Holiday Recipes

Vegetarian Thanksgiving Recipes
Vegetarian Thanksgiving Recipes - November 20, 2014

A collection of past favorite vegetarian Thanksgiving recipes - plenty of seasonally inspired main dishes, sides, salads, and desserts.

A Good Winter Salad
A Good Winter Salad - December 1, 2013

A simple salad made with crunchy lettuces, a garlicky, melted lemon butter dressing, and shaved endives, delicata squash, avocados, and pepitas.

Gin-marinated Olives
Gin-marinated Olives - July 30, 2013

Hot, gin-marinated olives. I used big, green Castelvetranos tossed with a mixture of gin and olive oil, big swatches of lemon peel, lots of herbs. Feta cubes were the finishing touch.

Seeded Popovers
Seeded Popovers - February 4, 2013

Popovers are the most delightful thing my oven produces - sky-high and billowy. Here's my go-to recipe, a few tips, and the overall technique I use.

Moroccan Carrot and Chickpea Salad
Moroccan Carrot and Chickpea Salad - January 7, 2013

A beauty of a carrot salad - tricked out with chickpeas, chunks of dried pluots, sliced almonds, and a toasted cumin dressing. Thank you Diane Morgan.



 
 
 
 
Yuzu Maple Leaf Cocktail
Yuzu Maple Leaf Cocktail - December 26, 2012

Winter citrus juice + bourbon + a bit of maple syrup, chilled, and served a tiny glass, is good.

Blood Orange Gin Sparkler
Blood Orange Gin Sparkler - December 22, 2011

The citrus gin sparkler you want to be drinking at your next holiday party.

Gougères
Gougères - December 17, 2011

Gougères - I have these little cheese puffs in my freezer, ready to bake, nearly always. This version, a favorite, is made with whole wheat flour, sharp white cheddar cheese, fennel, and ale.

Black Sticky Gingerbread
Black Sticky Gingerbread - December 11, 2011

This black sticky gingerbread recipe makes an outrageously dark, dense, flavorful and delicious cake. The burnt-caramel-esque crust that forms on the top of the cake is part of what makes this recipe a keeper.

Brown Sugar Rosemary Walnuts
Brown Sugar Rosemary Walnuts - September 19, 2011

I made these Brown Sugar Rosemary Walnuts as a snack to take for my long travel day to The Greenbrier for the annual Symposium for Professional Food Writers. Recipe & photos from my visit.

Cinnamon Buns
Cinnamon Buns - December 20, 2010

Inspired by a cinnamon bun recipe in Lotta Jansdotter's new book, Handmade Living, these cinnamon buns are made from a cardamom-flecked, buttery yeast dough with a classic cinnamon-sugar swirl.

Christmas Lima Bean Stew
Christmas Lima Bean Stew - December 14, 2010

The soup I've cooked most this year. There is so much going on here despite a modest list of ingredients. Celery, crushed caraway, and garlic are cooked together alongside big hearty beans and chopped tomatoes in what becomes an olive-oil dappled broth. You serve each bowl with chopped oily, black olives and fresh lemon wedges. This is a version made with Christmas Lima beans, but you can substitute cannellini or giant corona beans.

Christmas Cookie Recipes
Christmas Cookie Recipes - December 9, 2010

An updated collection of some of my favorite Christmas cookies from past years - from gingerbread to shortbread, and plenty of chocolate Christmas cookies as well.

Sparkling Cranberries
Sparkling Cranberries - December 14, 2009

Around the holidays these pretty, sparkling sugared cranberries are perfect. Tart and sweet, they glint and wink in the surrounding holiday lights, and lend a striking dash of red to the table.

Sparkling Ginger Chip Cookies
Sparkling Ginger Chip Cookies - December 4, 2009

I made these for Lottie & Doof's 12 DAYS OF COOKIES. They are tiny, bite-sized holiday cookies made with two kinds of ginger and lots of shaved chocolate. The turbinado sugar crust gives them a bit of crunch which is a nice contrast to the ooey-goey chocolate.

Tassajara Warm Red Cabbage Salad
Tassajara Warm Red Cabbage Salad - October 20, 2009

Inspired by a recipe in The Complete Tassajara Cookbook, a warm winter salad made from sauteed shredded red cabbage. Feta, balsamic vinegar, and golden raisins make it sweet and salty, rich with color, texture and flavor.

Triple Ginger Cookies
Triple Ginger Cookies - January 14, 2009

This ginger cookie recipe is made special with three kinds of ginger and a hint of lemon zest. Cracked and sugar-crusted on the outside, dense and moist within.

Holiday Recipes
Holiday Recipes - December 23, 2008

A collection of some of my favorite holiday recipes - a range of colorful, seasonal, main dished, appetizers, and sweets.

