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Table of Contents

From the Staff4

Let's Get Social5

Tips From Our Readers6

In The Now10

Seasonal Kitchen: Holiday Cookies12

You’ll certainly make every effort to stay on the nice list with this collection of giftable cookies.


Vanilla-Pomegranate Shortbread Thumbprints14

Pistachio & Cherry Pinwheels15

Rosette Cookies with chai sugar16

Double Chocolate Mint Cookies17

Cuisine Tonight: Soups20

Warm up with these hearty soups that are quick to make — no need to wait until the weekend to make them.

Italian Wedding Soup20

Italian Mini Meatballs21

Oyster Chowder22

Hot Spinach Salad22

Beer Cheese Soup23

Sausage-Pumpernickel Skewers23

Test Kitchen Favorites: Apps & Dips24

Get the holiday party started with tasty dips, savory mushroom cups, and Italian baked sammies.

Baked Italian Beef Sammies24

Cheddar-Horseradish Dip with apple26

Mini Mushroom-Bacon Cups27

Peppadew-Goat Cheese Spread28

Honey-Thyme Feta with tomatoes & olives29

Cuisine for Two: Vegetarian Meals30

No meat? No problem! These two vegetarian menus are hearty, packed with flavor, and oh-so satisfying.

Rosemary-Potato Calzones with garlic dip30

Arugula, Shaved Celery & Fennel Salad31

Spicy Pumpkin Pasta with hazelnuts32

Spinach Panzanella with goat cheese33

Thanksgiving Meal34

This year we’re leaving the oven for the side dishes and throwing the turkey in the smoker. With some old-school sides, and a perfectly smoked bird, your guests will applaud you for a job well done.

Brined & Smoked Citrus Turkey Breast34

Sourdough-Orange Dressing with pecans & rosemary35

Nan’s Egg Gravy37

Pan-Roasted Brussels Sprouts with honey-balsamic glaze38

Rise & Dine40

Wondering what to serve for breakfast with all the holiday bustle? French toast casserole and doughnut muffins, both loaded with cinnamon flavor, are sure to satisfy everyone’s cravings.

French Toast Bake with apple, cranberry & sausage40

Cinnamon-Sugar Doughnut Muffins with cinnamon chips42

Homemade Gifting44

No need to spend a lot of money on gifting this holiday. Learn how to creatively and easily package three types of homemade treats. Without a doubt, the recipients will love the extra TLC.

The Meat Cookbook48

The Ultimate Companion to Meat shows you how to cook and enjoy this essential ingredient. We’re featuring two beef dishes, plus Yorkshire Pudding — we know you’ll think they’re truly sublime.

Beef Wellington48

Roast Rib-Eye50

Yorkshire Puddings52

Wares: Thermometers54

Thermometers are every cooks best friend. Accuracy, comfort, and ease of use are the keys to a good one.

Cuisine Class: Essential Equipment56

This primer gives you a good handle on what to look for when buying or gifting a roasting pan and chef’s knife.

Cocktails with Cuisine: Sweet Vermouth60

Sweet vermouth is the backbone of many classic drinks — learn how to make it, then turn it into several cocktails.

Sweet Vermouth60


Blood and Sand63

Rob Roy63

All About: Sweet Potatoes64

All About: Sweet Potatoes Learn all about “the other spud” — some fun facts, buying and storing info, plus nutritional benefits.

1 Ingredient 4 Ways: Sweet Potatoes66

We’re putting that super sweet tater to work in four scrumptious recipes to be enjoyed year round.

Sweet Potato Hash with smoked salmon66

Scalloped Sweet Potatoes67

Peanut Sweet Potato Soup68

Sweet Potato 'Pie' Bread with marshmallow glaze69

Faster with Fewer: Turkey Leftovers70

Jazz up your turkey leftovers with these easy and flavorful recipes — leftovers have never tasted so good.

Turkey & Ham Crescent Ring with cranberry and brie70

Carnitas-Style Turkey Tacos71

Turkey & Noodles Stir-Fry72

Turkey & Potato Cakes73

Ask the Editors74

Almond-Raspberry Bûche de Noël with chocolate frosting76

Grand Finale: Bûche de Noël Fruitcake’s got nothin’ on this easy, yet impressive, jelly roll-style cake turned yule log — yule love it!