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  • Lardon Fig Twists
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    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…

  • 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
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    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…

  • Ranch Crudite
    Recipe

    Le Grand Ranch

    Le grand aïoli is a classic French Provençal dish that’s basically garlicky aïoli surrounded by colorful, assorted crudités. This recipe subs in a heavy-on-the-herbs but still garlicky mayo-based dip that’s…

  • herb-crusted prime rib
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    Herb and Sea-Salt Crusted Prime Rib

    This recipe takes inspiration from porchetta. A garlic-and-herb rub is inserted into incisions in the meat, followed by a flaky-salt-and-herb crust bonded with whipped egg white. Reverse-searing is ideal for…

  • parmesan pepper-crusted beef tenderloin
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    Parmesan-Pepper Crusted Beef Tenderloin

    This roast’s crust is inspired by the Italian Parmesan crisps called frico. I’ve added just the right amount of black pepper to provide a little kick without obliterating any of…

  • Citrus-Crusted Pork Roast
    Recipe

    Citrus-Crusted Pork Rib Roast

    A bone-in roast looks more impressive than a standard pork loin; the meat is marbled (just like prime rib) and is exceedingly tender. This crust is inspired by mostarda, so…

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    Pressure-Cooker Chicken Cacciatore

    An electric pressure cooker makes this braised chicken dish a meal you can turn to on a busy midweek evening. The meat is fall-off-the-bone delicious, and the sauce bursts with…

  • Recipe

    Pasta with Wild Mushroom Ragù

    A simple satisfying pasta, this dish hits all the right notes on a cold winter evening. Serve with crusty bread or a side salad, if you like.

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