive cut of meat that gets amazingly tender after some quality time in the oven, and it requires little attention or care while it cooks. That’s a nice characteristic in a piece of beef.