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.

Saint Joseph's Day Cream Puffs

Saint Joseph’s Day Cream Puffs

Maybe on St. Joseph Day we all ought to be Catholic seeing as the proper way to celebrate is indulging in crisp puffs filled with toasted walnut pastry cream.

Crispy chocolate-filled pastry triangles and two glasses of dessert wine on a silver tray

Chocolate-Filled Phyllo Triangles

These triangles are like a crunchy pain au chocolat, with phyllo replacing the yeasted dough. Dab a little raspberry jam on top of the chocolate before folding.

Brown bowl of spicy Swiss potato soup with scallion, Gruyere cheese, and potatoes on top

Spicy Swiss Potato Soup

Use leftover mashed potatoes for this spicy soup with Gruyere cheese. Cayenne pepper supplies the heat and scallions add the right amount of onion flavor.