Main Dishes

Lamb Biryani

Makes 8 servings Biryani is a signature rice dish in Indian cuisine known especially for its scrumptious, colorful presentation. Made with basmati rice, it can be created with lamb, chicken, beef, or vegetables and features generous amounts of sweet spices, as well as nuts and raisins. In this recipe, it’s […]

Desserts, Pies and Tarts

Maple Pecan Pie

Makes one 9-inch pie The complementary flavors of maple and pecan combine in this pie to create an earthy, buttery, robust dessert. Be sure to purchase Grade B maple syrup as the darker amber color and deeper maple flavor are essential to this pie. In the variation that follows, adding […]

Side Dishes

Mixed Grain Pilaf

Makes 6 cups, approximately 10 to 12 servings This pilaf is delicious, but neutral flavored, making it a great mix-and-match meal prep recipe. Eat at as a hot side dish, chilled and sprinkled over green salads, or mixed with leftover meats and veggies to stuff peppers or eggplant. Ingredients 2 […]

Main Dishes

Mole Rojo Oaxaqueño (Red Oaxacan Mole)

Makes 8 servings There are more than 50 varieties of Mexican mole, but this may be the versions most Americans think of when they hear the word. Rich with flavor from dried chiles, nuts and seeds, and, yes, a bit of chocolate, this sauce is worth the effort. Ingredients 23 […]


Mudslide Cookies

Makes 24 large cookies Ingredients 3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons cake flour 1 tablespoon baking powder 1/8 teaspoon kosher salt 1 tablespoon powdered instant coffee 1 tablespoon boiling water 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 7 oz unsweetened chocolate, coarsely chopped 6 oz bittersweet chocolate, coarsely chopped 8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted […]

Main Dishes, Sandwiches

Onion, Walnut, and Blue Cheese Roll-Ups

Makes 4 servings These roll-ups are a variation on an onion tart with blue cheese and walnuts. Red wine is a natural with this hearty appetizer. It was paired with Whitecliff Vineyard’s Merlot at a vegetarian wine tasting event in New York State’s Hudson River Valley. Both the roll-ups and […]


Orange, Chocolate & Macadamia Nut Biscotti

Makes 24 cookies Ingredients 3 cups bread flour 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda 5 eggs 1 1/4 cups sugar 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt 1 1/4 cups chopped macadamia nuts 1 1/2 teaspoons orange zest 1/2 cup melted chocolate, for drizzling (optional) Directions Line a sheet pan with parchment paper. Sift […]

Chef's Notes Plus

Our Favorite Holiday Cookies

There’s a lot to love about the holidays, but cookies are pretty high on the list. We’ve rounded up a few of our favorite cookie recipes to help inspire your baking. Remember that nearly all cookies are great for freezing, whether in baked or raw dough form, so get a […]


Peanut Brittle

Makes 1 thin sheet Brittle is some of the easiest candy to make, and the pay-off is unbeatable! This basic version uses peanuts, but you can substitute any nuts, especially roughly chopped almonds, cashews, or macadamia nuts, or even sesame seeds, pepitas, or oats. Add smoked sea salt or cocoa […]


Pignoli Cookies

Makes about 3 dozen cookies Pignolis, also called pine nuts, make a delicious, toasty-tasting cookie. Ingredients 2 1/4 cups sugar 2 cups almond paste 1/2 teaspoon almond extract Pinch kosher salt 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract 1 cup egg whites 1 cup pine nuts, or more as needed Directions Preheat […]