As my family and close friends know, donuts are one of my absolute favorite foods. But not just any donuts – apple fritters. And this apple tarte tatin could take the place of an apple fritter on any day. The warm caramel bubbles through the crisp apples and into the light cake creating a deliciously warm dessert. Enjoy a slice of the tarte dusted with powdered sugar and served with a scoop of vanilla bean ice cream.
We’re hosting company over the holidays and Noni and I wanted to make a special dinner for our guests. This beef bourguinon recipe was inspired by a recipe in one of my cookbooks, however I have balanced the proportions of red wine to beef stock in order to produce a thicker sauce with less of a red wine after taste. Ribeye steak is a very flavorful, tender cut of meat, but it also has the tendency of getting tough in texture when cooked for too long. Be careful to not over-brown the steak when it first begins to cook as it will continue to cook as it stews in the sauce. The buttered parsley noodles serve as the perfect background for this flavorful entree.
My holiday cooking can finally begin now that I’m on a brief break from grad school and enjoying the beautiful snow in Colorado. And what better way to start off the holidays then with these delicious Christmas cookies! A version of this recipe can be found in most holiday cookie cookbooks, and we’ve been making them in my family for decades. Add as much green food coloring as needed to get a deep evergreen color.
This cake batter recipe is the standard recipe I use for all of my baking. It can be altered in an endless number of ways to make everything from bundt cakes to cinnamon coffee cakes to mini cupcakes. I adapted this vanilla flavored recipe from a recipe in one of my favorite cookbooks, The Cake Mix Doctor. And while the base of the batter is from a box, the added ingredients help transform routine cupcakes into stellar sweets. Swap in devil’s food cake mix for an equally as satisfying chocolate version.
These fresh spring rolls are a great “detox” from heavy holiday fare. The fresh roll recipe was inspired by my friend over at PeanutButterMilk, who introduced me to cooking with rice paper (it’s easier then you think!). This Tyler Florence peanut sauce recipe is my go-to Thai favorite. The best part is that you can use any leftover sauce in a super simple peanut noodle dish by pouring the peanut sauce over warm linguine noodles and tossing with grilled chicken and chopped peanuts. Enjoy this healthy alternative to lighten up your holiday eating!