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These spiced nuts are an easy way to start off the holiday celebrations.  Serve with cocktails before the big meal! {recipe}

These spiced nuts are an easy way to start off the holiday celebrations. Serve with cocktails before the big meal! {recipe}

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Can’t decide which flavor you like best?  This cookie has them all!  Coconut, almonds, dried cranberries and chocolate chunks!

Can’t decide which flavor you like best? This cookie has them all! Coconut, almonds, dried cranberries and chocolate chunks!

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Oatmeal chews are a family favorite for the holidays or anytime!  Super-easy to make and totally addictive! {recipe}

Oatmeal chews are a family favorite for the holidays or anytime! Super-easy to make and totally addictive! {recipe}

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Country ham and a smear of apricot butter are tucked between the layers of these heavenly buttermilk biscuits.  Irresistible! {recipe}

Country ham and a smear of apricot butter are tucked between the layers of these heavenly buttermilk biscuits. Irresistible! {recipe}

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Christmas cookies that don’t take all day – these little nuggets of heaven are sweet with a crunch of pistachio and a tart cranberry hit!

Christmas cookies that don’t take all day – these little nuggets of heaven are sweet with a crunch of pistachio and a tart cranberry hit!

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This simple go-to recipe turns out a juicy, flavorful glazed ham with a minimum of fuss and effort.  Perfect for feeding a crowd.

This simple go-to recipe turns out a juicy, flavorful glazed ham with a minimum of fuss and effort. Perfect for feeding a crowd.

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Don’t throw away those turkey bones.  Instead use them to make a satisfying broth and this hearty soup with tortellini!

Don’t throw away those turkey bones. Instead use them to make a satisfying broth and this hearty soup with tortellini!

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For a twist on your holiday table, try this simple sweet-tangy tart filled with cranberry sauce, apples and topped with walnut streusel.

For a twist on your holiday table, try this simple sweet-tangy tart filled with cranberry sauce, apples and topped with walnut streusel.

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These fragrant, sweet and spicy loaves just scream "HOLIDAYS".  Make some this weekend, but save a loaf for Thanksgiving morning!

These fragrant, sweet and spicy loaves just scream "HOLIDAYS". Make some this weekend, but save a loaf for Thanksgiving morning!

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This hearty soup will banish the chill in the air.  Full of meaty mushrooms, chewy barley and good for you kale with tomatoes and carrots! {recipe}

This hearty soup will banish the chill in the air. Full of meaty mushrooms, chewy barley and good for you kale with tomatoes and carrots! {recipe}

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Roasting root vegetables concentrates and softens their flavors.  Perfect with a roast chicken or as a side to your holiday turkey!

Roasting root vegetables concentrates and softens their flavors. Perfect with a roast chicken or as a side to your holiday turkey!

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The secret to a juicy, flavorful turkey is the brine.  This one has an unconventional ingredient and is ridiculously easy to make! {recipe}

The secret to a juicy, flavorful turkey is the brine. This one has an unconventional ingredient and is ridiculously easy to make! {recipe}

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Polar Vortex?  Whaaat?  Mini meatballs with tender vegetables and orzo in a satisfying broth is the cure for cold weather!

Polar Vortex? Whaaat? Mini meatballs with tender vegetables and orzo in a satisfying broth is the cure for cold weather!

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THE quintessential comfort food.  Creamy macaroni and cheese with a buttery crumb crust.  Heaven!

THE quintessential comfort food. Creamy macaroni and cheese with a buttery crumb crust. Heaven!

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Pork Rillettes ~ This simple but elegant spread is the perfect start to a dinner party.  Serve with cocktails and friends {recipe}

Pork Rillettes ~ This simple but elegant spread is the perfect start to a dinner party. Serve with cocktails and friends {recipe}

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Crazy good cranberry sauce and so easy to make!  Scented with orange, cinnamon, cloves and ginger, with a solid dose of wine!

Crazy good cranberry sauce and so easy to make! Scented with orange, cinnamon, cloves and ginger, with a solid dose of wine!

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Make this dark chocolate peppermint sauce in minutes with only two ingredients!  A perfect topper for vanilla ice cream!

Make this dark chocolate peppermint sauce in minutes with only two ingredients! A perfect topper for vanilla ice cream!

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This ain’t your Mamas fruit cake!  Tender-sweet pears, with tart cranberries, married to a sweet crumb.  Moist and delicious!

