Barbecued Beef Brisket

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Beef brisket is a tough cut that lends itself to slowly smoking on the barbecue. This beef brisket recipe is the ultimate slow food, but it's well worth the effort.

Blood Orange Granita

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A granita is a light, simple, refreshing iced treat that doesn’t require an ice cream maker. Stirring the mixture periodically as it freezes gives the granita its characteristic fluffy, granular texture. Blood oranges are in season right now; they have a wonderful ruby flesh and pleasant sweet-tart juice. You can substitute regular fresh orange juice or tangerine juice. This three-ingredient dessert has an added benefit: One serving provides more than 100 percent of your vitamin C needs for the day.

Manchego and Nutmeg Gougeres

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Gougeres are the classic nibble with Champagne. Here, we give them a Spanish spin with manchego cheese . . . try them with a glass of cava.

Endive Spears with Roquefort Mousse and Walnuts

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These little spears are crowd pleasers. The cheese mixture keeps for up to five days, so you can prep everything ahead of time and then pipe just before people come to the door.

Prime Rib of Beef Au Jus

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Nothing is more impressive on a holiday table than a roast prime rib of beef. Ask your butcher to prepare a 12-pound prime rib roast, with the fat cap left on and bones left in.

Revelationary Duck Confit

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A simple technique allowing the duck legs to cook in their own juices yields a succulent duck confit that's lower in fat that traditional versions.

Persimmon & Pomegranate Salad with Pecan-Coated Goat Cheese

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This colorful fall salad pairs two fall treasures: the persimmon and the pomegranate.

Ruby-Studded Meringue Buttons

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These little meringue buttons studded with cranberry and cherry "rubies" and slivered almonds are light as air. They make gorgeous gifts, and are great as little nibbles amidst the rich fare of the holidays.

Pumpkin Spice Oatmeal with Toasted Pecans

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This breakfast is downright decadent; like a pumpkin pie in a bowl. Don't let its sumptuousness rob you of pleasure though, this dish is super-healthy too. It's loaded with fiber from the pumpkin and whole grain goodness from the oats.

Sweet Potato-Kale Bread Pudding

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You can bake these little bread pudding muffins a few days ahead; cool and refrigerate. Reheat them in a low oven while the turkey rests. You also can cook this in a 2-quart baking dish instead of a muffin pan, if you prefer.