Christmas

A round white plate with six slices of eggnog pie and a dish of whipped cream.

Eggnog Pie

Essentially a slightly tipsy cheesecake, this bourbon-enhanced eggnog pie is something we’re classifying as “holiday desserts for parties where people like to party.”

Sweet and spicy roasted nuts in a large green bowl on a wooden table.

Sweet and Spicy Roasted Nuts

These sweet and spicy nuts are addictive, so serve with care. The sweet comes from sugar, the spicy is the result of red pepper flakes. Use any kind of nut.

A perfect roast turkey on a rack in a roasting pan.

Perfect Roast Turkey

This iconic roast turkey is, we sorta have to admit, perfect to behold. And it ought to be after being brined, stuffed with chestnut stuffing, and all but smothered in a ridiculously rich, real-deal gravy.

A partially covered Dutch oven filled with cooked Parmesan potato gratin.

Parmesan Potato Gratin

We used to get our gratins and scalloped potatoes confused. But then we tried this gratin. Guess which one is now our favorite?!

A whole smoked turkey in a metal serving dish on a bed of fresh herbs and cranberries.

Smoked Turkey

It’s not just about how lovely a turkey imbued with smoke would be. It’s also about how lovely more space in the oven on Thanksgiving would be.

A round baking dish filled with scalloped potatoes and two stacked white plates topped with a serving of the scalloped potatoes.

Scalloped Potatoes

Essentially creamy easy cheesy side dish awesomeness., these are as welcome on weeknights as they are on holidays.

A loaf of braided cinnamon bread drizzled with vanilla glaze resting on a wire rack.

Braided Cinnamon Bread

This Dutch oven braided loaf is swirled with cinnamon and topped with vanilla glaze and toasted pecans. It’s perfect anytime of the day, breakfast included.

A chocolate stout cake topped with brown butter cream cheese frosting on a green plate with a green mug in the background.

Chocolate Stout Cake

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day (or any day) with this Guinness-infused chocolate cake that’s smothered in swirls of browned butter cream cheese frosting.

a white casserole dish of roasted fennel with rye crumble

Roasted Fennel with Rye Crumble

Getting your five servings of vegetables per day is easy when you can feast on tender caramelized fennel that’s smothered in toasted rye-Parmesan crumble.

A dozen nutella truffles on a blue tabletop

Nutella Truffles

Orbs of Nutella, chocolate, and cream, all dusted in cocoa powder. Need we say more?

Three Champagne cocktails with a Champagne cork an a plate of sugar cubes beside the drinks.

Champagne Cocktail

The quintessential something to sip at an elegant soirée, a large party, or just because it’s a random Tuesday night.

Oliebollen, or Dutch doughnuts, in a wire basket, covered with powdered sugar on a white tablecloth.

Oliebollen ~ Dutch Doughnuts

Nothing’s better than warm oliebollen, or Dutch doughnuts, thanks to their crisp nooks and crannies and their pillowy centers hidden beneath a dusting of confectioners’ sugar.

Truffled mac and cheese in four mini-casserole pans, one with a fork and a few mouthfuls missing.

Truffled Mac and Cheese

Mac and cheese goes high falutin’ with a drizzle of chichi truffle oil and a few shavings of black truffle. Pricey, perhaps. But well worth it every once in a special while.

Gingerbread pancakes stacked on a plate, covered with syrup, blueberries, and a pat of butter.

Gingerbread Pancakes

Gingerbread pancakes, a perfect holiday treat, are filled with warm spices, including ginger. Gingerbread pancakes are a unique weekend breakfast.

A rectangular pine nut-toffee tart with rosemary and orange cut into triangles

Toffee Tart with Pine Nuts and Rosemary

This tart’s an unusual but fantabulous confection. The meatiness of the nuts, the piney notes of rosemary, the citrusy orange, and sweetness of the toffee play oh-so-nicely together.

Garlic mashed potatoes with melted butter and black pepper inside a copper pot, resting on a kitchen towel.

Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Silken, garlicky mashed potatoes manifest in mere minutes thanks to a super simple technique that’s perfect for when you’re entertaining or just plain hungry.

Roasted pear with honey and rosemary on sourdough, on a marble slab tray, beside a jar of honey, a spoon, and sprigs of rosemary.

Roasted Pear with Honey and Rosemary

A lovely combination of sweet honeyed pears, salty feta, and earthy rosemary makes an unforgettable starter. Or just a brilliant little snack to perk you up.