I’m taking the day off from work, in preparation for Thanksgiving here in the US. One of my activities will be to engage in this Holiday Organic Synthesis prep of chocolate pecan pie (the comments to that post have several refinements, especially for non-US readers who may have to do some ingredient substitutions). I make that one every year; the other dessert this year will be a pumpkin flan (from an old New York Times cookbook).
For readers who just started reading the site this year, be ready for the occasional recipe during December. You should never trust an organic chemist who can’t cook, as the old saying goes. Not all of them choose to (one of my colleagues back in grad school used his apartment’s oven as a filing cabinet), but if you absolutely can’t, organic synthesis may be a problem as well.