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A Special Recipe for Your New Year Celebration

You may already have a New Year food tradition: black-eyed peas? Noodles? Lentils? But because this year is less than typical, you may be in the mood to try something new. If, like most of us, you have no special plans for the day, you might be looking for a […]

Pies & Tarts

Apple Slab Pie

Makes one, 5 1/2 by 17-inch slab pie Ingredients 2 lb Golden Delicious apples, peeled and cut into 1/4-inch slices 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice 1 cup granulated sugar 3 tablespoon all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1/8 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg Egg wash, as needed […]

Desserts

Apple Strudel

Makes 6 servings Strudels are known for their paper-thin, flaky crust, which takes some patience, but is worth the effort. Once you get the hang of it, you’ll be strudel-ing all of your favorite fillings. You can even use this dough with savory fillings, like seared mushrooms and goat cheese. […]

Cookies

Black and White Cookies

Make about 2 dozen cookies Ingredients 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter 1 cup sugar 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt 3 eggs 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract 1/4 cup sour cream 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour 1/2 teaspoon baking powder Vanilla Glaze Ingredients 1 1/4 cups confectioners’ sugar, sifted 2 tablespoons […]

Side Dishes

Braised Belgian Endive With Caramelized Vegetables

Makes 4 to 6 servings Ingredients 1 tablespoon olive oil 4 Belgian endive, cut in half lengthwise 2 oz pancetta or bacon, cut into small dice 2 shallots, finely chopped 1 carrot, cut into small dice 1 celery stalk, peeled and cut into small dice 1 bay leaf 1 thyme […]

Desserts

Candied Almonds

Makes about 1 lb Ingredients 3/4 cup sugar 3 tablespoons water 3 1/2 cups (1 lb) whole blanched almonds 1 tablespoon unsalted butter Directions Line a baking sheet with a silicone mat or parchment paper. Combine the sugar and water in a heavy saucepan and stir until the sugar is […]

Cookies, Free Recipes

Chocolate Mint Cookies

Makes about 3 dozen cookies Ingredients 8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter 1 cup sugar 4 1/2 oz semisweet chocolate, chopped and melted 2 eggs 1 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract 3/4 teaspoon mint extract 2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder 1 teaspoon baking soda 4 […]

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Christmas Brittle

Where I grew up in New Jersey, there was a local candy shop that sold macadamia nut brittle that was a prized possession in my house. It was, as you can expect, expensive as kids candy went, and my parents/Santa only got it once a year to sneak into our […]