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.
Cheese-flavored pasty puffs (gougères) are a classic French appetizer. With just a few ingredients, they should be easy enough to make, right? Think again.
Make-Ahead Mashed Potato Casserole
Just right for a festive, holiday side dish but also rich enough to serve as a main dish.