Category Archives for Holidays

Kouign-Amann

Bon Appetit began running a column this month called The Project, in which they detail how to make involved dishes, ones that require ambition, energy, thought, dishes such as cassoulet or ramen or their debut project: kouign-amann, a buttery pastry … Continue reading

17. April 2014 by Alexandra Stafford
Categories: Baking, Breakfast, Easter, Holidays | 28 comments

Lemon-Ricotta Cheesecake

Before making my mother’s lemon-ricotta cheesecake earlier this month, I hadn’t made a cheesecake in years. And I’m not sure why — it is the easiest dessert to make; it can be made a day in advance; it feeds many … Continue reading

15. April 2014 by Alexandra Stafford
Categories: Baking, Cakes, Cheese, Desserts, Easter, Holidays | 33 comments

Skirt or Flap Steak with Shallots | Also, Chocolate Bread

You know how sometimes a day — a year — can rip by in an instant? But somehow the ten minutes while the steak is resting feel interminable? Without gainful employment, that steak will draw you in, those crispy bits … Continue reading

12. February 2014 by Alexandra Stafford
Categories: Eating Locally, Entrees, Grass-fed Meat, Holidays, Meat, Sauces, dressings, jams & spreads, Valentine's Day | 23 comments

Valentine’s Day

Just a quick hello today. With Valentine’s Day quickly approaching, I thought I’d check in in case you are menu planning or perhaps needing a card?

09. February 2014 by Alexandra Stafford
Categories: Holidays, Valentine's Day | 3 comments

Mollie Katzen’s Chocolate Eclipse

So you probably have your Super Bowl menu all lined up. Chips and dips, sliders and smokies — your bases are covered. But have you thought about dessert? No? Phew. Because I’ve got just the thing: Mollie Katzen’s Chocolate Eclipse, … Continue reading

31. January 2014 by Alexandra Stafford
Categories: Baking, Cakes, Desserts, Holidays, Vegetarian | 40 comments

Cheaters’ Duck Confit

On January 23rd, 2006, two cases of duck legs arrived to the restaurant, and per the day’s to-do list, I threw them into hotel pans, covered them with a layer of kosher salt, then headed to the walk-in to find … Continue reading

19. December 2013 by Alexandra Stafford
Categories: Entrees, Holidays, Meat | 31 comments

Cinnamon Rolls with Pearl Sugar

There was no need to fiddle with a recipe that needed no fiddling. I have made Molly Wizenberg’s irresistibly soft and sticky cinnamon rolls countless times always to rave reviews. But when I received a note from a friend over … Continue reading

13. December 2013 by Alexandra Stafford
Categories: Baking, Breakfast, Holidays | 34 comments

A Few Gift Ideas

1. Something homemade: Toasted Muesli Since discovering toasted muesli this past summer, I can’t get enough of it — seriously, we make double batches of it twice a week. Its virtues are countless — healthy, whole grain, full of fiber, … Continue reading

06. December 2013 by Alexandra Stafford
Categories: Baking, Bread, craft, Gifts, Holidays, Pizza | 77 comments

Tiramisu — Guest Post on Cup of Jo

Friends, hello! It has been ages. I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving. We had a ball at my sister’s — ate too many potatoes, drank too much punch, only wished we had made two pumpkin pies.

04. December 2013 by Alexandra Stafford
Categories: Baking, Desserts, Holidays | 8 comments

Thyme Dinner Rolls

I know that some of you might be thinking there is no possible way you have time to add one more item, let alone homemade dinner rolls, to your Thanksgiving Day timetable, but I’m here on this snowy November morning … Continue reading

26. November 2013 by Alexandra Stafford
Categories: Baking, Bread, Holidays, Thanksgiving | 51 comments

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