Bulgur, Celery and Pomegranate Salad
Bulgur, Celery and Pomegranate Salad - December 23, 2008

This lovely, jeweled pomegranate salad recipe is from Samuel and Samantha Clark's book Moro East - toasted walnuts, celery, mint, parsley, and garlic. An easy, delicious, and a pretty addition to any table.

Sante's Hermit Cookies
Sante's Hermit Cookies - December 17, 2008

My friend Sante shared his hermit recipe with me - a simple, drop-style, spice cookie loaded with tiny currants, chopped walnuts, and finished with a bit of icing.

Swedish Rye Cookies
Swedish Rye Cookies - December 11, 2008

Powder-kissed and pretty, these Swedish Rye cookies are perfect for holiday cookie enthusiasts who are after a not-too-sweet, shortbread-style butter cookie.

Fantasy-ish Fudge
Fantasy-ish Fudge - December 9, 2008

My take on the classic fantasy fudge recipe - made with Scharffen Berger chocolate, butter (not margarine) , and organic cane sugar.

Ginger Jeweled Salad
Ginger Jeweled Salad - December 3, 2008

A jewel-inspired holiday salad recipe - mixed leafy salad greens, wild rice, toasted hazelnuts, dried figs and pluots, tossed with a simple ginger juice vinaigrette that I spiked with just a hint of jalapeno.

Spice-kissed Pumpkin Pie
Spice-kissed Pumpkin Pie - November 23, 2008

Favorite, easy pumpkin pie recipe. Made from a rich, roasted pumpkin and coconut milk base, and baked in a hazelnut-lined crust - delicious!

Firecracker Cornbread
Firecracker Cornbread - November 19, 2008

A moist, tender buttermilk cornbread packed with corn kernels and flecked with red pepper flakes. Simple and delicious.

Vibrant Tasty Green Beans
Vibrant Tasty Green Beans - November 16, 2008

A favorite green bean recipe - dill, green beans, leeks, salt and olive oil. That's it - five ingredients, one skillet - tasty green beans.

Caramel Apples
Caramel Apples - October 15, 2008

A caramel apple recipe made from apples, honey, cream, and salt - all-natural, with no processed corn syrup or other funky ingredients.

Butter-toasted Hazelnuts
Butter-toasted Hazelnuts - January 1, 2008

One of my favorite party-friendly ways to use hazelnuts. This butter-toasted hazelnut recipe uses toasted butter, fresh tyme and lemon and orange zest to add a simple yet sophisticated twist to a nut bowl.

Pine Nut Rosemary Shortbread
Pine Nut Rosemary Shortbread - December 16, 2007

A twist on the shortbread recipe I included in my book -perfectly golden pine nuts and just enough rosemary and lemon zest to infuse the buttery sweet dough with fragrance and flavor.

Minty Chocolate Christmas Cookies
Minty Chocolate Christmas Cookies - December 11, 2007

This cookie combines thin chocolate wafers with a thick, creamy peppermint filling. A wonderful holiday or Christmas cookie.

Hazelnut & Chard Ravioli Salad
Hazelnut & Chard Ravioli Salad - November 25, 2007

Plump raviolis tossed with toasted hazelnuts, sauteed ribbons of chard, and caramelized onions are at the heart of this ravioli salad recipe. The colorful platter is finished off with a dusting of cheese, snipped chives, and lemon zest. You can prepare most of the components ahead of time.

Yeast-raised Cornbread
Yeast-raised Cornbread - November 14, 2007

Yeast-leavened corn bread recipe, heavily flecked with kernels of bright yellow corn and generously spiked with chives. Perfect for stuffing and soup-dunking.

Golden-Crusted Brussels Sprouts
Golden-Crusted Brussels Sprouts - November 11, 2007

A quick and easy brussels sprouts recipe that will convert the biggest skeptics. Vibrant green, tender brussels sprouts that become deeply golden and crusty where they touch the pan, dusted with cheese.

Spooky Ghost Meringues
Spooky Ghost Meringues - October 31, 2007

A fun meringue recipe that enables you to shape the meringue into seasonal shapes - ghosts for halloween, or snowmen for the holidays

Mark Bittman's Autumn Millet Bake
Mark Bittman's Autumn Millet Bake - October 26, 2007

This millet bake recipe is a largely hands-off, winter squash-based casserole that uses golden millet, baked squash, pumpkin seeds and jewel-toned cranberries. A perfect Thanksgiving recipe for those of you collecting ideas.

Farro and Roasted Butternut Squash
Farro and Roasted Butternut Squash - October 16, 2007

A wonderful farro and roasted butternut squash recipe. Balsamic roasted butternut squash, deeply toasted walnuts, and nutty farro come together in this delicious recipe.

