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Ciabatta has a crisp crust, a soft porous interior and is light to the touch. The thin crusty exterior forms an ideal base to house heartier fillings such as roast beef, ham or grilled chicken breasts; and its soft interior absorbs spreads and sauces, without getting soggy—ciabatta holds up nicely under pulled pork, chicken parmesan and even hamburgers. // alexandracooks.com

Ciabatta

If you have a deep-fryer at home, recreating these classic steak frites is quite simple; if you don't, the process of frying the potatoes will just be slightly more involved. I've supplied a recipe for a spicy aioli, which is delicious with frites. It yields more than enough for two servings of frites and will keep for weeks in the refrigerator. // alexandracooks.com

Steak Frites with Aioli

Sometimes nothing satisfies like warm bread and butter. These rosemary-olive pull-apart dinner rolls release steam as they are separated and are delicious when served immediately with softened butter. // alexandracooks.com

Rosemary-Olive Dinner Rolls

In this warm spinach salad, spinach is prepared in the classic Roman style with raisins, pine nuts and sautéed apples, but the recipe could be adjusted in any number of ways. For a nice winter side dish turn your favorite spinach salad into a warm wilted salad employing this method. It's delicious. // alexandracooks.com

Barely Wilted Spinach Salad

This pumpkin panna cotta is light and not too sweet. It couldn't be easier to make and I'm happy to have found one more recipe to add to my seasonal dessert repertoire. Enjoy! // alexandracooks.com

Pumpkin Panna Cotta

I can say with certainty that I simply enjoy the taste of quince, especially in the form of jam. This quince jam is of course delicious spread on toast with a little butter, but also makes a nice substitute for raspberry jam as the filling in Linzer cookies. Enjoy! // alexandracooks.com

Quince Jam

This classic recipe for homemade butternut squash ravioli with sage brown butter sauce isn't easy, but it is delicious. If you can overcome the frustrating preliminary shaping trials, I think you will find that your hard work will more than reward you with a few delicious and elegant dinners. // alexandracooks.com

Butternut Squash Ravioli with Crispy Sage

A loaf of Jim Lahey's no-knead bread, sliced.

Jim Lahey’s Overnight, No-Knead Bread

Pumpkin Ice Cream

A sheet pan lined with chocolate covered peanut butter balls.

Chocolate Dipped Peanut Butter Balls

persimmon panini

Persimmon Panini

Homemade Quince Paste (Quince Membrillo)