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Plum Pudding
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This dessert is not pudding in the American sense of the word, but in the British sense—meaning dessert. The bright orange zest, warm spices, and dried fruit in this rich, moist, dense steamed cake bring all of the holiday feels to the table. The hard sauce that accompanies it is basically brandy butter. When you dollop it on top, it slowly melts into the warm cake, infusing the pudding with the richness of the butter, the sweetness of the sugar, and the warmth from the brandy. Serve this with a cup of tea or a glass of brandy or sherry.
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This ragù stands apart from most with the addition of fennel seeds, ground allspice, and habanero hot sauce. Like most great braises, it tastes even better after a day or two in the fridge, making it a great do-ahead dish for entertaining. Be sure to look for meaty short ribs; they can sometimes be skimpy, consisting of mostly bones. The ragù is topped with gremolata for a bright, fresh finish. Traditional gremolata is made with parsley, garlic, and lemon zest, but here the lemon is swapped out with orange zest, a nice match for the fennel and habanero in the ragù.
One of the best ways to ensure pork chops don't come out dry and leathery is to use the sous vide method of cooking. It guarantees the pork will come out juicy and tender. These pork chops are seasoned with crushed fennel and coriander seeds, and finished in a hot skillet with butter, sage, garlic, and shallot. Spooning the flavorful butter over the chop as it sears in the skillet infuses the meat with the flavored butter.
Gibson Martinis
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The Gibson—a variation on a Martini made with a splash of pickled onion juice and garnished with a pickled pearl onion—doesn't get enough love, but we're here to change that. The key to a great Gibson is to make your own pickled onions; the flavor and texture of homemade just can't be beat, and you will also have extra to add to your next cheese board, salad, or sandwich. We might call for adding just one onion to each martini, but don't let that stop you from sneaking in a few more into your glass.
Luxardo-Style Cherries
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Move over maraschino cherries, there's a serious new upgrade in town—and with this recipe, you can save money by making your own instead of buying the pricey ones from the store. Cook a batch when cherries are in season, or any time of year; frozen cherries work well here. Be sure to cook the cherries for only 2 minutes; it's just enough to infuse them yet keep them firm and whole instead of turning them to jam. These cherries are the perfect garnish for your next Manhattan, a bowl of vanilla ice cream, or a cake. Or keep a few jars on-hand for an elegant hostess gift.
Air Fryer Brownies
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With the help of an air fryer, these gooey, fudgy brownies—baked in ramekins and reminiscent of a molten chocolate cake—are less than an hour away. Adding espresso powder to the batter helps bring out the chocolate flavor, as does the crunchy sea salt garnish at the end. Serve them on their own, or with your favorite ice cream. Better yet, top them with berries, whipped cream, chopped nuts or caramel sauce to make a brownie sundae.
Chicken Diane
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This Chicken Diane recipe is all about building layers of flavor as you cook. Searing chicken and then browning mushrooms in a skillet creates delicious browned bits on the bottom of the pan. When the liquids are added, those browned bits release their flavor, resulting in a rich, silky, savory sauce. Fresh lemon juice and parsley are mixed in at the end for brightness. Serve the finished dish with egg noodles and a salad.
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Made to share, this Pull-Apart Rosemary-Garlic Bread is perfect for bakers of all skill levels. Pockets of grated Parmesan cheese, fresh rosemary, garlic, and plenty of butter infuse each layer, flavoring this loaf from the inside out. Just barely sweet, the nearly effortless homemade dough comes together in mere minutes in a stand mixer.
Italian Easter Bread
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Sweet dough scented with lemon and nutmeg is twisted into individual wreaths in these classic Italian Easter breads decorated with dyed eggs. The eggs are uncooked when the breads are assembled, and while the bread bakes, the eggs magically become fully-cooked. Traditionally, this bread is served along with a charcuterie board. There are so many kinds of sprinkles available now, so have fun decorating these pretty, delicious breads.
Chicken Diane
Rating: Unrated
New!
This Chicken Diane recipe is all about building layers of flavor as you cook. Searing chicken and then browning mushrooms in a skillet creates delicious browned bits on the bottom of the pan. When the liquids are added, those browned bits release their flavor, resulting in a rich, silky, savory sauce. Fresh lemon juice and parsley are mixed in at the end for brightness. Serve the finished dish with egg noodles and a salad.
Made to share, this Pull-Apart Rosemary-Garlic Bread is perfect for bakers of all skill levels. Pockets of grated Parmesan cheese, fresh rosemary, garlic, and plenty of butter infuse each layer, flavoring this loaf from the inside out. Just barely sweet, the nearly effortless homemade dough comes together in mere minutes in a stand mixer.
Italian Easter Bread
Rating: Unrated
New!
Sweet dough scented with lemon and nutmeg is twisted into individual wreaths in these classic Italian Easter breads decorated with dyed eggs. The eggs are uncooked when the breads are assembled, and while the bread bakes, the eggs magically become fully-cooked. Traditionally, this bread is served along with a charcuterie board. There are so many kinds of sprinkles available now, so have fun decorating these pretty, delicious breads.
These buttery, nutty, salty shortbread cookies have enough structure to hold together when you pick them up, but when you take a bite, they are meltingly tender. The salt compliments the tanginess of the chocolate, and brings out the nuttiness from the tahini. Marbling the dough creates a striking pattern. Enjoy the cookies with a cup of coffee or tea—they would also make a lovely gift, packaged up in a nice box.