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Merry & Bright | December 2018

Enjoy the season with good food, friends, and family. Happy Holidays!

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Gingerbread-Berry Trifle

Featuring gingersnaps, sweet jam, fresh berries, and a vanilla pudding and cream cheese custard, this trifle-meets-icebox cake is a festive centerpiece dessert for the holidays.

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White Russian Hot Toddy

The ideal after-dinner sipper on a cold winter’s night, this version uses rum instead of whiskey or vodka for a drink that will warm you inside and out.

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Chocolate Christmas Trees

Add some extra pizzazz and decorate these festive trees with fun sprinkles in different colors and shapes.

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Steak with Caper Butter

There’s never been an easier way to impress guests than with this seasoned butter spooned over sirloin. Serve with baked potatoes and a green salad.

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Snowman Cheese Ball

This adorable snowman will delight kids and grown-ups alike. For the most snow-like Parmesan, place small chunks in a food processor and pulse until fine crumbs form.

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Brussels Sprout Gratin with Bacon

Gooey Gruyère binds together creamy potatoes, crunchy bacon, and earthy Brussels sprouts in this guest-worthy side dish.

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Salad with Sweet Poppy seed Dressing and Cranberries

This salad comes together quickly with a homemade dressing that’s sure to please. Save yourself some time the night of the main event by making the vinaigrette the day before.

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Chilaquiles Skillet Casserole

Eggs are an affordable and nutritious way to add protein to weeknight dinners. Cooking them in the same skillet as the rest of the dish ensures an easy cleanup.

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Soy and Ginger–Braised Chicken

A tasty mixture of soy sauce, fresh ginger, and garlic lends loads of flavor to this budget cut of chicken, while a multi-cooker gets it on the table fast.

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Prosciutto-Wrapped Stuffed Pork Loin

A spin on Italian porchetta, this version uses prosciutto instead of pork belly to keep the lean pork loin moist, while traditional seasonings of fennel and garlic amp up the flavor.

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Scalloped Potatoes and Parsnips with Thyme

Parsnips lend a nutty sweetness to this classic holiday side dish. Assemble it the night before and then pop it in the oven an hour before dinnertime for easy entertaining.

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Eggnog Cheesecake

All the flavors of your favorite creamy holiday beverage have been transformed into one of your favorite creamy holiday desserts.

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Eggnog Lattes/Hot Chocolate

This warm and cozy drink will get you in the holiday spirit. Try adding extra spices like ginger and nutmeg for even more flavor.

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Mini Cherry Tomato, Pesto, and Mozzarella Bites

Ciliegine are little mini balls of fresh mozzarella (“ciliegine” means cherry in Italian). Use them to make these bite-size Caprese salads.

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Brussels Sprout Gratin with Bacon

Gooey Gruyère binds together creamy potatoes, crunchy bacon, and earthy Brussels sprouts in this guest-worthy side dish.

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Cranberry Jelly Cutouts

No more boring slices of cranberry jelly! Cut out elegant shapes with a paring knife, or give the kids cookie cutters to let them help with Thanksgiving dinner.

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English Standing Rib Roast

Plenty of fresh herbs highlight this easy English Standing Rib Roast that can be prepped and ready to roast in 10 minutes! Serve with warm popovers for a special accompaniment.

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Twice-Baked Baby Sweet Potatoes

Delicately sweet (and adorable) baby sweet potatoes make for a perfectly portioned side.

Holiday Entertaining

There is more to the holidays than the grand meal. You have to have something for your guests to snack on while they wait. Don't panic - we have you covered with these simple snacks.

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Marinated Mozzarella, Peppers, and Artichokes

Tossing some of your antipasti favorites with some olive oil and your own special blend of seasonings gives them a unique twist that’s sure to impress.

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Cranberry Spritzers

Hand guests this festive, nonalcoholic sparkler as soon as they walk through the door and get ready to be declared “Hostess of the Year.”

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Smoky ‘n’ Spicy Hummus

Jazzing up store-bought dip with a spicy paprika oil is a hassle-free way to satisfy hungry guests before the big meal without filling them up.

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Individual Almond-Blueberry Cheesecakes

These single-serve blueberry-topped cheesecakes feature buttery, almond crusts that will impress guests. Make them a day ahead for easy entertaining.

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Barbecue Meatball Sliders

Perfect for watching the big game or just a casual dinner, these turkey sliders will make you a winner in the kitchen no matter the occasion.

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Gingerbread Brownies

Gingerbread meets chocolate brownies in this holiday dessert. Cut stencils out from construction paper or card stock for the powdered sugar designs.

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Pumpkin Pie Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting

All the familiar flavors of your favorite Thanksgiving pie packed into one delectable, easy-to-transport cupcake.

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Pecan Pie Turtle Squares

Featuring caramel, nuts, and chocolate on a shortbread crust, this recipe brings together two dessert favorites in one bite-size treat.

