Banana Napoleons with Caramel Sauce

Banana Napoleons with Caramel Sauce

Squares of homemade puff pastry (or store-bought if you want to save time), sandwich sliced bananas and a rich walnut caramel sauce. Whip creams sits on top.

Dried fruit and nut cake cut into three slices on a cutting board on marble

Dried Fruit and Nut Cake

Chock-full of crunchy nuts and moist dried fruit, this cake is a taste sensation. May we suggest a choice of apricots, plums, pears, or peaches?

Chocolate-Rum Savarin

Chocolate-Rum Savarin

Rich and tender, this yeast leavened cake is moistened by a good soaking of rum syrup and frosted with gianduja cream. No savarin mold? A Bundt pan will do.

Red plate of six stuffed quahogs clams stuffed with breadcrumbs, chopped clams, parsley, Old Bay Seasoning

Stuffed Quahogs

For a taste of Martha’s Vineyard away from the coast make Jessica B. Harris’s stuffed quahogs – hard shell clams – to enjoy with an evening drink before dinner.

A bowl of dry-roasted chile peanuts.

Chile Peanuts

Forget plain old peanuts. This titillating take on spiced nuts adds paprika and chili powder without subtracting anything from their beer friendly quotient.

White ramekin with a baked almond custard in a pastry shell, sliced almonds on top

Baked Almond Custard with Cinnamon

Hailing from Egypt, this cinnamon-tinged custard is speckled with almonds and pistachios and sits on a raft of puff pastry. Elegant and surprisingly easy.