This is a slow-cooker adaptation of Marcella Hazan’s famous 3-ingredient marinara sauce. The butter makes the sauce plush. Good-quality canned tomatoes are a useful pantry staple year-round but especially in winter when fresh tomatoes seem a lifetime away.
Sticky toffee pudding is a rich British dessert that’s basically an exceptionally moist date cake with caramel sauce poured over the top. Steaming in the slow cooker is an absolutely foolproof way to make it. The maple syrup in the easy caramel sauce is an unorthodox American addition—but maple goes so well with dates.
The yogurt and assertive spice combination give the cauliflower an enormous depth of flavor and a really rich texture. For a complete meal, serve this with white or brown rice, quinoa, or warm flatbread and a platter of sliced cucumbers that you’ve drizzled with lemon juice and sprinkled with salt.
Local mushrooms are all over the place, so now’s the time to make a simple creamy pan sauce for pasta with lots of grated cheese. Consider it your weeknight dinner, elevated.
This is Connecticut author John E. Finn’s favorite omelet (and it’s dessert!). He says he likes it more than he likes his wife, his kids, and almost as much as he likes his dog. We hope he’s kidding! Fun fact: this boozy omelet is one of the oldest of dessert omelets, simple to make and spectacular to serve.