A Traditional Holiday

While you may not have an open fire with chestnuts roasting (but props to you if you do), you can still celebrate the holidays with a forkful of nostalgia. Here's a menu that embraces and elevates some of the season's signature dishes.

First course:

Clink spoons against bowls of chestnut soup topped with caraway-laced crème fraîche.

Second course:

Bring on the sweet-and-savory with prosciutto-wrapped pears. A mixture of maple syrup and black peppercorn makes for a superb flavor play.

Main course:

Go big with a crown roast of pork rubbed down with fennel seed, thyme, and garlic salt. With a stuffing that has fresh fennel and dried fruit, second helpings are in order.


It's safe to say that sides are the best part of any holiday dinner. Smashed garlic potatoes with sea salt and dill easily round off plates of roast pork.


Finish up with a smooth and simple crème brûlée scented with vanilla. Because if your guests don't appreciate burnt sugar, you need to think about who to invite next year.