About Maria Helm Sinskey

Maria Helm Sinskey

Maria Sinskey is the co-owner and culinary director of Robert Sinskey Vineyards in Napa Valley, CA. After graduating from the California Culinary Academy and Denmark’s Conditerie Tivoli Pastry School, she worked at several restaurants in the Bay Area and was named one of Food & Wine’s Best New Chefs in 1996. Sinskey is the author of The Vineyard Kitchen and Family Meals. @eatRSV

Squares of best homemade gingerbread cake dusted with confectioners' sugar on a silver platter.

Best Homemade Gingerbread Cake

A contemporary riff on an old-fashioned classic that has a perfect balance of spices and a light, pillowy texture and the zing of fresh ginger.

  • Quick Glance
  • 25 M
  • 1 H, 30 M
  • 2
A person dipping a piece of bread into a bowl of butternut squash soup.

Butternut Squash Soup

A most gratifying use for a gangly gourd, this silken butternut squash soup all but defines autumn.

  • (5)
  • 15 M
  • 3 H
  • 12
Roasted Caramelized Root Vegetables

Roasted Caramelized Root Vegetables

Sometimes it’s a relief to take a respite from veggie side dishes that are overcomplicated to put together or overwrought with additional ingredients. Sometimes it’s nice to simply revel in the innate goodness of the simplest incarnation of something.

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  • 25 M
  • 1 H, 25 M
  • 6
A person carrying a decorative blue and white serving platter loaded with five-spice grilled pork chops.

Five-Spice Grilled Pork Chops

Only subtly spicy, these pork chops take on an air of intrigue with their warming and evocative aroma and taste. Certain to spark conversation, if not seconds.

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  • 30 M
  • 1 H, 35 M
  • 3
Pomegranate-Glazed Cornish Game Hens

Pomegranate-Glazed Cornish Game Hens

Game hens are brushed with a peppery pomegranate glaze and stuffed with a savory pine-nut-currant bread stuffing. The game hens are a great holiday meal.

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  • 1 H
  • 2 H, 30 M
  • 6
A slice of honey walnut cake, topped with whipped cream and fresh berries.

Honey Walnut Cake

Easy enough for everyday yet sufficiently elegant for anytime you need a little oomph, this honey-inflected walnut cake never disappoints. Ever.

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  • 20 M
  • 1 H, 10 M
  • 6