Posts tagged thanksgiving
Sweet Potato Soufflé

Don't worry about this soufflé falling. It is quite sturdy and wonderful regardless of the height. For Thanksgiving this soufflé is a festive riff on traditional sweet potato side dishes that is all the more impressive when served in individual soufflé ramekins, or the STAUB MINI ROUND BLACK MATTE COCOTTE .25 QT. Any bewitching dark Caribbean rum with a combination of clove, espresso, butterscotch, spiced and/or orange enhances the depth of flavor of the sweet potatoes.  Beware--the smell is so divine that holes may appear where spoons have dug in before the pot even makes it to the table.

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Rustic Pear Tart

Pears are gorgeous out of hand eating fruit. If you just can't wait until the fruit is ripe, however, slightly hard pears are perfect for tarts. A bit of sugar and butter is all you need to coax them to perfection. The crispy crunch of the crust paired with the smooth velvet texture of the baked pears is divine. 

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Pumpkin Spice Tart with Maple Whipped Cream

Chemists and anthropologic scientists study the American obsession with pumpkin spice. It turns out that there is a complex physiological and emotional response to certain smells and tastes that takes both branches of science to fully comprehend. First, the science behind aroma explains the important relationship between food and taste. Second, nostalgia and the association of pumpkin pie with America's beloved Thanksgiving traditions help clarify the emotional response to the complex sweet savory combination of roasted squash, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, ginger, and allspice.

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