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Table of Contents

From the Editor6

Let's Get Social7

Tips From our Readers8

In The Now12

Seasonal Kitchen: Holiday Cookies16

Hot off the cooling rack or lifted from Santa’s plate, these festive cookies are sure to put the sparkle in your holiday.

Cherry-Almond Rugelach16

White Chocolate Chip Cookies with cranberries18

Peppermint Florentines19

Orange-Raspberry Cookies20

Chocolate Spice Peek-a-Boo Cookies21

Wares: Cookie Cutters22

Just in time for holiday baking season, check out this rundown of some top-rated cutters to shape things up.

Cuisine Tonight: Cast-Iron Casseroles24

This collection of recipes puts all-in-one and cast-iron together for five creative, flavor-rich weeknight meals.

Enchilada Pie with turkey24

Meatless Moroccan Casserole26

Chicken and Waffle Fries with milk gravy27

Tuna Noodle Casserole with artichokes and spinach28

Muffaletta Casserole with olive brine vinaigrette29

Test Kitchen Favorites: A Trio of Waffles30

Crisp and golden on the outside, light and airy on the inside. Sweet and savory from-scratch waffles? Heck yes!

Savory Cheese & Pastrami Waffles31

Spicy Mustard-aise31

Cinnamon Roll Waffles with cinnamon chips33

Red Velvet Waffles with chocolate33

Cream Cheese Frosting33

Sugar 4-1-134

There’s a bit more to sugar than meets the eye. Learn all about it (beyond just granulated) in this quick overview. Then, how about baking up the Simple Sugar Cookies to test sugar in all its glory?!

Simple Sugar Cookies with lemon zest35

Cuisine For Two: Italian Date Night38

Make reservations to stay in. With osso bucco (and more!) on the menu, you’ll think you’re dining out.

Oxtail Osso Bucco with orange gremolata38

Creamy Polenta with mascarpone38

Zabaglione with strawberries40

Healthy Cuisine: Nutritional Guidelines42

Start the year off right with a deep dive into the most up-to-date dietary guidelines from the experts.

Bake & Break Bread44

Our friends at Bread in 5 have done it again. Their latest book is a compilation of 80 of their favorite recipes. We’re featuring two — Vermont Cheddar Bread and Peppery Pumpkin and Olive Oil Loaf.

Vermont Cheddar Bread44

Crisp Cheesy Bread Sticks44

Pain au Potiron46

Soups for the Soul48

Warm up with this trio of soul-satisfying soups. Two seafood and classic French onion are on the menu. Leaning on tradition and comfort, they’re guaranteed to make chilly nights deliciously cozy.

Feast of Seven Fishes D'Italia48

Crab Rangoon Soup with water chestnuts50

French Onion Soup with Parmesan croutons51

Thanksgiving Feast52

Turkey and all the trimmings without the fuss? Yes, please! This simple, classic menu delivers a whole roast turkey, gravy, dressing, and cranberry sauce, plus much can be made (or prepped) ahead!

Honey-Glazed Roast Turkey54

Make-Ahead Turkey Gravy55

Cranberry-Cherry Sauce56

Classic Bread Dressing57

A Lotta Lasagna58

Three lasagnas — meat, veggie, and seafood (yup, you read that right!) — means there’s something here for everyone. Layers and layers of pasta and cheese create casseroles destined to become new favorites.

Three Meat Lasagna with bolognese sauce58

Vegetarian Lasagna with tofu ricotta60

Seafood Lasagna62

Wellingtons! Oh wow!64

’Tis the season for wrapping and giving gifts. Pork and apples join forces in these individual Wellingtons. Your guests will be thrilled to unwrap the perfect, edible gift this holiday/winter season.

Pork Wellingtons with apples and thyme64

Apple Brandy Beurre Blanc64

Squash and Cranberry Sauté67

Class: Stir-Fry Fundamentals68

Preparation and technique are fundamentals of stir-fry. Turn to this in-depth review to cook without a recipe.

Basic Stir-Fry72

Winter Squash Guide74

Winter squash is readily available, versatile, and interchangeable (mostly). But do you know how they differ? What you should look for when selecting, and how best to store them? Check out this guide.

Potato & Dill Pierogi76

As an ode to Ukraine, we’re finally featuring these half-moon-shaped dumplings (it’s been a longstanding idea on our “list”). Check out this article, then roll, fill, and shape your way to Pierogiville.

Bistro Fare80

Down-to-earth, cozy, and familiar aptly describes bistro fare. At its most basic, it’s simple food done well. No wonder why it’s universally loved. And these recipes, individually and collectively, demonstrate just that.

Duchess Potatoes with tarragon80

Coquille St. Jacques and Duchess Potatoes80

Chicken Normandy with apples & onions82

Choucroute Garni with smoked sausage84

Parisian Tartines with ham & spinach85

Louisiana Cookin’86

Kevin Belton knows Louisiana and cooking! This cookbook exemplifies that. All the recipes correspond to his PBS series, too. Dig into these Cajun/Creole recipes for a taste of the Pelican State.

Chicken and Dumplings86

Cane Syrup Cake88

Measuring Up90

Do you know how many teaspoons are in a tablespoon? How many tablespoons are in a quarter cup? Or how to properly measure dry and wet ingredients? Check out this guide to find out and learn more.

Cocktails with Cuisine: Crimson Cocktails92

Get in the spirit and celebrate all season long with these four creative, ruby-colored sippers. Cheers!

The Bishop Cocktail94

Vin Brule94


Hibiscus-Pomegranate Hot Toddy95

All About: Phyllo96

Have no fear, phyllo is easy to work with — learn the ins and outs of working with the delicate dough.

1 Ingredient 4 Ways: Phyllo98

Test out your new knowledge with these sweet and savory crisp-centric recipes. Phyllo is a good thing.

Bananas Foster Mille-Feuille98

Sausage & Egg Bake100

Tyropita Greek Cheese Pies101

Phyllo-Tartlets with modern mincemeat101


Page 101: Ingredients

The ingredients for the Phyllo Tartlets calls for 3/3 cup each golden raisins and currants. It should read 2/3 cup.

Faster with Fewer: Seasonal Sides102

Ever heard “sides make the meal?” When they’re fast, straightforward, and oh-so-good, that goes double.

Mashed Cauliflower with brown butter102

Creamed Swiss Chard with bacon103

Roasted Carrots & Sprouts104

Butternut Squash Gratin105

Ask The Editors106

Grand Finale: Opera Cake108

This indulgent dessert hits all the high notes — it looks amazing, tastes incredible, and can be made ahead!