ready in about an hour and 15 minutes; serves 10
You might need to buy:
  • heavy cream
  • garlic
  • prepared horseradish
  • white wine vinegar
  • ground white pepper
  • salt
  • Coarsely ground black pepper

These pretty little puffs are made from choux pastry, which is also used for cream puffs.

ready in about 25 minutes; serves 6
You might need to buy:
  • water
  • all-purpose flour
  • salt
  • shredded Gruy√®re cheese
  • Tbs. fresh thyme leaves
  • minced fresh rosemary leaves

Serve this dip with Quick Homemade Pita Chips (see related recipe), fresh pitas cut into wedges, or baguette slices. Also, try it spread in a sandwich wrap.

Makes about 2 cups

ready in about an hour and 10 minutes; serves 12
You might need to buy:
  • walnuts
  • fresh lemon juice from 1 large lemon
  • extra-virgin olive oil
  • mild molasses
  • table salt
  • ground cumin
  • cayenne pepper

If your kitchen is very warm, refrigerate all of the dough ingredients for 30 minutes before making the dough. If the dough ever becomes too soft and/or sticky to work with, simply return it to the refrigerator until firm; a dough scraper also comes in handy here. There should be plenty of dough to cut out and make 48 empanadas without having to reroll any dough scraps; we found the rerolled scraps of dough to be very tough. The filling can be made while the dough rests in the refrigerator.

ready in about an hour; serves 48
You might need to buy:
  • For Dough
  • sugar
  • table salt
  • ice water
  • For Filling
  • olive oil
  • tomato paste
  • ground cumin
  • ground cloves
  • cayenne pepper
  • percent lean ground chuck
  • low-sodium beef broth
  • sugar
  • Table salt and ground black pepper
ready in about an hour and 45 minutes; serves 12
You might need to buy:
  • frozen puff pastry sheets
  • Brie wheel
  • large egg yolk
  • milk