Chef's Notes Plus

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 Chef’s Note: If desired, make a vanilla icing glaze by combining 1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar, 1/2 tsp vanilla extract, and 2 tablespoons milk in a bowl. Mix until smooth, adding additional milk 1 tablespoon at a time, if needed, to make a […]

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. […]

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 […]

Cookies

Chocolate Pecan Shortbread

Makes about 3 dozen cookies These cookies are best when they are nice and crisp, so don’t take them out of the oven too early. Ingredients 1 cup toasted pecans, cooled and chopped 1 2/3 cups all-purpose flour 1/2 lb (2 sticks) unsalted butter 1/2 cup granulated sugar 1/4 cup […]

Chef's Notes Plus

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 […]

Cookies, Family Fun

Cinnamon Bun Cookies

Makes 4 dozen cookies Cookie Dough Ingredients 1/2 lb (2 sticks) unsalted butter 1/3 cup granulated sugar 3/4 cup confectioners’ sugar 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt 1 1/2 teaspoon grated orange zest 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract 1 egg 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour Cinnamon Smear Ingredients 5 tablespoons plus 2 […]