This ain’t your Mamas fruit cake! Tender-sweet pears, with tart cranberries, married to a sweet crumb. Moist and delicious!

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A simple yet elegant meal, perfect for a cool night!  Tender pork roasted with apples, potatoes and onions, served with a port and plum sauce.

A simple yet elegant meal, perfect for a cool night! Tender pork roasted with apples, potatoes and onions, served with a port and plum sauce.

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You don’t need to order takeout for your favorite udon noodle salad.  Make it yourself, fast and easy.  Plenty for leftovers!

You don’t need to order takeout for your favorite udon noodle salad. Make it yourself, fast and easy. Plenty for leftovers!

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Try a healthy taste of fall with this savory and sweet salad.  Hearty farro,  tart-sweet apples and a burst of fresh pomegranate!  Kale adds a nutritious boost! {recipe}

Try a healthy taste of fall with this savory and sweet salad. Hearty farro, tart-sweet apples and a burst of fresh pomegranate! Kale adds a nutritious boost! {recipe}

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Apple cranberry walnut bars are-over-the-top good!  Apple and cranberries on a shortbread crust with granola streusel.  Wow!

Apple cranberry walnut bars are-over-the-top good! Apple and cranberries on a shortbread crust with granola streusel. Wow!

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This hearty quiche will have them coming back for seconds!  Rich, creamy fontina cheese blended with mushrooms and tender kale.  Yum!

This hearty quiche will have them coming back for seconds! Rich, creamy fontina cheese blended with mushrooms and tender kale. Yum!

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Dangerous because they’re so addictive!  Homemade sweet potato gnocchi with sage browned butter and crispy pancetta!

Dangerous because they’re so addictive! Homemade sweet potato gnocchi with sage browned butter and crispy pancetta!

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Fork tender lamb shanks with carrots and mushrooms in a rich, meaty gravy.  Let your crockpot do the work! {recipe}

Fork tender lamb shanks with carrots and mushrooms in a rich, meaty gravy. Let your crockpot do the work! {recipe}

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Comfort food that doesn’t compromise your waistline – creamy cauliflower mash with fresh thyme and sweet oven roasted garlic.  Yum!

Comfort food that doesn’t compromise your waistline – creamy cauliflower mash with fresh thyme and sweet oven roasted garlic. Yum!

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Crazy good Jamaican jerked and smoked pork shoulder.  Feeds a crowd and is perfect for game day!  Try it on a soft roll with coleslaw!

Crazy good Jamaican jerked and smoked pork shoulder. Feeds a crowd and is perfect for game day! Try it on a soft roll with coleslaw!

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Tangy, sweet peach and cherry crisp, doused with amaretto and topped with a crunchy almond streusel!

Tangy, sweet peach and cherry crisp, doused with amaretto and topped with a crunchy almond streusel!

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A gorgeous summer salad with honey-ripe peaches, ripe tomatoes, creamy mozzarella and crispy prosciutto.  Finish with basil dressing!

A gorgeous summer salad with honey-ripe peaches, ripe tomatoes, creamy mozzarella and crispy prosciutto. Finish with basil dressing!

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A thick, creamy, frosty shake with banana, peanut butter and honey.  Incredibly fast and easy and oh so satisfying!

A thick, creamy, frosty shake with banana, peanut butter and honey. Incredibly fast and easy and oh so satisfying!

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Dripping with chocolate ganache, this banana cake is insanely moist from the unusual baking and cooling methods!

Dripping with chocolate ganache, this banana cake is insanely moist from the unusual baking and cooling methods!

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The best Herb Crusted Veal Chops!  Where have you been all my life?  Easy to make, and eyes-rolling-back-in-your-head good!

The best Herb Crusted Veal Chops! Where have you been all my life? Easy to make, and eyes-rolling-back-in-your-head good!

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Sweet-tangy mango, sliced ripe tomato, crispy cabbage and tender strips of beef with an asian dressing and crunchy peanuts!  Sublime!

Sweet-tangy mango, sliced ripe tomato, crispy cabbage and tender strips of beef with an asian dressing and crunchy peanuts! Sublime!

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Sweet-tangy mango, sliced ripe tomato, crispy cabbage and tender strips of beef with an asian dressing and crunchy peanuts!  Sublime!

Sweet-tangy mango, sliced ripe tomato, crispy cabbage and tender strips of beef with an asian dressing and crunchy peanuts! Sublime!

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