Cacao nibs move these Exquisite Dark Chocolate Shortbread cookies so far to the dark side that there’s no hope of redemption. One of the most perfect recipes I’ve ever followed.
This recipe produces the Polish kolachy that grandma made back in the day: cream cheese pastry dough with jam, jelly, or preserves (or maybe nuts) for filling, sprinkled with powdered sugar. It’s thought of as a Christmas cookie, but it’s really more of a two-bite pastry. I’ll show you how to do it.
I made a Black Forest Buche de Noël, and it wasn’t all that hard! Granted, the only decorations were merengue mushrooms. But a chocolate-frosted, cocoa cake filled with cherries and cream doesn’t need a lot of dressing up.
Sicilian Fig Cookies are an old-school Christmas tradition at my house. Rolled-out crescents of flaky dough with a rich fig filling. Freeze well. Fantastic recipe.
Christmas Menu for Six: feta-stuffed French bread, coffee-encrusted pork roast, hasselback potato gratin, carrots with whiskey and ginger, caramelized Brussels sprouts, raspberries and cheese, black forest buche de noel
How to Make Homemade Flour Tortillas: a flexible, recipe that steps you through traditional (water and shortening) to deluxe (milk and bacon fat). Rated E-I for Easy-Ish (requires brief rolling pin use).
This is a recipe, or more of a how-to, for Old-Fashioned Hash from leftover ingredients that include pork roast, cheese, potatoes, and a host of vegetables. It’s topped with sunny-side-up eggs. It’s a wonderful breakfast that stems from one of Julia Child’s cookbooks.
Classic Lemon Buttercream Frosting gets its smooth, citrusy tang from both lemon juice and lemon extract. It’s a French buttercream, which means its sweetened with a hot syrup that’s beaten into egg yolks, and then blended with butter. Easy-ish recipe (“-ish” because it requires a candy thermometer, and I know that scares some people).