Valentine’s Day

Three plates, each with an easy cinnamon knot on it

Easy Cinnamon Knots

Soft buttery pastry, sweet cinnamon-y filling, and a burst of dried fruit. Now, THESE are the kind of knots we all need.

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.

2 Lobster thermidor in a baking dish, flanked by dinner plates and glasses of wine.

Lobster Thermidor

For lobster thermidor, lobster is cooked and then coated in a rich thermidor sauce, seasoned with mustard and tarragon, and scooped back in the shell.

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.

Three pieces of roasted bone marrow sprinkled with salt in a metal roasting pan.

Roasted Bone Marrow

Though traditionally a first course, bone marrow is sufficient enough to be both first course and last course. And maybe each course in between.

Royal icing being piped onto a cookie by a young girl being helped by her mother, surrounded by jars of sprinkles, cookie cutters, and wooden spoons.

Royal Icing

Whether your knack for cookie-decorating leans toward fancy schmancy or basic buttons on gingerbread people, you need a foolproof royal icing. Look no more.