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New Year's Eve

  • Recipe

    Red-Wine Poached Pears with Chocolate Sauce

    This recipe is great on its own but can also be served with a dollop of whipped cream or a scoop of vanilla ice cream. You may have leftover chocolate-wine…

  • Recipe

    Oysters with Blood-Orange Mignonette and Tajín

    Classic oysters on the half shell are given an update here,  bathed in a mignonette flavored with blood orange and then sprinkled with zingy Tajín. You can ask your seafood…

  • Recipe

    Good Fortune Cocktail

    The heat of the fresh ginger in this grown-up Jack and Ginger cocktail is just the right amount of spice. For a dinner party, you can scale up and batch…

  • Menu

    A Tres Chic Cocktail Party

    An effortless French cocktail party menu that’s guaranteed to make your guests proclaim c’est magnifique

  • Caramelized Onion Dip
    Recipe

    Caramelized Onion and Mushroom Dip

    The combination of deeply caramelized onions and mushrooms is a one-two punch of savory flavor. Use fino sherry to deglaze the pan, and then make a Not Not Martini with…

  • Lardon Fig Twists
    Recipe

    Lardon-Fig Twists

    These twisty, cheesy, savory-sweet, buttery puff-pastry twists go fast. Bake off half for round one, let people fill up on other things for a bit, then bake off the second…

  • Not Martini
    Recipe

    Not Not Martini

    This takes the classic gin martini—gin, vermouth, extra olives—out of its unwieldy and aesthetically deficient glass, sets it over ice, and adds fino sherry and orange liqueur. The final drink…

  • Seedy Herbed Walnuts
    Recipe

    Seedy Herbed Walnuts

    Nuts are no stranger to a cocktail party, but that’s no reason to exclude them. This lightly sweet but mostly savory take combines walnuts, maple, orange, sesame, poppy, dill, and…

  • Eggs Cornichon
    Recipe

    Eggs Cornichon

    The classic French dish Eggs Mayonnaise is just that: eggs with a swipe of mayonnaise. Think of this recipe as tweaking the famous dictum of Coco Chanel: Instead of taking…

  • Olives and salami
    Recipe

    Marinated Olives and Salami

    If you're going to make only one hors d'oeuvre for your cocktail party, make it this one. The warm, salty olives and salami slices paired with crusty bread are the…

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