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Every cook needs one perfect winter meal in her repetoire. It should be lavish enough for a special occasion yet easy to prepare. This menu hits all the marks. Beef tenderloin is simple to roast whole; Potatoes Anna is equally elegant; a bright salad adds crunch; and a make-ahead tart closes out dinner in style.
Tangy creme fraiche unites poached and smoked salmon in this quick and easy spread. Make it a day ahead and serve with crackers.
Wash and dry the salad greens and toast the pine nuts for this crunchy winter salad one day before.
This is a twist on the French classic Potatoes Anna -- one of Martha's favorite potato dishes. In this version, the thinly sliced potatoes are baked in a skillet like an upside-down cake.
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Beef tenderloin is simple to roast whole, and this one's leek crust ensures that the meat stays moist during cooking.
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The decadent chewy filling in this tart is inspired by turtle candies. A dollop of unsweetened whipped cream will cut its intensity. Bake the tart a day ahead of the meal.