A choose-your-own-ending recipe, with varying outcomes depending on whether you use bittersweet or semisweet chocolate. Suspenseful!
Gung Bao Chicken
Er, what’s the deal between Gung Bao and Kung Pao chicken? One is a centuries old tradition. The other is an Americanized riff. Guess which one this is.
Pig-free, gluten-free, and dairy-free, this home-cured prosciutto tastes beguilingly, deceptively complex–and who’d have thunk it’s as easy as heck to make?!
Sautéed Chicken Liver on Toast
Tuscan through and through, this classic first course snazzes up chicken livers with capers, butter, onion, anchovies, and a splash of that other Tuscan tradition.
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.
Smoked Whitefish Brandade
Turns out an old brandade can learn new tricks. Here smoked sable stands in for salt cod, bringing a smoky richness to the garlicky potato purée–to great effect.
Lemon Cucumber Cocktail
A gentle and genteel sipper, this libation draws on gin, cucumber, club soda, mint, and the lilt of lemon as a solution to lazy, languid summer nights.
Summer Squash Fritters
Part hush puppy, part fritter, and lovely through and through, these little blobs of cornmeal batter and summer squash blossom like sunflowers as they fry.
Chilled Tomato Soup with Feta and Olives
This shockingly stunning chilled soup–not to be confused with gazpacho, mind you–has ample oomph to compensate for lackluster tomatoes. But when made with in-season heirlooms?
The defining aroma of an Atlantic boardwalk comprises three things: salty sea air, peanut oil, and Old Bay. You’ll find two out of three in these fries. Not bad.
Stuffing with Bacon, Apples, and Onions
This bread stuffing with bacon, apples, and onions is classic Thanksgiving fare and can be cooked inside or outside the turkey.