1. You asked your hostess what you can bring tonight, assuming she would say “just your smile” so you could settle into a marathon of House of Cards but to your mild horror she sent back a panicked email looking for dessert.
2. You have left over almond meal you’ve been dying to get rid of.
3. You have no eggs.
4. A friend has recently brought you homemade jam, caramel that is so addictive you might not make it into work for a few weeks or some other confection in search of a thumbprint that you will substitute for the chocolate.
5. You make it as written; chocolate + salt always = thank you.
6. They last all week.
7. You have decided to stay home and stare out the window and mind-will your neighbor to mow his lawn. This will require a snack.
¾ cup almond meal 1 stick (4 ounces) unsalted butter, at room temperature + 2 tablespoons (for chocolate filling) finely grated zest from 1 small lemon 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract 2 teaspoons golden syrup or light corn syrup sea salt, to taste
A New Way to Dinner, co-authored by Food52's founders Amanda Hesser and Merrill Stubbs, is an indispensable playbook for stress-free meal-planning (hint: cook foundational dishes on the weekend and mix and match ‘em through the week).