Chef's Notes Plus

10 Drinkable Soups for Outdoor Gatherings

During these cold winter months, our gatherings are typically indoor and out of the elements. But this year is unlike others, and many of us are taking our socially-distant get-togethers outside. Eating outside can be a challenge, since your hands are cold, your face is cold, and your food gets […]

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. […]

Main Dishes

Baked Sweet Potatoes with Caramelized Onions and Mushrooms

Makes 4 servings Ingredients 4 small sweet potatoes, scrubbed 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided use Kosher salt, to taste 2 tablespoons unsalted butter 3 medium yellow onions, thinly sliced Freshly ground black pepper, to taste 1 lb 8 oz mixed mushrooms, like oyster, shiitake, or cremini, cut into bite-sized […]

Soups & Stews

Beef Chili

Makes 6 servings Ingredients 3 lb boneless beef shoulder 1 tablespoon whole cumin seeds, or 2 teaspoons ground cumin 1 tablespoon whole coriander seeds, or 2 teaspoon ground coriander 1 tablespoon sweet chili powder 1 tablespoon medium hot chili powder 1 tablespoon smoked Spanish paprika 1 teaspoon dried oregano 1/2 […]

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 […]

Pies & Tarts

Chai Vanilla Tart

Makes one tart – 8-10 servings Tart Filling Ingredients 1/3 cup sugar 2 tbsp cornstarch 1 3/4 cups milk 1 egg 2 egg yolks 2 chai tea bags 1 tbsp unsalted butter 1/2 tsp vanilla extract Ground cinnamon, as needed Sweetened whipped cream, for topping Directions In a medium bowl, […]

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 […]