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Table of Contents

From the Editor6

Let's Get Social7

Tips From our Readers8

In the Now12

Seasonal Kitchen: Holiday Candies16

Teresa’s sharing five easy-to-make, family candy recipes just in time to spread some holiday cheer — how sweet.

Marbled Chocolate Bark16

Nutty Penuche18

Caramel Pecan Turtles19

Munch Mix20

Toffee Squares21

Cuisine Tonight: Sheet Pan Dinners22

Sheet pans aren’t just for baking. Put them to use when you want fast, fuss-free, fabulous weeknight meals.

Sheet Pan Chicken Parmesan with broccoli florets22

Sheet Pan Chicken Quesadillas24

Sheet Pan Beef with Chinese noodles26

Sheet Pan Pear-Stuffed Pork Chops27

Wares: Sheet Pans28

You can’t make sheet pan dinners without sheet pans. Read on to see how our review pans out.

Test Kitchen Favorites: Japanese Pancakes30

These tall towering pancakes are all the rage. Learn how easy these lofty hotcakes are to make at home.

Japanese Pancakes30

Caramel Buttermilk Syrup32

Blueberry-Orange Syrup with maple32

Cuisine For Two: Thai Curries34

Red, green, or yellow — Thai curry can be yours tonight — in less than an hour, no takeout menu necessary.

Red Curry Beef with brown basmati rice34

Green Curry Pork & Peanuts with jasmine rice36

Yellow Curry with seared shrimp & beans37

Souper Soups38

Soups on! Nothing satisfies like a warm bowl of soup — whether you’re getting dinner on the table during the week or ladling ‘em up on the eve, from casual to elegant there’s a soup here for everyone.

Lobster Soup with coconut and corn38

Steakhouse Soup with mushrooms & rosemary39

Carrot Miso Soup with crispy shallots40

Chicken Wonton Soup with ginger and five-spice41


We’ve got the perfect meal, featuring a dry-brined turkey with crispy skin. The menu is special but doesn’t include the usual side of stress — you’ll simply be thankful as everyone gathers at the table.

Rosemary & Orange Dry-Brined Turkey43

Corn Pudding with butternut squash46

Cranberry Green Beans with almonds46

Sweet Golden Potatoes Gratin46

Easy Make-Ahead Tturkey Gravy47

Dutch Ovens48

This magic pot is one you’ll want to add to your collection, if you don’t already have one. With info on materials, sizes, shapes, and lids, a Dutch oven will likely go to the top of your must-have holiday gift list.

Class: Soups, Stews & Chilies Basics 50

Learn some techniques for building a better bowl of soup, stew, or chili. And check out the homemade broth.

Homemade Chicken Broth53

Breakfast Bakes54

“What’s for breakfast?” you ask. Three egg-cellent recipes — from a bagel casserole to a Spanish frittata or sweet potato hash, any one will get one and all jumping out of bed and running to the table.

Italian Bagel Breakfast Casserole with four cheeses54

Spanish Frittata with soy chorizo56

Sweet Potato Breakfast Hash with sausage57

Baked Pasta58

Comfort food and pasta go hand in hand. And when it’s baked and ooey-gooey cheesy, it’s hard to resist. As a holiday addition or winter weeknight meal, these casseroles are meant to feed more than just a few.

Chicken and Broccoli Pasta Bake58

Baked Spaghetti with two sauces60

Christmas Roast62

Get the holidays rolling with this show-stopping menu. Not only is the Rolled Rib-Eye Roast jaw-droppingly gorgeous, it tastes incredible — along with the sides, this meal is nothing short of memorable.

Rolled Rib-Eye Roast with herb filling62

Red Wine Au Jus65

Glazed Carrots and Brussels Sprouts with mustard & brown sugar66

Sour Cream Mashed Red Potatoes66

Bread & Butter68

Can you really enjoy one without the other? We think not! Here’s a little primer on one of our favorite ingredients, butter, along with a recipe for pillowy soft, Buttery Dutch Oven Pull-Apart Rolls.

Buttery Dutch Oven Pull-Apart Rolls71

Baking Essentials72

Tools and equipment make a world of difference, especially when it comes to baking. And what better time than the holiday baking season to learn what we think are essential any time of year.

Just Desserts Cookbook74

Charlotte Ree’s Just Desserts is filled with so many scrumptious sweets, but we narrowed things down to three simply delicious cakes — chocolate, vanilla, and lemon. “It doesn’t get butter than this.”

Vanilla Chiffon Cake74

Lemon Olive Oil Cake76

Chocolate Buttermilk Cake78

Healthy Cuisine: Eat your Vitamins80

No need to stock up on supplements. See which foods you should buy to get your daily dose of vitamins.

Bubbles & Bites82

Ring in the New Year, celebrate Valentine’s Day with your honey, or enjoy some bubbles and bites any time you want to celebrate. These six nibbles set the tone for a festive gathering with lots of tasty flair.

Clams Casino Cakes84

Gouda Pear Puffs with walnuts and honey85

Blood Orange Marmalade Crostini with goat cheese85

Salt & Vinegar Latkes86

Fried Blue Cheese Stuffed Olives with vermouthlemon aioli87

Mushroom Paté87

Cocktails with Cuisine: Classic Drinks88

We’re shaking (and stirring) up some classic cocktails with a little flair to get the holiday festivities going.

Cocktails with Cuisine: Classic Drinks88

We’re shaking (and stirring) up some classic cocktails with a little flair to get the holiday festivities going.

Cosmo with cranberry-pomegranate juice88




Tea Time92

January is National Hot Tea month — it’s time to learn all about the soothing, dried leaves. Plus, we have a Chai-Spiced Tea Cookie, the perfect sweet treat to pair with your hot cuppa.

Chai-Spiced Tea Cookies with ginger icing95

All About: Rice96

Learn about the differences between rice varieties — it boils down to the size of the grains and starch content.

1 Ingredient 4 Ways: Rice98

We’re highlighting the glorious, good-for-you, easy-to-cook grain in four unique rice-centric recipes.

Creamy Risi e Bisi with pancetta & fennel98

Lemon Grass-Scented Rice Pudding with cilantro100


Rice & Lentil Salad101

Faster with Fewer: Turkey Leftovers102

We scoured the globe for culinary inspiration to turn your leftover turkey into fast, yet flavorful meals.

Butter Turkey102

Turkey Poutine with sweet potato fries103

Ras El Hanout Turkey & Fig on naan104

Mongolian Turkey with chow mein noodles105

Ask the Editors106

Grand Finale: Gingerbread Cake & Cookies108

A decadently rich gingerbread cheesecake and classic cut-out cookies are perfectly spiced and oh-so nice.

Gingersnap Cut-Out Cookies110

Gingerbread Cheesecake with gingersnap cookies111