It’s a longstanding Polish tradition to keep cool with cucumbers when the weather warms up.

Barbara Rembiesa-Carter’s version of the ever-popular Mizeria features an acidic tang that makes it doubly refreshing, even if your day has been darkened by hardship and trial (folk wisdom holds that the salad is called “misery” because it’s associated with poverty.)

— Hanna Raskin

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Food editor and chief critic

Eating all of the chicken livers just as fast as I can.