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Winter

A bowl of kale salad with shallot vinaigrette.

Favorite Kale Salad + Large Batch Shallot Vinaigrette

Roasted Cauliflower with Schug (Zhug) + Yogurt Sauce

Overnight, refrigerator foccacia, freshly baked and sliced.

Overnight, Refrigerator Focaccia = The Best Focaccia Bread Recipe

A board with beet-avocado tartines.

Beet and Avocado Tartine with Perfect Instant Pot Beets

quinoa flax bread sliced and toasted

Quinoa and Flax Toasting Bread

A board filled with small glasses filled with chocolate pots de creme and topped with homemade whipped cream.

Chocolate Pots de Crème — Stovetop Method (No Water Bath)

A cheese board filled with homemade three-seed crackers, cheese, candied pepitas, fruit, and quince paste.

Three-Seed Crackers (Raincoast Crisps Copycat Recipe)

Endive boats with pear, blue cheese, candied pepitas, chives and citrus vinaigrette.

Endive Boats with Pear, Blue Cheese, & Shallot Vinaigrette

A pan of roast chicken and shallots.

One-Pan Roast Chicken and Shallots

Kimchi fried rice in a bowl.

Vegan Kimchi Fried Rice

perfect instant pot soft boiled eggs

Perfect Instant Pot Soft-Boiled Eggs

A bowl of perfectly cooked and seasoned Instant Pot brown rice.

Perfectly Cooked & Seasoned Instant Pot Brown Rice

A bowl of roasted carrots with honey and almonds.

Twice-Roasted Carrots with Honey and Almonds

Crispy Tofu and Broccoli with Sesame-Peanut Pesto

A bowl of roasted broccoli with lemon, garlic and parmesan.

Ina Garten’s Roasted Broccoli with Garlic, Lemon and Parmesan

A friend emailed me recently asking if I had any ideas for locally made, last-minute food gifts, so I put together a little list. // alexandracooks.com

Favorite Local Spots For Last-Minute Gifts (Schenectady, Niskayuna, Clifton Park, Saratoga)

bread with dukkah

Homemade Nut-Free Dukkah

My cookbook, Bread Toast Crumbs, was published last April. In June, illustrator Steph Becker designed toast bookplates and toaster notecards. If you're still in need of a gift this holiday season, it's not too late to order a copy of Bread Toast Crumbs and include with it a toaster notecard with an inscribed toast bookplate! // alexandracooks.com

The 54-Cent Gift to Give All Season

In less than 10 minutes, this radicchio pasta enters the pan, the silky sauce enveloping it along with the walnuts, parsley, and orange zest. Lots of fresh cracked pepper and shavings of Pecorino at the table completed the dish. // alexandracooks.com

Pasta with Radicchio, Gorgonzola and Walnuts

Friends, roasting polenta in the oven is a game changer — it frees up your cooktop and, more important, YOU. While the polenta bubbles away in the oven, you can sauté greens or poach eggs or steam broccoli or take a bath give the kids a bath, etc. No need to worry if the polenta is sticking to the pot, running out of liquid—in the oven it cooks slowly and evenly. It's the easiest thing in the world, and this time of year, I could eat it with everything // alexandracooks.com

Oven-Baked Polenta (A Miracle) with Poached Eggs

An overhead shot of a slice of no corn syrup bourbon pecan pie on a plate.

No Corn Syrup Bourbon Pecan Pie with Foolproof Pie Dough

An overhead shot of a 9x13-inch pan filled with just-baked stuffing.

Thanksgiving 2017

An overhead shot of a jar filled with no-cook cranberry sauce.

Easy No-Cook Cranberry Sauce

A jar of candied pumpkin seeds.

Sweet and Salty, Addictive Candied Pepitas