Cuban cuisine is hearty, luscious, flavorful – and meant to be shared. One of the most classic Cuban recipes, vaca frita, is also one of my favorites. A close cousin of ropa vieja, it’s a vibrant dish featuring tender and crispy beef infused with garlic and island-fresh lime. Served with rice and black beans and a cold mojito, it’s the perfect taste of Cuba. ¡Buen provecho!
A traditional Dutch pastry prepared with dried fruit, Oliebollen is a typical wintertime treat and is often served during the holidays and on New Year’s Eve throughout the Netherlands. Smakelijk!
A festive holiday dessert that traces its roots to 19th-century New Orleans, this trifle crowns a holiday meal with the perfect amount of southern indulgence.
This simple, elegant recipe is a Jacques Pépin favorite and is featured in Essential Pépin Desserts. Braised pears are a delicious celebration of cold weather and make the perfect dish to share during the holiday season.
Two of my favorite vegetables are Brussels sprouts and butternut squash. This is one of my top choices for a Thanksgiving side dish, so I usually make a large bowl of this for the big feast – and not surprisingly – it’s often the first empty dish. When you roast vegetables, something magical happens… and never more than in this recipe. Plus, since I’m Irish, the colors of green and orange are on full display here!