For some reason, I’ve been frying lately. French fries. Battered fish. (It was just St. Patrick’s Day. Fish and chips seemed right.) But I also fried halved Brussels sprouts and tossed them in a sherry-balsamic reduction sauce flavored with sliced garlic and enriched with coconut butter. Yes, coconut butter. It was completely delicious. Last week, Fat Tuesday was also a great excuse to eat donuts. What’s with all the fat? It’s like March is National Fat Month. I’m not complaining. I fried again this morning. For breakfast, I made Zeppole di San Giuseppe, traditional Italian, crisp-on-the-outside, tender-on-the-inside fritters. The recipe is from my friend Nick Malgieri, a pastry guru who included these fritters in a story he wrote for Saveur’s March issue. Pick up an issue and try them. I’m not Catholic, but if the food is this good in heaven, I might convert.