Spice-crusted cheese truffles are an ideal hors d’oeuvre. The truffles, a combo of cheddar and cream cheese, are rolled then tossed in a chile powder.
This pepperoni spinach frittata is great for brunch. Have the ingredients ready and make the frittata while guests watch. The frittata can be an appetizer.
Writer and cocktail expert Kara Newman is a fan of Mad Men but not its bone-dry martinis. Instead, her cocktail for watching Mad Men is the Fiery Almond.
This Spanish custard, called crema, is rich, creamy, and simple to make. The custard is made with milk and cream, so it’s lighter. Serve the crema warm.
These beef rolls, called paupiettes, are stuffed with pancetta and herbs, and rolled. The beef rolls are then sauteed. Once seared, the rolls are simmered.
This Italian ribollita soup is dense with bread, greens, beans and is topped with caramelized onions. Rich with flavor, the ribbolita is a family dish.
For this New England clam chowder, steamer clams, rather than chowder clams, are used. The broth is creamy and rich. Make the chowder a day ahead. Easy.
Luxuriously broad noodles known as pappardelle become all tangled up in this hearty bolognese sauce. Whereas the pasta is fresh, the sauce can be made ahead.
Fusilli pasta is tossed in a sauce rich with bufala mozzarella. The melted cheese creates strands as the fusilli is lifted, hence the telefono reference.
Potato gnocchi is tossed with sausage, tomato, peas, and smoked mozzarella for a hearty dish. The gnocchi is simple to make and can be frozen.
These savory shortbreads are seasoned with thyme, lemon, and a sprinkling of sea salt. Serve the shortbreads as a snack or as an hors d’oeuvre with wine.
This spicy tomato crumble isn’t your run-of-the-mill crumble. It’s savory and filled with a tangy chunky tomato base. The crumble reheats beautifully.
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