Main Dish · Special Occasion

Beef Tenderloin Roast With Cracked Pepper

This elegant yet simple dish from The New Basics cookbook (1989) has become the traditional star of our Christmas dinner. If there’s one thing our family agrees on, it’s beef. This roast is really easy to prepare and can be assembled several hours ahead of time. The seasonings complement the meat perfectly, neither overpowering nor… Continue reading Beef Tenderloin Roast With Cracked Pepper

Sides · Vegetables

Green Beans With Frizzled Shallots

This bean recipe has it all: It’s delicious, beautiful, and fun to make. It struck me recently just how long I’ve been making this dish for holiday dinners. I remember exactly where I was when I found the recipe. I was in the waiting room at my physical therapist’s office, early for my appointment (as usual),… Continue reading Green Beans With Frizzled Shallots

Cookies · Desserts

Butter Cookies

One of my favorite family traditions around the holiday season is decorating these rich, buttery cookies. Participation is mandatory from a very young age, whether you were born into the family or joined later. We’d have different colors of frosting, all sorts of sprinkles, colored sugar, cinnamon candies, and silvers. That’s what we called the silver-colored… Continue reading Butter Cookies