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Chocolate Sheet Cake
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Published: December 2006
Chocolate Sheet Cake
Use this recipe to make our Christmas Tree and Chocolate Raspberry Heart Cakes.
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Published: December 2005
Sugared Pecans
Use this recipe with our Lady Baltimore Cake.
Seven-Minute Icing
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Published: December 2005
Seven-Minute Icing
Some quick frostings are too sweet or too gritty-but not this one.
Lady Baltimore Cake
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Published: December 2005
Lady Baltimore Cake
Statuesque Lady Baltimore Cake is dressed to impress, with three layers of tende…
Parmesan-Garlic Biscuits
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Published: December 2005
Parmesan-Garlic Biscuits
Cheese biscuits generally disappoint. Our goal was to master this recipe and mak…
Swiss Caraway Biscuits
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Published: December 2005
Swiss Caraway Biscuits
Cheese biscuits generally disappoint. Our goal was to master this recipe and mak…
Jalapeño-Jack Biscuits
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Published: December 2005
Jalapeño-Jack Biscuits
Cheese biscuits generally disappoint. Our goal was to master this recipe and mak…
Cheddar Biscuits
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Published: December 2005
Cheddar Biscuits
Cheese biscuits generally disappoint. Our goal was to master this recipe and mak…
Hearty Beef and Vegetable Soup
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Published: December 2005
Hearty Beef and Vegetable Soup
Homemade beef stock is a guaranteed method for producing great beef and vegetabl…
Creamy Carbonara
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Published: December 2005
Creamy Carbonara
At its best, pasta carbonara is a velvety smooth blend of eggs, cream, cheese, b…
Skillet Chicken Parmesan
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Published: December 2005
Skillet Chicken Parmesan
With all the sauce and cheese in most chicken Parmesans, it's nearly impossible …
Miami Vice Fruit Salad
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Published: December 2005
Miami Vice Fruit Salad
Most fruit salads-even those made with great summer fruit-are disappointingly dr…
The Green Monstah Fruit Salad
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Published: December 2005
The Green Monstah Fruit Salad
Most fruit salads-even those made with great summer fruit-are disappointingly dr…
Lovers Lane Fruit Salad
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Published: December 2005
Lovers Lane Fruit Salad
Most fruit salads-even those made with great summer fruit-are disappointingly dr…
Hollywood Hills Fruit Salad
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Published: December 2005
Hollywood Hills Fruit Salad
Most fruit salads-even those made with great summer fruit-are disappointingly dr…
Bahama Mama Fruit Salad
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Published: December 2005
Bahama Mama Fruit Salad
Most fruit salads-even those made with great summer fruit-are disappointingly dr…
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Published: December 2005
Simple Syrup for Fruit Salad
Most fruit salads-even those made with great summer fruit-are disappointingly dr…
Paradise Found Fruit Salad
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Published: December 2005
Paradise Found Fruit Salad
Most fruit salads-even those made with great summer fruit-are disappointingly dr…
Maple Sausage and Waffle Casserole
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Published: December 2005
Maple Sausage and Waffle Casserole
We love the concept of a breakfast casserole and developed a lighter, more "heal…
Crispy Roast Chicken and Potatoes
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Published: December 2005
Crispy Roast Chicken and Potatoes
Roasting a chicken with a pile of potatoes makes a good deal of sense. We wanted…
Green Salad with Roasted Pears and Blue Cheese
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Published: December 2005
Green Salad with Roasted Pears and Blue Cheese
Finally a use for those rock-hard pears sold in most supermarkets. Roasting the …
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Published: December 2005
Curried Peas
Most cooks boil peas until tender in salted water. But this method doesn't add m…
Dilly Peas and Carrots
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Published: December 2005
Dilly Peas and Carrots
Most cooks boil peas until tender in salted water. But this method doesn't add m…