Espresso Caramels
Espresso Caramels - September 13, 2007

A favorite caramel recipe yielding dozens of generously espresso-flecked caramels that you can individually wrap. They have a deliciously subtle undercurrent of sea salt and are great for the holidays.

Challah Bread
Challah Bread - August 12, 2007

Peter Reinhart's challah recipe creates a wonderful (and reasonably forgiving) dough that bakes into a tender, delicious version of the traditional Jewish celebration bread.

Hearst Castle Shortbread Cookies
Hearst Castle Shortbread Cookies - July 25, 2007

A beautiful, buttery shortbread cookie recipe straight from the Hearst Castle kitchen.

Fourth of July Roasted Tomato Salsa
Fourth of July Roasted Tomato Salsa - July 1, 2007

A deliciously vibrant, earthy, and slightly smoky-tasting salsa recipe. Different from salsa fresca, the deep, caramelized flavors of the roasted tomatoes and onions alongside the smokiness of the chipotles make for a richly beautiful and balanced salsa.

Cranberry Jam
Cranberry Jam - December 19, 2006

A delicious cranberry jam recipe, the most riveting shade of ruby red you've ever seen. Would be perfect with toasted walnut bread and an antique gruyere cheese.

Snow-topped Holiday Cupcakes
Snow-topped Holiday Cupcakes - December 15, 2006

Knee-deep coconut flecked frosting tops over a sour cream coconut cake batter base make these a quintessential holiday cupcake recipe.

Gingerbread Man Cookies (on sticks!)
Gingerbread Man Cookies (on sticks!) - December 7, 2006

A delicious, traditional tasting, yet healthier gingerbread cookie recipe that includes white whole wheat flour, more assertive spices, and less refined sweeteners. You wont miss the traditional version. They are very cute on popsicle sticks.

Vanilla Mashed Sweet Potatoes
Vanilla Mashed Sweet Potatoes - November 8, 2006

This mashed sweet potato recipe is an all-time favorite, perfect for Thanksgiving. Plump vanilla beans, cream, orange zest, and butter are combined with sweet potatoes that have been roasted in the oven. A quick whirl in the food processor produces a smooth, creamy, subtly sweet puree haunted by the delicious vanilla and citrus undertones. The consistency is that of a thick frosting.

Thai-spiced Pumpkin Soup
Thai-spiced Pumpkin Soup - November 2, 2006

This Thai-spiced Pumpkin Soup couldn't be easier to make - roasted winter squash, coconut milk, Thai red curry paste, and sea salt come together in a pot of vibrant, rich, flavorful soup. A total crowd pleaser.

Toasted Pumpkin Seeds: Three Ways
Toasted Pumpkin Seeds: Three Ways - October 28, 2006

Don't let all those pumpkin seeds go to waste, toasting pumpkin seeds is easy! This year I tried some different flavor combinations: Sweet & Spicy Toasted Pumpkin Seeds, Black Tea & Butter Toasted Pumpkin Seeds, and Curried Toasted Pumpkin Seeds.

Mexican Wedding Cookies - Whole Grain
Mexican Wedding Cookies - Whole Grain - June 22, 2006

A good Mexican wedding cookie recipe results in a tender nutty, butter-based cookie topped with an extravagant blizzard of powdered sugar.

Valentine's Chocolate Fondue
Valentine's Chocolate Fondue - February 10, 2006

Silky, dark chocolate fondue recipe. Simple with just two ingredients and lots of ideas on what makes the best dunkables.

Spiced Candied Walnuts
Spiced Candied Walnuts - December 30, 2005

This candied walnut recipe was is the perfect solution to a New Years Eve hors d'oeuvres dilemma. Made with walnuts, sea salt, black pepper, cinnamon, cayenne pepper, and powdered sugar.

Peppermint Semifreddo
Peppermint Semifreddo - December 11, 2005

Served in shot glasses this peppermint semifreddo recipe makes a fluffy, dreamy, cloud-like, winter wonderland dessert.

Toasted Pecan Toffee
Toasted Pecan Toffee - December 8, 2005

My sister Heather teaches me her favorite toffee recipe. It is peppered with toasted pecans and slathered with a thin layer of chocolate on each side.

Cheesy Potato Spoon Bread
Cheesy Potato Spoon Bread - March 11, 2005

Outrageously good cheesy potato spoon bread recipe. Warm, tasty, cheesy, crusty, cayenne-kissed, oven-baked goodness. If you are a fan of comfort food - look no further.

Maya's Day of the Dead Cookies - October 26, 2004

Fun Alice Medrich Day of the Dead skull cookie recipe made from vanilla and chocolate dough.

Peppermint Bark Chocolate Chip Cookie
Peppermint Bark Chocolate Chip Cookie - December 8, 2003

A great peppermint bark cookie recipe using one of my favorite cookie doughs and peppered with a generous amount of chopped peppermint bark.