Category Archives: Holiday

Pork Shoulder

  1 teaspoon fennel seeds 1 teaspoon whole black peppercorns 1/4 cup kosher salt 1/4 cup sugar 1 7–8-lb. skinless bone-in pork shoulder (Boston butt or picnic) 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar 1/4 cup (packed) light brown sugar Salt and … Continue reading

Posted in entrees, Holiday | Leave a comment

Let’s Talk Stock

  Those of you who read my recipe blog know that I don’t write much about technique. As a matter of fact, I typically assume you already know how to cook when I publish my recipes, and often just lay … Continue reading

Posted in Holiday, soup, technique, vegetables | 2 Comments

Green Bean Not-Casserole

  I like green beans with a holiday meal, but that “classic” way of dumping canned green beans and cream of mushroom soup into a casserole dish doesn’t cut it. This is what I came up with instead. Fried Shallots … Continue reading

Posted in Holiday, vegetables | Tagged | Leave a comment

Pear and Chocolate Crostata

from Epicurious Crust: 2 cups all purpose flour 1 teaspoon coarse kosher salt 3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) chilled unsalted butter, cut into 1/2-inch cubes 3 tablespoons (or more) ice water 2 tablespoons chilled whipping cream Blend flour and salt … Continue reading

Posted in baked goods, Brunch, dessert, Holiday | 1 Comment

Quiche Lorraine

This recipe was first seen several years ago in Cook’s Illustrated. It’s the very best quiche out there, making a pie that’s smooth and custardy. Make it with whatever filling you like—nearly anything will work, though I think some type … Continue reading

Posted in baked goods, Brunch, Holiday, Potluck | Tagged , | Leave a comment

Those Damn* Pecan Ball Cookies

More from the family recipe box. For those not in the know, Nana is my mother’s mom, Alice Jean. AJ/Nana DID participate in the Domestic Arts, but at least in MY lifetime, it always seemed to be somewhat…how can I … Continue reading

Posted in cookies, Holiday | Leave a comment

Rum Balls

Another top-secret recipe from the family arsenal. Good thing no one really reads this blog or everything would be ruined that is good about the world. Anyway, if you are one of my four readers, enjoy these. 1 small box … Continue reading

Posted in cookies, Holiday | Leave a comment

Hot buttered rum batter

This is the standard family recipe. I am very big on garam masala these days, so I might try subbing that for the cinnamon this year. Use a garam masala that doesn’t have any coriander in it, for the obvious … Continue reading

Posted in beverages, Holiday | Leave a comment

Onions Parmesean

This became an instant holiday classic the first time my mom added it to the Thanksgiving rotation. If you need to do anything in advance, sweat the onions. The final dish can get soupy if made in advance. 4 c … Continue reading

Posted in casserole, Holiday, vegetables | 2 Comments