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Published: December 2005
Smashed Minty Peas
Most cooks boil peas until tender in salted water. But this method doesn't add m…
Creamy Peas with Ham and Onion
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Published: December 2005
Creamy Peas with Ham and Onion
Most cooks boil peas until tender in salted water. But this method doesn't add m…
Pan-Seared Steaks with Balsamic Onions
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Published: December 2005
Pan-Seared Steaks with Balsamic Onions
Caramelized onions dress up a simple pan-seared steak, and they don't need to co…
Cinnamon Toast Glaze
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Published: December 2005
Cinnamon Toast Glaze
We wanted a flavorful sweet glaze with just the right consistency to run down th…
Java Jolt Glaze
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Published: December 2005
Java Jolt Glaze
We wanted a flavorful sweet glaze with just the right consistency to run down th…
Must Be Maple Glaze
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Published: December 2005
Must Be Maple Glaze
We wanted a flavorful sweet glaze with just the right consistency to run down th…
Tropical Orange Glaze
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Published: December 2005
Tropical Orange Glaze
We wanted a flavorful sweet glaze with just the right consistency to run down th…
Pecan Sour Cream Coffee Cake
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Published: December 2005
Pecan Sour Cream Coffee Cake
Most coffee cakes aren't much more than yellow cake swirled with a sugary streus…
Broiled Paprika Chicken
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Published: December 2005
Broiled Paprika Chicken
This delicious dish is one of our best, simplest dinner recipes.
Stir-Fried Beef with Snow Peas and Cashews
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Published: December 2005
Stir-Fried Beef with Snow Peas and Cashews
Forget about ordering out for Chinese when you can make this Asian-inspired meal…
Taco Salad
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Published: December 2005
Taco Salad
This simple salad is anything but boring, and easy enough to put together any ni…
Chicken with Mushrooms and Leeks
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Published: December 2005
Chicken with Mushrooms and Leeks
This dish combines some of winter's best flavors, and comes together in a snap f…
Pork Chops with Spicy Orange Glaze
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Published: December 2005
Pork Chops with Spicy Orange Glaze
A simple glaze transforms this dish into an elegant dinner that's still easy eno…
Rustic Potato Soup
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Published: December 2005
Rustic Potato Soup
Forget about canned soup. Our homemade rustic potato soup is ready in about 30 m…
Baked Cod with Crunchy Lemon-Herb Topping
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Published: December 2005
Baked Cod with Crunchy Lemon-Herb Topping
Give baked cod a refreshing twist in this simple recipe, sure to become a new fa…
Spaghetti with Sausage Meatballs
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Published: December 2005
Spaghetti with Sausage Meatballs
Sweet italian sausage livens up an iconic dinner favorite.
Mulled Apple 'Chai'-der
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Published: December 2005
Mulled Apple 'Chai'-der
The flavors of chai, the Indian concoction of milk, tea, and spices, inspired th…
Mulled Cider à la Pumpkin Pie
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Published: December 2005
Mulled Cider à la Pumpkin Pie
Pumpkin pie flavors work well with cider.
Fireside Mulled Cider
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Published: December 2005
Fireside Mulled Cider
We wanted a quicker recipe for mulled cider that actually tasted like apples. We…
Western-Slope Pear Cake with Ginger Cream
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Published: December 2005
Western-Slope Pear Cake with Ginger Cream
This simple pear cake is the perfect finish to our holiday meal.
Grown-Up Sweet Potato Casserole
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Published: December 2005
Grown-Up Sweet Potato Casserole
This sweet potato "pie" gets a boost from applesauce.
Savory Corn Pudding
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Published: December 2005
Savory Corn Pudding
Unlike its sweet cousin, the addition of cheese and herbs makes this rich and cr…
Easy Custard
Recipe
Published: December 2005
Easy Custard
Use this foolproof custard recipe for dishes like our Tipsy Squire.
