Braised Lamb Shanks - This is a very basic formula for braising lamb shanks, adapted from The Art of Simple Food by Alice Waters. Like many Alice Waters recipes, it's simple but perfect. Using nothing but the same aromatics you usually have around the house (onions, carrots, bay leaves and so forth) and some minimal prep time, you can get this braise started, have an excellent nap and wake up to a nearly ready dinner.
Chez Panisse Almond Torte recipe - "Truly, this almond torte, made entirely in the food processor, is one of the simplest and most delicious desserts you could ever prepare. It’s definitely for almond/marzipan lovers and... tastes better with each passing day, so don’t be afraid to make it a day or two in advance if you’re preparing for a holiday gathering."