Milk sweetened with a touch of honey and infused with cinnamon, warmed and frothed for a cup of soul-satisfying comfort on a cold day.
My go-to cookie recipe for nearly 20 years. Very simple, not overly sweet, delicious. Feel free to gussy them up with the decoration of your choice (see suggestions).
Homemade eggnog with fully cooked eggs, so everyone can enjoy it.
Dark and white chocolate layered with the subtle salty crunch of pretzel crisps and spiked with peppermint.
Why it works: a wine-and-butter soaked cheesecloth keeps the turkey breast moist and flavorful during cooking, and adds lots of flavor to pan juices to make delicious gravy. See notes at the end of the recipe for more details.
Hot apple cider infused with hibiscus flowers and mulling spices.
Hot chocolate sweetened with Mexican piloncillo sugar and spiked with Ceylon cinnamon to evoke Mexican champurado, the classic chocolate atole beverage.
Get chicken on the table in about 30 minutes for an easy weeknight dinner, or a simple-but-nice entree for a crowd.
Macerated apples baked into a rustic tart and served with a sweet brown butter sauce infused with thyme.
Collards simmered with butter, olive oil, garlic, ginger and spices, then finished with a bright squeeze of lemon juice. Addictively good, and guaranteed to make a collards-lover out of anyone.
Short ribs, mushrooms and kale in a rosemary-red wine gravy, baked into little individual pot pies.
The classic French dish, with succulent chicken bathed in a rich, golden broth. All those cloves of garlic turn creamy, mild and spreadable in the slow oven braise. Be sure to have lots of crusty French bread nearby to sop up every last drop.
Quick, simple and delicious. These are muffins, not dessert masquerading as a breakfast food.
Simple and delicious. This recipe was originally created to give students in our Slice, Dice & Chop knife skills class some practice slicing ingredients.
The all-American classic.
A simple, rustic tart made with either fresh or frozen cherries, with dried lavender petals. You can pull the cherries directly from the freezer for this.
Flaky, tender pie crust pastry.
Cut roasting time to about an hour! Step-by-step instructions to cut your turkey into pieces and roast it much more quickly and evenly in a butter-wine braising liquid to keep the meat juicy and delicious.
Homemade gravy from the pan drippings of your roasted turkey.
Step away from the can! A super-easy recipe that everyone will be talking about.
Salty brine with white wine, herbs and spices to add lots of flavor to your Thanksgiving turkey. Plan to brine your turkey overnight, for about 12-18 hours total.
Buttery and creamy, with just the right amount of braised garlic. The best traditional mashed potatoes you will ever eat.
French-style green beans topped with buttery toasted breadcrumbs.
Cinnamon apples in a rustic galette-style crust.
Caramelized Brussels sprouts in a maple glaze spiked with a hint of Aleppo peppers.
Baby winter squashes stuffed with herby quinoa, toasted almonds and ricotta salata cheese.
Simple, go-to recipe for oven-roasted, crispy, golden potatoes.
Pork chops seared and braised on the stovetop in white wine and herbs. Simple enough for a weeknight, but sophisticated enough for any occasion.
Swiss chard sauteed in olive oil with onions and garlic, and a pinch of crushed red pepper for good measure.
Sweet-spicy beets on toasted baguette rounds, with chopped bacon bits, punchy scallions and creamy mascarpone cheese. Perfect as a snack for a crowd (or your family!).
Tender sea scallops seared golden brown and served with a buttery white wine pan sauce. Delicious, elegant, and done in about 15 minutes.
Marinated in a ginger-soy-lime mixture, then broiled or grilled and sliced thin against the grain.
One of the quickest and simplest ways to make a truly nice dinner, any night of the week.
Chicken thighs and potatoes, poached in an white wine herb broth with a hint of lemon.
Champagne poured over hibiscus-allspice syrup and Calvados, and rimmed with Mexican brown sugar and cinnamon. Cheers!
Caramelized eggplant, sauteed with preserved lemon, leeks and herbs. Funky and spunky.
Traditional Mexican caramel sauce made from goat's milk. Surprisingly simple to make - drizzle it over fruit or Mucho Mango Tart, spread it on toast or between the layers of a cake, stir it into your coffee or just eat it with a spoon.
The classic dessert, with warm caramelized bananas and vanilla ice cream, topped with rum flambe sauce.
A classic Italian lasagna, made with red wine Bolognese sauce and Parmesan bechamel, with a touch of pecorino Romano and parsley.
Red salmon and herbs in puff pastry bites, with a drizzle of creme fraiche.
Enough for an 18-pound bird. May be cooked inside the bird or in a baking dish on the side.
The simplest way to prepare broccoli in the oven (with a huge flavor bang for your convenience buck).