New Year's Eve Dinner Party
Green Beans with Toasted Walnuts and Tarragon
Boil or braise depending on the beans' age and toughness.
Dark Chocolate Mousse
Rich, frosting-like mousse is utterly delicious--for about two spoonfuls. Yet light and silky versions often lack decent chocolate flavor. Could we have the best of both worlds?
Garlic-Roasted Leg of Lamb
Few roasts make as grand an entrance as roasted leg of lamb, but its charms quickly fade upon carving. We wanted the gristle (and gaminess) gone before we entered the dining room.
Arugula Salad with Oranges, Feta, and Sugared Pistachios
A surprise ingredient guarantees salads that are lively but not harsh.
Airy, elegant French cheese puffs, known as gougères, deliver toasty flavor within delicately crisp shells. Bonus: Ours are a cinch to make.
Make-Ahead Mashed Potato Casserole
Just right for a festive, holiday side dish but also rich enough to serve as a main dish.