There's nothing more comforting (or impressive) on a cold winter night than a hot gratin from the oven. Here are four easy vegetable sides, a cheesy baked dip, and our favorite French onion soup -- gratinée, of course.
Most of the ingredients I chose to use in these dishes are from sustainable sources, using plant foods that are in season, like squashes and roots, as well as traditional winter flavors and spices such as apple cider and star anise.
Cooking can be much more than merely completing an onerous task. It can offer moments of fulfillment, glimpses of deeper meaning, a connection to old, even ancient traditions. To me, that seems like a pretty good return for a bit more effort.
What do you serve 2,000 celebrants with sophisticated palates -- without a real kitchen, within a short window of time -- when hundreds of guests arrive all at one time? Welcome to our world, where expectations run high and every game is an away game.
Just as candles are an integral part of celebrating Advent, so are pepparkakor. Gingerbread cookies are the staple of Swedish Advent coffee gatherings and celebrations and the must-have baked good of the season.
We always make sure to spatchcock our capons on the plancha while we make salmagundi on the side. Don't know what any of that means? Then you're in luck, because we're here to help you bone up on your kitchen vocabulary.