Pommes Anna al Tartufo a.k.a. Truffle Pommes Anna

Serves 4-6 This is our interpretation of the French classic Pommes Anna. We kicked it up a notch with the addition of truffle Pecorino for an elegant cheesy twist. Named after a mid-19th-century Parisian beauty, this crispy, buttery potato cake with a creamy center is special occasion fare. It’s a marvel still, every time we…

Truffle-infused French Onion Soup

Serves 8-10 Few soups get people as misty-eyed as French onion. Literally and figuratively speaking, for some. Sure, at times I count myself among the many who cry while slicing pounds and pounds of onions. Despite the waterworks, it’s hard to resist the result: a rich, fragrant, deeply colored pot of comfort. The best renditions…

Vee's Loaded Oatmeal Cookies with a Brown Butter Glaze

The name says it all, an old fashion favorite comfort cookie loaded with brown sugar, pecans, golden raisins, currants and a combination of spices. My favorite is the cardamom. I’ve always been reluctant to use shortening but with no real valid reason so after much research and testing I decided to include it in this…

Butter-Toffee Crunch Shortbread

Shortbread has beneficial effects on the soul. The warm glow it gives is better than alcohol…” – LUCY ELLMAN Perhaps the most decadent cookie I have ever had. Awfully impressive, and dead easy, this is just a good basic brown sugar Scottish shortbread recipe, enhanced with butterscotch and toffee bits. As with any shortbread, the…

Chocolate-Caramel Pecan Sandies a.k.a Shortbread Cookies

Lovers of pecan sandies a.k.a. pecan shortbread cookies will love and adore these crisp, buttery treats that are a cinch to put together. One of the ultimate holiday treats which always makes for beautiful delicious packaged holiday gifts. Sandwiched between 2 of these buttery treats is a dollop of chocolate-caramel or, if you prefer you…