Bayless's Queso Fundido al Tequila. Chef Rick Bayless is renowned for cookbooks featuring elaborate Mexican recipes. With Mexican Everyday, he's finally published a cookbook for fast weeknight cooking. This simple, 20-minute dip of melted cheese flavored with tomatoes, chiles, onion and a hit of tequila is just the thing to satisfy a sudden craving for something warm, salty and gooey.
30 min Cassoulet from Jacques Pépin Notes: Either cut down on amount of meat or increase beans and broth - balance was off as is. No salt needed in recipe, the Ham will salt it enough on its own. Very good flavor in a short amount of time.
Liquid Butternut Squash Ravioli with White Truffle
These little stacks of toasted and buttered bread, foie gras terrine, and Sauternes geléecrisp, creamy, coolwill make you swoon and sigh. They provide such a rich reward for so simple an assembly: The only thing you make from scratch is the gelée; its like a sip of dessert wine on top of this extraordinary first bite.