November is a great month for cooks: Thanksgiving’s on the horizon, the weather’s turning colder, and the markets are full of hearty winter vegetables. Here are 17 dishes we’re looking forward to cooking this month, from rich, tender lamb roast to dark walnut pie with sour whipped cream.
Spelt Risotto with Beets and Horseradish
Heston Blumenthal, chef at the Fat Duck in Bray, England, was inspired by his trip to Transylvania in this dish. Blumenthal substitutes spelt, a wheat berry found in most supermarkets, for the more common short-grain rice to give the risotto a nutty and wholesome flavor.
Soy-Braised Kabocha Squash
Braising—with a healthy dose of soy—is one of our favorite ways to bring out the texture and flavor of winter squash.
Bouchon’s Apple Butter
This concentrated apple butter makes a stellar apple pie, but is also a natural accompaniment to toast.
Eva Powell, a former elementary-school librarian in Mitchell, Indiana, has won the town’s pudding contest five times with her recipe for persimmon pudding with a crispy, cake-like crust.
Caribbean Pumpkin Soup
Roast or sauté extra squash over the weekend (butternut or calabaza are perfect) to make quick weeknight work of this garlicky, spicy pumpkin soup.