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Crispy Oven-Roasted Chicken Thighs

What a revelation! An easy, set-it-and-forget-it recipe that turns out 12 beautifully crispy, juicy chicken thighs + a lemony sauce in about 45 minutes. You just cut an onion and throw it in a pan with some garlic, rosemary and […]

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A Holiday Cheese Ball

Greg was smitten with a recipe accompanying Kim Severson’s New York Times story about the cheese ball. A midwest — and Southern — staple, it makes us recall the Christmases of our youth. So we made it, to recall the Christmases […]

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Gingerbread Cookies

I made dough for both Sugar Cookies and Gingerbread Men, but this year, we only got around to making the gingerbread. It’s a winner of a recipe, super easy and just enough spices to make it interesting, not dense. Roll […]

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A Christmas Aviation

Celebrate the holiday season with a festive Aviation! Aviation 3 ounces gin 1 ounce maraschino liqueur 1 ounce lemon juice 1 teaspoon creme de violette Combine all in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake vigorously and strain into a chilled […]

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Dijon and Cognac Beef Stew

Megan lent me her The Essential New York Times Cookbook, which, despite being only a year old, is already well loved, stained and tattered. I’ve been flipping through it, a little overwhelmed about where to even start. It’s massive. Amanda Hesser, former […]

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Grapefruit Buttermilk Cake

Grapefruit buttermilk cake is one of those desserts you never know you need until you make it. Even the flavors: they seem like they won’t work together, but instead, they are wonderful. From Wintersweet, by Tammy Donroe Innman, a charming book […]

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Kale Salad with Squash and Toasted Almonds

This Northern Spy Kale Salad, discovered on Food52, has become a staple this holiday season: I made it first for the Advent Party, then Kris and Tom brought it for the annual reading of ‘A Christmas Memory,’ and now it’s […]

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Christmas Cookies

I have found a sugar cookie I can really get behind. Not just an excuse to have pretty red and green colors but actually a tasty cookie you’d want to eat on its own. I found this wonderful recipe on Food52. […]

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Frisee aux Lardons

One of our favorite salads, and an excuse to have breakfast for dinner. Wash the lettuce and make most of your dressing, then put a pot of water on to simmer. Cook the lardons in a pan on real low […]

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Brussels Sprouts Salad with Maple Pecans

A slaw, really, rather than a salad. The recipe for Brussels sprouts slaw can be found here. Here are just a few photos from our cooking extrvanagza of Thanksgiving, 2013. Related posts: Brussels Sprouts Salad with Maple Pecans and Mustard […]

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Cornbread Dressing with Fennel and Sausage

This might possibly be the best stuffing (or dressing, actually, since it was cooked outside the turkey) that I’ve ever had. It was moist, flavorful and had great texture, too. A real winner all around. We started with breakfast sauage, […]

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Sweet Potatoes with Maple-Bourbon Glaze

Made on Thanskgiving 2013. A recipe to be treasured. From Bon Appetit, Nov. 2013. Sweet Potatoes with Maple and Bourbon 1 1/2 cups strong hot coffee 9 tablespoons pure maple syrup 3 tablespoons (packed) dark brown sugar 1/2 teaspoon instant […]

Pork Ragu
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Pork Ragu

Here’s another pasta recipe — pork ragu — from the Sara Jenkins school of sofrito. The mirepoix of onion, carrot, celery, garlic and spices is pureed and sauted to concentrate the flavors. It makes for an impressive ragu with a […]

Swedish Visiting Cake
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Swedish Visiting Cake

Dorie Greenspan’s Baking book is a real treasure. Take this little gem, for instance, which gets its name from her friend Ingela’s mother, who used to “claim that you could start making it when you saw guests coming up the […]

Hoppin' John
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Hoppin’ John for New Year’s Day

It’s good luck to eat black eyed peas on New Year’s Day. We can use every little bit we can get! This recipe comes from Emeril and the Food Network, and I highly, highly recommend it. We were wowed, and […]

Arugula Salad with Grapefruit, Almonds, Dates and Meyer Lemon Vinaigrette
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Arugula Salad with Meyer Lemon Vinaigrette

To start our Very Vegan Christmas Dinner, we served a winter salad with arugula from Satur Farms and Red Cooper grapefruit from the Valley. We did almonds for crunch and dates because they looked great. The dressing was made with […]

Meyer Lemon Sidecars
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Meyer Lemon Sidecars

Greg found Meyer lemons at Whole Foods. A seasonal specialty, these lemons are known for having a thinner skin than regular lemons, and their juice is a bit sweeter. According to Wikipedia, the meyer lemon comes from China and was […]

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Korean Fried Chicken

Light, crunchy batter. Spicy, firey sauce. What’s not to love about Korean Fried Chicken? This is the second or third time we’ve made this recipe, which originally came from the New York Times. Since then, we have found that you don’t […]

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Braised Lamb Shanks with Baked Polenta

Thank you, David Tanis, for showing me the light. Here I have been stuck in front of the stove each time I want to make polenta, stirring, stirring, stirring. Even the supposed “no-stir” polenta recipes always require attending. No more. […]

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Wild Card Saturday Potato Skins

Most years on this first Saturday in January, we are heading to Kelli and Patrick’s for their annual Wild Card Saturday party. Unfortunately, this year, they took a hiatus. So in order to make up for missing such culinary delights […]