Braised Brussels Sprouts with Bacon and Pecans
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Published: December 2005
Braised Brussels Sprouts with Bacon and Pecans
Braising ensures these Brussels sprouts are tender without being mushy or waterl…
Cranberry-Apple-Orange Relish
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Published: December 2005
Cranberry-Apple-Orange Relish
Sweet, sour, bitter, and a bit spicy, this no-cook cranberry sauce works well wi…
Dr. Pepper-Glazed Ham
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Published: December 2005
Dr. Pepper-Glazed Ham
Glazed ham is an easy centerpiece for a holiday meal. The combination of flavors…
Italian Spinach and Radicchio Salad
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Published: December 2005
Italian Spinach and Radicchio Salad
This Italian-inspired salad with festive crimson radicchio starts our favorite h…
Wintermint Bark
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Published: December 2005
Wintermint Bark
The red, green, and white colors of this confection make it the perfect holiday …
Peppermint Ice Cream Sandwiches
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Published: December 2005
Peppermint Ice Cream Sandwiches
Ice cream sandwiches aren't just a summertime treat. Our recipe is perfect for t…
Mug O' Minty Hot Chocolate
Recipe
Published: December 2005
Mug O' Minty Hot Chocolate
The perfect remedy to cold winter wind, this hot chocolate is completed with a d…
Icebox Peppermint Yule Log Cake
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Published: December 2005
Icebox Peppermint Yule Log Cake
Get into the holiday spirit with this easy dessert pairing peppermint and chocol…
Tipsy Squire
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Published: December 2005
Tipsy Squire
What's the secret to a great trifle? According to an old-fashioned American reci…
Beer-Braised Short Ribs
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Published: December 2005
Beer-Braised Short Ribs
Beef short ribs, which contain lots of fat and connective tissue, are ideal for …
Recipe
Published: December 2005
Light and Creamy Hot Spinach Dip
We wanted to re-create the creamy hot dips of our childhood, adding more flavor …
Light and Creamy Hot Crab Dip
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Published: December 2005
Light and Creamy Hot Crab Dip
We wanted to re-create the creamy hot dips of our childhood, adding more flavor …
Light and Creamy Hot Artichoke Dip
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Published: December 2005
Light and Creamy Hot Artichoke Dip
We wanted to re-create the creamy hot dips of our childhood, adding more flavor …
Christmas Meringue Kisses
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Published: December 2005
Christmas Meringue Kisses
Crushed peppermint candies add a holiday element to classic meringue cookies.
Molasses Spice Lemon Sandwich Cookies
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Published: December 2005
Molasses Spice Lemon Sandwich Cookies
Molasses and lemon make an unbeatable combination in these Christmas treats.
Macadamia Eggnog Creams
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Published: December 2005
Macadamia Eggnog Creams
Real eggnog in the cookie dough gives these sugar cookies a holiday spin.
Chocolate Toffee Butter Cookies
Recipe
Published: December 2005
Chocolate Toffee Butter Cookies
Though chocolate and toffee are familiar ingredients in Christmas cookies, this …
How To
Published: December 2005
How to Toast Spices, Nuts, and Seeds
Toasting whole spices, nuts, and seeds helps to release essential oils.
How To
Published: December 2005
Vinegar Primer
Although cider vinegar and white vinegar are made by the same process, the simil…
How To
Published: December 2005
Cookie Making Tips
In the test kitchen, we've baked tens of thousands of cookies. Along the way we'…
How To
Published: December 2005
Water Baths
Working with a scalding hot water bath can be dangerous. Here’s the safe way to …
How To
Published: December 2005
Bleached vs. Unbleached Flour
How are bleached and unbleached flour different?
How To
Published: December 2005
Easier Chicken Cutlets
No need for pounding—here’s our quick method for producing thin chicken cutlets.
How To
Published: December 2005
Keeping Garlic Fresh
We offer three options for keeping garlic fresher longer.
How To
Published: December 2005
Measuring Shallots
When a recipe calls for one shallot, it might be confusing trying to figure out …
How To
Published: December 2005
Slicing Citrus
When slicing oranges, grapefruits, and other citrus fruits for salads, it's impo…
How To
Published: December 2005
Straining Apple Cider
Why you should strain heated apple cider and the best way to do it.
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