You are here: Home » Thanksgiving » Holiday Dinner with Les Dames Holiday Dinner with Les Dames Thanksgiving,Dinner,Holidays,In Season,Recipes,Winter http://relish.com/articles/holiday-dinner-with-les-dames/ by Emily ArnoNovember 21, 2011 A pared-down holiday dinner anchored by brie and basil-stuffed turkey breast is an elegant new twist on the old standard. Mark Boughton/styling: Teresa Blackburn http://pgoarelish2.files.wordpress.com/2011/11/23329_stuffed_turkey_mrg.jpg Share this: Pin ItEmailPrint Named for Auguste Escoffier, the great 19th-century French chef, Les Dames d’Escoffier is a group of 1,400 professional women, called Dames, whose work is connected with food or hospitality. From chefs to horticulturists, from winemakers to educators, this varied group of women has a set of core values: They promote the use of locally grown produce, humane animal husbandry and sustainable land practices, and they work to spread these values through public education. Their scholarship program is devoted to helping women pursue culinary careers; their awards program recognizes excellence in food writing; and their Green Table program helps people understand the connection between farms and kitchen tables. The Dames belong to individual chapters across the country, which are the fundraising workhorses of the group. “We’re a bottom-up, grassroots organization,” says Dame Suzanne Brown, the organization’s president. For their recently published cookbook, Cooking with Les Dames d’Escoffier, these women scoured their personal recipe files and came up with more than 120 of their prized recipes. They also provided their best cooking tips—suggestions for taking shortcuts, instructions for preparing ahead and ideas for what to serve with the recipes. This holiday season, try this menu from Les Dames’ cookbook. You may find that it’s like having a chef in the kitchen. “After all,” says Dame Suzanne, “everything we do is food.” By Jean Kressy. Recipes reprinted with permission from Cooking with Les Dames D’Escoffier (Sasquatch Books, 2008). Share this: Pin ItEmailPrint Brie- and Basil-Stuffed Turkey Breasts Tender turkey wrapped around brie, fresh basil and thinly sliced prosciutto makes for a delicious holiday dinner. Braised Greens with Dried Fruits and Nuts Made from your choice of greens, this basic side gets a gourmet treatment with dried fruit and slivered almonds. Creamy Feta Potatoes An exclusive recipe from D.C.’s 1789 Restaurant, these silky feta potatoes will go wonderfully with most any holiday dish. Winter Salad of Oranges and Pomegranate Seasonal oranges and pomegranates come together in this sweet salad that is perfect as a starter or as a dessert.