Atole is a beverage with ancient Aztec roots, often served as part of the Day of the Dead festivities and as a remedy for having taken a chill. With a kick of spice, a nourishing base of grain, and a soothing milkiness from dairy or coconut milk, atole is comfort food you can drink.
One-Bottle Cocktail: Olivia Flip
This remarkable drink draws out the floral, peppery character of aged tequila by pairing the spirit with a little good olive oil. While the drink also includes a whole egg, which helps the flavorful oil to emulsify properly, this is nothing like heavy eggnog. It’s light and subtle on the palate.
Bratwurst with Sauerkraut and Smashed Potatoes
Serve the bratwurst with high-quality mustard, and substitute parsnips for the potatoes if your family prefers something sweeter. When preparing the potatoes, don’t use a potato masher or the results will be too smooth. (We just love potatoes that are smashed!)
Aioli has popped up on restaurant menus everywhere. It’s irresistible, but if you want to make it the traditional Provençal way, you must use a mortar and pestle and include egg yolks. This widely divergent recipe skirts those items. Instead it’s a simple sauce that brings together two indulgent favorites of mine: cream and tahini.
Pulled Pork Sliders
There are not a lot of fair foods that can actually work for a family dinner, but these pulled pork sliders are can. They’re made in a slow cooker, so there’s a built-in ease. Anyone can make these.
Amanda Glover’s Chocolate Merlot Cake
Have your glass of merlot and eat it too. . .in a gorgeous, rich chocolate cake. This one by CT baker Amanda Glover is our new favorite chocolate cake.