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December/January 2016

Brussels Sprouts with Lemon and Thyme

Who would expect that such a simple recipe with just a handful of ingredients could be so tasty? For a fancier, more formal version of this recipe, see Brussels Sprouts…

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  • Book Review: Zahav: A World of Israeli Cooking

    Zahav: A World of Israeli Cooking By Michael Solomonov and Steven Cook (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt; $35) I’m obsessed with Middle Eastern flavors, so the Philadelphia restaurant Zahav has been on…

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  • Great Finds: Viking Oval Covered Roaster

    If you're going to invest in a top-of-the-line roasting pan, all the better if it's a multitasker. This covered roaster can handle our holiday roasts and sides. The lid doubles…

  • Brussels Sprouts with Crème Fraîche and Pistachios

    Separating Brussels sprouts into individual leaves is more time-consuming than simply cutting them in half, but the super-tender texture that results is worth it. Fortunately, you can do the work…

  • Butternut Squash with Kale and Dried Cranberries

    A mixture of allspice, coriander, and paprika adds tingly warmth to sweet roasted butternut squash. Earthy kale and tart dried cranberries contribute complementary flavors as well as festive holiday colors.…

  • Butternut Squash with Kale, Cranberries, Hazelnuts, and Candied Bacon

    If bacon makes everything better, then candied bacon makes it better still. Lemon juice plus toasty hazelnuts help to balance the sweetness of the bacon and the squash. For a…

  • Basic Stovetop Popcorn

    Dress this plain popcorn with butter and sea salt, or use it as the base for whatever kind of flavored popcorn you can dream up.

  • Broiled Flank Steak and Scallions

    If you like beef negimaki, the classic Japanese appetizer of strips of teriyaki-flavored beef rolled around scallions, you’ll love this. It delivers the same great flavor, but as a much-easier-to-make…

  • Bulgur with Mushrooms and Cashews

  • Dim Sum Shrimp and Pork Meatballs with Sesame-Ginger Sauce

    These meatballs echo the juicy filling in dim sum dumplings. Fattier ground pork will make for more tender meatballs, so ask your butcher to grind it fresh from the shoulder.…

  • Dark Chocolate and Coconut Popcorn

    Popcorn as dessert? Why not, when it’s streaked with dark chocolate melted by the heat of the just-popped popcorn and tossed with sweetened coconut.

  • Dukkah-Spiced Popcorn

    Dukkah, also spelled duqqa, is an Egyptian nut, seed, and spice mixture used to season everything from yogurt dips to grilled meats; warm popcorn really brings out its fragrant, nutty…

  • Dukkah Spice

    A blend of nuts, seeds, and spices, the Mediterranean spice mix dukkah (dook-ah) is warm, complex, savory, and rich. Although not widely available, its components are, so it’s easy to…

  • Gremolata Popcorn

    A blend of fresh lemon zest, garlic, and parsley, gremolata is the classic topping for osso buco, but it also makes a fantastic popcorn topping. Garlic powder stands in for…

  • Lemon-Iced Ginger Biscotti

    Traditional almond biscotti get a holiday makeover here, with a triple blast of ginger—ground, crystallized, and fresh—to evoke gingerbread and brightly flavored lemon icing as a final flourish.

  • Lemongrass Chicken Meatballs in Green Curry Broth

    Spicy, tangy, and deeply savory, this dish channels my favorite things about Thai food. Using chicken for the meatballs makes them feel light and balanced with the broth.

  • Lemon Raspberry Pistachio Sweet Rolls

    Sweet raspberry jam, fragrant lemon zest, and toasty pistachios make these rolls just different enough to wake up your tastebuds on a cold winter's morning.

  • Maple-Bacon Popcorn

    As we all know, bacon makes everything better, even popcorn. For the most bacon flavor, pop the corn in the rendered bacon fat.

