Autumn Leaves on America's Table

Autumn Leaves

This recipe is a case of the tail wagging the dog. Last summer I bought two porcelain leaf dishes at Simon Pearce in Vermont, with the intent to use them somehow or other this fall. Now the season is upon us and I haven’t found a good way to show them off, but it occurs to me that it’s time again for a cocktail snack. I took myself off to the grocery and bought purple potatoes, small green zucchini, and […]


Cheesecake Bars

If you have a crowd to cook for on Thanksgiving, an easy buffet dessert can help keep your time in the kitchen to a manageable couple of hours. These cheesecake bars can be made a day in advance, and they are small enough to make guests feel that they are indulging, but not overdoing it. This was my Auntie Annie’s recipe, which she called Cheese Freeze. (I thought it should be renamed, since there’s nothing in it that‘s frozen.) She […]


Souffled Potatoes

If you want to do something different than the usual mashed potato side dish for Thanksgiving, a potato soufflé is an eye-catching and impressive dish. It’s very smooth and rich, because of the gruyere cheese, and though it’s spectacular presentation only lasts for a short time, the leftovers are still delicious (if not six inches high!) This has a delicate potato flavor (read: can be bland), so make sure you use enough chives, parsley, salt and pepper. Serves: 6