Applesauce-Apple Pie

MAKES 1 (9-INCH) PIE The best apple pies are sweet and juicy. You have to add thickeners to apple pie filling or once it’s cut the juices soak through the…

Goat Cheesecake with Blueberry-Gin Compote

MAKES 2 (9-INCH) CHEESECAKES Cherry Glen Farm in Boyds, Maryland, is the place where I fell in love with goat cheese. They make some of the best cheeses that I’ve…

Ginger-Parsnip Cake

MAKES 1 (9-INCH) LAYER CAKE Parsnips are an often overlooked vegetable. People just don’t seem to find them as interesting as carrots, but this is a mistake. Parsnips may not…

Red Velvet Cake with Cream Cheese Semifreddo

MAKES 1 (10-INCH) BUNDT CAKE Any celebration with my wife Jennifer’s family has to have red velvet cake. It’s just not a party without one. I always feel the need…

Moist Chocolate Bundt with Orange Glaze

MAKES 1 (10-INCH) BUNDT CAKE Don’t tell my kids, but one of my guilty pleasures is eating chocolate cake with a glass of orange juice for breakfast. I love the…

Chili with the Fixings

SERVES 12 Chili is the classic Super Bowl dish. No game party would be complete without it. I make mine with a blend of ground venison and beef. I also…

Onion Rings with Bacon-Horseradish Dip

SERVES 8 Battered onion rings are too soggy and floured onion rings are too dry. I use a three-step breading technique here: flour, batter, and then a coating of cornflake…

Pesto-and-Mozzarella-Stuffed Dinner Rolls

Let’s be honest, these will disappear from your table faster than crescent rolls out of the tube. Piping hot mozzarella cheese and fresh pesto ooze out of each roll from…

Sweet Potato and Chickpea Fries with Thousand Island Dressing

SERVES 6 TO 8 This recipe is a twist within a twist. I’ve taken panisses, classic chickpea cakes that resemble French fries, and added roasted sweet potatoes to the base.…

Deviled Ham with Eggs

MAKES 48 DEVILED EGGS I prepare these in the morning, store the filling in a pastry bag or plastic bag, and pipe them out just before kickoff. They are one…

Pimento Cheese Hush Puppies

SERVES 8 TO 12 Here I’ve married two staples of Southern cuisine, hush puppies and jalapeño poppers. Poppers are one of those appetizers that usually promises more than it delivers.…

Potpie Fritters

SERVES 12 TO 16 I wanted to create chicken potpie in one bite. You break through the fine, crispy crust to release the creamy chicken and vegetables inside. The secret…