On a cool night, simmer chicken with onion and white wine for a comforting and flavorful meal. Chicken thighs stay moist as they cook slowly in this hearty braise. Serve with polenta or mashed potatoes to catch the savory sauce.
Strips of pate brisee woven in the style of classic chair caning give a new twist to the familiar lattice-topped tart (and the star pattern is easier to make than you might guess). Even the filling is a surprise: a fragrant blend of jewel-like dried fruits, including prunes, apricots, and cranberries, that is poached in a spiced vanilla-Cognac syrup. More of the syrup is brushed onto the pastry top after the tart comes out of the oven, to give it gloss and depth of flavor.
Flat breads, such as lavash or pita bread, are traditionally used to eat this highly spiced Moroccan stew. Ras el hanout is a complex Moroccan spice blend that often can have up to 50 ingredients. It is available at Middle-Eastern markets.