Carrots and Green Beans with Chardonnay Sauce

I made this at both Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners this year.  Pretty to look at and delicious to eat — make it in stages:  the day before cut, parboil, and shock veggies; the morning of your dinner, toast the breadcrumbs;  an hour before eating, make the sauce. 5 Tbs. unsalted butter 2 cups coarse fresh […]

Carrots with Pistachio Herb Butter

Five star carrots with great flavor! These are super easy to make ahead for a big dinner.  I made the compound butter the day before, and cooked the carrots in water early Thanksgiving morning.   Right as the kitchen got crazy with all the last minute dishes having to find room in the oven, I […]

Roasted Chestnuts

Chestnuts roasting on an open fire . . . My first taste of roasted chestnuts was on Regent Street in London one Christmas.  My parents took us to see the Christmas lights and store windows, and on a corner was man roasting chestnuts in a little brazier.  They were warm and buttery and rich tasting, […]

Chestnut and Sausage Stuffing

I’ve been making this stuffing for over 20 years.   I love it — so, why is it that I only eat it once a year? Active time: 1 hr Start to finish: 1 3/4 hr 1 (1 1/4-lb) loaf country-style bread, crust discarded and bread cut into 3/4-inch cubes (8 cups) (though I still […]