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15 Plant-Forward Fall Recipes

As the fall rolls in, you can put on some sweatpants and curl up with a cozy blanket. But you also need to nourish your belly with the flavors of the season. We’ve made a list of some of our best fall recipes which just happen to be plant-forward. Kale, […]

Sauces, Dressings & Condiments

Almond-Fig Vinaigrette

Makes 2 cups Ingredients 1/4 cup chopped almonds 1/3 cup balsamic vinegar 1/3 cup red wine 2 shallots, minced Kosher salt, as needed Freshly ground black pepper, as needed 1 cup olive oil (not extra-virgin) 3/4 cup almond oil 1/2 cup chopped fresh or dried figs Juice of 2 lemons […]

Breakfast & Brunch

Apple Pie Scones

Makes 12 scones Pre-cooking the apples keeps these scones moist, but not soggy. You can do that part a day or two ahead of time, if you like. Galas are a neutral, crisp apple that are great for baking, but you can use Granny Smith or something similar if you […]

Breakfast & Brunch, Family Fun

Banana Nut Loaf

Makes 2 Loaves Ingredients 6 bananas, very ripe 1/4 lemon, peeled or 1 tsp lemon juice 3 1/4 cups all-purpose flour 1/2 tsp baking powder 1 1/4 tsp baking soda 1/2 tsp salt 2 cups sugar 2 large eggs 1/2 cup vegetable oil 3/4 cup chopped toasted pecans Directions Preheat […]

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 […]

Main Dishes

Chicken Curry

Makes 4 to 6 servings Ingredients 1 1/2 tablespoon finely grated ginger 1 tablespoon minced garlic 3/4 cup plain yogurt 2 1/2 lb skinless chicken thighs, bone in (2 thighs per person) 2 dried red chiles, crushed 2 cups finely chopped yellow onion 1 tablespoon vegetable oil 1 tablespoon ground […]

Desserts, Family Fun

Chocolate Cereal Crumbles

Makes 4 to 6 servings So simple and satisfying, these little treats are a snack for kids and grown-ups! Use your favorite cereal and experiment with a mix of dark, milk, or even white chocolate, if you like. We love peanuts in this recipe, but you can replace it with […]

Sauces, Dressings & Condiments

CHOCOLATE HAZELNUT SPREAD

This homemade spread is a healthier take on the store-bought version. Try this delicious chocolate hazelnut spread over your favorite whole grain breads, or use as a flavorful filling in pastries or desserts. Makes 2 cups  Prep time: 10 minutes Cooking time: 20 minutes   ©The Culinary Institute of America 

Desserts

Chocolate Peanut Butter Icebox Cake

Makes 8 servings This may be an icebox cake recipe, but the beauty of an icebox cake is that it requires no recipe. Simple layer your favorite cookie (graham crackers, chocolate chip, snickerdoodles!) with something creamy (pudding, whipped cream, dulce de leche!) and wait until tomorrow. Ingredients 2 cups heavy […]

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 […]