  • Ricciarelli

    These cookies from the almond-growing region of Siena date back to at least the 15th century. They’re melt-in-your-mouth tender, but with a nice chew. Their cracked, snowy-white tops make a…

  • Rosemary and Orange Slow-Roasted Duck

    No need to take out the thermometer for this recipe; the duck is simply roasted until falling-off-the-bone tender. If you have a convection oven, use it; the hot blowing air…

  • Red-Wine Braised Duck Legs with Dried Fruit, Capers, and Lemon

    The rich, sweet sauce created by braising the duck with dried fruit and a whole head of garlic gets brightened just before serving with a dose of capers, lemon juice,…

  • Roast Chicken with Chickpeas

    Crisp-skinned bone-in chicken thighs braise in a stew of fragrant Indian spices, onion, and chickpeas, each flavoring the other, in this simple and satisfying main course.

  • Roast Salmon with Dill Cream and Rye Crumbs

    The salmon and dill sauce are delicious, but what makes this dish truly outstanding are the toasted, seasoned rye breadcrumbs that top the fish, acting as a sort of savory…

  • Roasted Potatoes with Crispy Rosemary and Oregano

    These simple roasted potatoes are just as well-suited for a weeknight dinner as a holiday roast.

  • Sweet-and-Sour Meatballs with Pine Nuts and Currants

    Inspired by Sicilian food, these meatballs get vibrant flavor from a vinegar-based agrodolce sauce, currants, and pine nuts. Whole-wheat breadcrumbs added at the end lend a nice crunch. Serve them…

  • Swedish Meatballs with Cranberry Relish

    This version of the iconic Swedish dish incorporates milk-soaked bread to make the meatballs super tender. The traditional accompaniment, lingonberry jam, is tough to find in the U.S., so a…

  • Smoky Spanish Albondigas Soup

    This is a lighter Spanish version of spaghetti and meatballs. Manchego and smoked paprika add depth of flavor while saffron dresses up the tomatoey broth.

  • Seared Cod with Black Garlic Sauce

    Tomatoes make a tangy contrast to the sweet, umami-rich black garlic sauce and delicate, buttery cod. Serve with sautéed vegetables, such as bok choy.

  • Sear-Roasted Duck Breasts with Grapefruit-Balsamic Sauce

    Seared duck breast, cooked to rare or medium rare, satisfies like steak. The rich, refined sauce, which is so good you’ll want to lick it off the plate, can be…

  • Super Simple Cucumber Salad

    This salad is excellent served grilled kebabs or lamb, or with the roasted salmon with dill cream.

  • Salted Caramel Banana Sweet Rolls

    In these decadent sweet rolls, mashed banana is spread over the dough with the pecan-cinnamon-brown sugar filling. A dulce de leche glaze takes the tropical inspiration over the top.

  • Coffee Hazelnut Chifferi

    These buttery, delicate crescents from the Italian Alps are similar to cookies from Germany and Austria. In fact, this recipe is inspired by one given to my mother by a…

  • Carrots, Green Beans, and Pearl Onions with Chardonnay Sauce

    Thanks to a buttery white-wine reduction that underscores the vegetables’ natural sweetness, this dish tastes richer than it looks.

  • Carrots, Green Beans, and Pearl Onions with Chardonnay Sauce and Truffled Breadcrumbs

    Toasty breadcrumbs add a contrasting crunch to a simple vegetable dish, while a bit of truffle oil creates a beguiling aroma that’s difficult to resist. For a simpler, more casual…

  • Chocolate Cognac Truffles

    Truffles always feel like a special treat, but these are straight-up lavish. Cognac gives them intriguing notes of spice and wood, plus the spirit’s signature warming flavor.

  • Chinese Five-Spice Popcorn

    For something so simple, this packs a huge flavor punch, thanks to the heady aroma of five-spice powder. Though good with store-bought five-spice powder, it’s even better with a homemade…

  • Cinnamon Toast Popcorn

    Tossed with toasty brown butter and cinnamon sugar, this popcorn is slightly sweet and super delicious. Adding milk powder to the melting butter creates brown bits for even more flavor.

  • Cinnamon Rolls with Currants and Pecans

    Tiny dried currants and a sprinkle of crunchy pecans give these classic cinnamon rolls a little upgrade.

