There’s nothing like a little black dress for accessorizing. Dress it up, dress it down. Put it on when in doubt about appropriate attire. Wear it to the office, change the jewelry, shoes, and bag, lose the belt, and go out to dinner or a cocktail party. Hell, throw it on and wear it to the supermarket when all the clothes are in the laundry. You know the one I mean. Something Audrey Hepburn would wear. Plain black sheath, year-round impeccable fabric, versatile neckline, mid-knee length. Beyond reproach.
Traditional Chicken Salad
½ medium onion, cut in half, and 1 small clove garlic, both unpeeled
½ tea salt
1 small bay leaf and a few sprigs parsley (optional)
water to cover
½ cup celery, finely chopped (about 1 average stalk)
salt and pepper to taste