Holiday cheer... in a cookie! Share these moist and festive cookies with family and friends.
These elegant and unusual tamales are celebration-worthy! The masa dough may be made up to three days in advance, and the sauce may be made earlier in the day and gently re-warmed. It can be fun to have guests help fill, fold and tie the tamales—or you can get them ready several hours ahead and steam them just before serving.
Hoppin’ John is a Southern New Year’s tradition that is supposed to bring luck and prosperity: the black eyed peas represent coins, and the greens with which it is often served stand in for paper money. Other stories about the dish abound: some say it is made with pork because pigs only look forward, never back, for their food, and others say it should be served with cornbread to represent gold.
Soft, sturdy cream biscuits are the basis for this incredibly flavorful side dish stuffing, aka dressing. The biscuits may be made several days ahead and allowed to sit out at room temperature, and the dressing may be made 1-2 days in advance with absolutely no loss of flavor or texture.
The broth in this twist on the classic San Franciscan Cioppino has smoky depth, which is a beautiful counterpoint to the spicy, savory flavor of the harissa mayonnaise.
Yellow squash (and a little zucchini for color) are the basis for the classic squash casserole. We’ve added the golden crunch of parmesan-panko bread crumb topping and added Swiss cheese to the cheddar for a little nutty flavor.
This pot pie is inducement enough to cook a turkey, and makes the days after Thanksgiving as delicious as the feast itself. Using sweet potato instead of regular has a surprisingly big—and delicious—impact on the flavor, thanks to their earthy-sweet flavor.
This sweet and sassy sauce keeps even two-day old leftover turkey moist and flavorful. You can make a bigger batch, depending on how much turkey you have left, and freeze it in the sauce.
The caramelized sugars in the cola make an irresistible sweet glaze for your holiday ham. Be sure to get a ham big enough for leftovers—it is nearly as good sliced up for sandwiches or fried with eggs as it is when presented in its full glory just out of the oven.
There is no other dinner roll quite like the beloved Parker House roll: it is soft and mildly sweet, with a tender, flaky texture and luxurious melt-in-your mouth consistency. Make them even more of a cause for celebration with the sage-honey butter.
Removing the backbone and opening the turkey up more than just a beautiful presentation: it also helps the turkey cook faster and more evenly.
The cauliflower crumb crust adds welcome crunchy texture and lovely buttery-parmesan flavor (with no bread!) to creamy mashed potatoes.
For a beautiful and elegant meal, serve two quail per person—and by all means encourage diners to pick up the legs and eat with their hands!
One of the keys to the deep, savory flavor of the of the braise is what’s known as “thin” or “superior” or “premium” soy sauce. It is also occasionally referred to as light soy sauce—but don’t confuse that with low sodium! Thin soy sauce is actually saltier and lighter in color than regular soy sauce. Buy the buns at your local Chinese market: look in the freezer section for folded, not round, buns.
This tender, moist coffee cake, featuring tart cranberries, brown sugar streusel and a sweet vanilla glaze makes for a wonderful holiday brunch treat.
Yeah, we went there: bread pudding made from the leftovers of your Thanksgiving feast. It is bound to become a family classic.
Equally at home as a simple weeknight dish and as part of a festive holiday meal, roasted sweet potato wedges are flavorful, easy to make and healthful.
This particular crepe batter is one of my favorites, as the rye flour keeps it tender, and the minimal amount of sugar means you can use it to wrap both sweet and savory fillings. When paired with the buttery apple compote, they work for breakfast (top with plain yogurt), lunch (cottage cheese!) or dessert (a spoonful of softly whipped cream).
Not all deviled eggs are made the same way. These luxurious version of the standard appetizer uses lobster meat and truffle salt to elevate the classic dish. The addition of the Parmesan crisp may seem like gilding the lily but they are so easy to make that you might as well go all out and make them for a stunning presentation and nibbly bite.
This stunning holiday cake is a fun weekend project. Each component can be made separately and refrigerated ahead of time, which makes assembling the cake fairly easy. The ermine frosting is an old fashioned cooked flour frosting which is a soft mellow frosting that complements the tart cranberry filling.