Friday, December 30, 2011

Cider Glazed Pork Chops

Pork chops make for a quick weeknight dinner and with this cider glaze, it'll be a dinner your kids will ask for again and again.  My six year-old, a confirmed non-meat eater, loves it when I serve him pork with this glaze.  I rest my case.

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Sacre Torte Cookies



My friend, Kristen Klaus, gave me this recipe years ago.  It was the holiday season and I remember making these cookies with her in her apartment in Menlo Park.  I don't know if she still makes them, but I do--almost every Christmas!  They're that kind of cookie.  And the chocolate and raspberry flavors are very festive.  The preparation is simple enough that now my children can make them on their own.

Monday, December 19, 2011

Cranberry Clafouti


Clafouti is a custardy French fruit dessert.  And it's simple to make.

Traditionally made with plums, this one is a nice variation for autumn.  Sprinkle it liberally with confectioner's sugar (to counteract the tartness of the berries) and serve it with sweetened whipped cream or vanilla ice cream.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Wild Mushrooms



I found this recipe in the newspaper and have now made it several times.  If you are ambivalent about Brussels sprouts, this might change your mind. Roasting them at a high temperature breaks down the bitter compounds and brings out the sprouts' mellower side.

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Shingled Potatoes



I found this recipe in the latest edition of Martha Stewart Living.  I thought they looked interesting and decided to give them a whirl at my next dinner party.  They were good!  Not only are these potatoes pretty on the plate, but they are a nice alternative to the plain old baked spud.