  • Cherry Chocolate Sweet Rolls

    Perfect for a Valentine's Day breakfast, these rolls combine tart dried cherries, toasty hazelnuts, and rich, dark chocolate.

  • Calcionelli (Honey-Nut-Citrus Turnovers)

    These fried pockets of almonds and honey are traditionally made with Punch Abruzzo—a sweet liqueur made from caramelized sugar and the zest of lemons and oranges—but Cointreau, Grand Marnier, or…

  • Apricot Almond Cardamom Sweet Rolls

    A layer of apricot preserves in the filling of these rolls adds a sweet-tart note, while almonds lend crunch.

  • Apple Caraway Sweet Rolls

    Caraway may seem like a surprising ingredient in old-fashioned sweet rolls, but it pairs perfectly with the apple butter filling, lending the rolls a vaguely Nordic flavor profile.

  • Pistachio Amaretti

    These cookies are crisp on the outside, chewy on the inside, and a subtle shade of green all over. Pistachios are grown in Sicily, so it’s traditional for Sicilians to…

  • Potato, Fennel, and Leek Gratin

    Aromatic fennel and leeks add depth of flavor to a classic potato gratin, but it’s the cheesy topping that will have you going back for seconds. For a fancier, more…

  • Potato, Fennel, and Leek Gratin with Prosciutto and Chestnuts

    As if a creamy gratin on its own weren’t rich enough, this version, studded with chestnuts and layered with crisp prosciutto, pulls out all the stops and might make you…

  • Pepperoni Pizza Popcorn

    Guaranteed to please kids and adults alike. For best flavor, be sure the cheese is very finely grated—a rasp-style grater works best—so that it’s distributed well.

  • Penne with Ricotta, Caramelized Onion, and Radicchio

    Sweet caramelized onion and creamy cheese tame radicchio’s bitter nature in this wintertime pasta. Fried capers add a crisp jolt of brightness to just about every bite.

  • Quick Pasta e Fagioli

    This version of the classic Italian bean-and-pasta soup features butter beans (giant lima beans). The meaty yet silky texture of the beans contrasts nicely with the chewy ditalini pasta. Serve…

  • Pear Ginger Hazelnut Sweet Rolls

    Pear butter and chopped candied ginger make these sweet rolls a perfect wakeup for Christmas morning.

  • Truffle & Parmesan Popcorn

    It’s almost impossible to resist the scent of truffle. Bring out a bowl of this at a party, and watch your guests come running.

  • Turkey Sausage and Mushroom Baguette Pizza

    An homage to frozen French-bread pizza, but so much tastier. You can substitute pork sausage for the turkey, if you like.

  • Togarashi Popcorn with Dry-Roasted Edamame

    Mildly hot, with notes of citrus and pepper, togarashi is a Japanese spice powder often used to flavor noodles. Here, it adds a tingly heat to the popcorn. And if…

  • Herb-Roasted Rack of Pork with Morel Cream Sauce

    This roast gets much of its flavor from an aromatic paste of garlic, herbs, and fennel, so be sure to rub the meat with the paste a day ahead to…

  • Duck!

    With three easy methods for cooking this delicious bird, there’s no excuse not to

  • Roasted Rack of Pork

    Need and impressive yet easy-to-make centerpiece for your holiday feast? Look no further.

  • Pick a Side: Casual or Fancy

    Whether your holiday gathering is casual or fancy, we’ve got the side dish to suit the occasion.

  • Lemongrass-Ginger Chicken Soup with Swiss Chard

    Mirin and sesame oil add sweet, toasty notes to this tangy soup, and the greens give it a wholesome, filling feel. Rainbow chard makes it look bright.

  • Eggs Federer

    Named after Swiss tennis player Roger Federer, this play on eggs Benedict features poached eggs on toast topped with Swiss chard and Swiss cheese.

  • Creamed Swiss Chard with Saffron

    This side dish is an elegant riff on classic creamed spinach. The delicate saffron flavor pairs nicely with fish, but these greens are also delicious with steak.

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