Sachertorte has been famous almost since its conception in the mid-19th century. It made its inventor so famous that he was able to build a hotel, one that is still one of the premier hosteleries in Vienna, a city renown for its elegance. But I will warn you...it isn't for everybody, and it takes a discerning palate to enjoy its subtleties.
Do you have your Fourth of July menu together yet? If you are like me, the answer is no. One thing is for sure, I'll need a cool carb- based salad, something that I know will match up well with meat that will be the star of the menu. My couscous salad has filled that slot on many of my summertime menus. The Meryl Streep of my summer salad lineup, it is extremely versatile. It goes just as well with grilled steak as it does barbecued chicken, marinated lamb, or seafood kebabs. It looks great. It taste great. You can make it ahead of time. In short: Put it on the menu.