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Candy Cane Dip

Holiday Traditions

Holidays are for traditions - old and new. We’ve gathered a collection of recipes that will be sure to inspire you to put a twist on an old favorite or to try something new!

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Cranberry-Glazed Ham with Horseradish-Honey Mustard

A tart glaze is a natural pairing with salty ham. For killer sandwiches, slather on lots of the sweet and tangy mustard sauce.

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Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

Got a batch of leftover quinoa? Pair it with a bag of Nature's Promise microwaveable sweet potatoes, for a dinner that's fast, filling, and shockingly simple.

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Citrus and Pomegranate Salad

Jewel-like pomegranate seeds and orange segments mingle with salty strips of prosciutto for an elegant salad worthy of the holidays.

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Brussels Sprout Gratin with Bacon

Gooey Gruyère binds together creamy potatoes, crunchy bacon, and earthy Brussels sprouts in this guest-worthy side dish.

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Chanukah Cranberry-Pistachio Doughnut Holes

Fried pastries are a traditional part of many Chanukah celebrations around the world. These scrumptious bites are similar to treats served in Italy and Israel.

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Sweet Potato and Goat Cheese Tart

This savory tart with sweet potatoes makes an elegant fall dish.

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Scalloped Potatoes and Parsnips with Thyme

Parsnips lend a nutty sweetness to this classic holiday side dish. Assemble it the night before and then pop it in the oven an hour before dinnertime for easy entertaining.

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Buttery Lemon Rice

With just a handful of ingredients, this simple yet fragrant side delivers on flavor, whether you’re preparing it for a weeknight dinner or your holiday table.

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Caramelized Onion and Mushroom Puff Pastry Squares

Sweet onions are hit with a dash of sherry vinegar for a sweet-and-sour topping that perfectly complements the flaky golden pastry underneath.

Holiday Kids Collection

Kids, and the young at heart, will love these holiday treats!

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Chocolate Christmas Trees

Add some extra pizzazz and decorate these festive trees with fun sprinkles in different colors and shapes.

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Mac and Cheese with Cheddar Cracker Crumbs

A cheesy casserole to feed a crowd, this riff on classic mac and cheese incorporates spinach for some color and a topping made from crushed crackers for crunch.

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Snowman Cheese Ball

This adorable snowman will delight kids and grown-ups alike. For the most snow-like Parmesan, place small chunks in a food processor and pulse until fine crumbs form.

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Tree Trimming Cookies

Try this easy take on a traditional cookie garland. Use cookie cutters for festive holiday shapes. Glaze, decorate, and hang on the Christmas tree!

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Marshmallow Snowmen

These adorable snowmen are fun to eat on their own or to dunk into a mug of hot chocolate.

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Over-the-Top Hot Chocolate

This glorious hot chocolate tastes as delicious as it looks. Let your imagination run wild with different toppings.

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OREO Reindeer Cookie Ball Pops

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Whole Grain Cereal S'mores Treats

Classic cereal treat meets gooey s’mores in this kid-friendly dessert. Heart-shaped cutters make them perfect for Valentine’s Day. Just be sure to save the scraps for yourself!

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Brownie in a Mug

This single serving fudgy brownie is the perfect treat.

Holiday Baking

Tis the Season of giving. Make your friends and family's holiday merry with these favorite cookies made the Savory way, fast and easy.

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Chanukah Cranberry-Pistachio Doughnut Holes

Fried pastries are a traditional part of many Chanukah celebrations around the world. These scrumptious bites are similar to treats served in Italy and Israel.

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Cookie Dough Stained Glass Cookies

These colorful sugar cookies make a gorgeous addition to any dessert plate. Use holiday cookie cutters for a party-ready presentation.

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Christmas Wreath Pavlova

This large meringue is just as beautiful as it is tasty. The whipped cream, pistachios, and fresh fruit help keep this dessert from veering too sweet.

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Lemon-Cranberry Icebox Cookies

These quick and easy icebox cookies, loaded with the festive holiday flavors of lemon and cranberry, can be made ahead, frozen, and baked on your time!

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Peppermint Marshmallows

Plop these festive minty marshmallows into hot chocolate or turn them into the most delectable s’mores.

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Snowcap Cake Pops

Impress your guests this holiday season with glittery cake pops. Switch up the cake mix for a fun change of flavor.

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Hamantaschen

You can make these cookies, traditionally associated with the Jewish holiday of Purim, in under an hour. Fill them with your favorite jam or cream cheese!

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Sugar Cookie Dough

When it comes to a classic sugar cookie, the possibilities are endless! Glaze, decorate, add cocoa--make our 30 minute base recipe, then make it your own!

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Holiday Spice Cookies

This dough is extremely versatile. Roll it out and make gingerbread men or other shapes, or cut circles or squares and sandwich together with jam or Nutella. Chinese 5-spice blend is a mix of ginger, cinnamon and anise. If you can’t find it in the baking section of your supermarket, replace with 1 tsp cinnamon and ½ tsp each ground ginger and ground nutmeg, or use pumpkin pie spice.