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Tips and Techniques4

The Ultimate Dinner: Lobster Tails6

All meat and pure pleasure without the mess of whole lobsters. Here's what to look for and buy.

Holiday Eve Lobster Bisque8

A soup that is truly a meal. An elegant bisque that's easy to prepare -- perfect for any special occasion.

Seafood-Stuffed Lobster Tails10

Talk about indulgent! This over-the-top recipe of rich lobster and crab is bound to be the hit of the season.

Simple & Elegant: Spicy Citrus Shrimp12

Start to finish, this meal clocks in at about half an hour. You won't find a better meal for busy times.

Simple & Elegant: Greek Salsa Chicken14

Bright flavors are always good, especially in winter. Try this labor-light entree when you need sunshine.

Simple & Elegant: Hot Chile Turkey16

This turkey breast is a far cry from the typical holiday bird. Make a statement with this flavorful recipe.

Beef Wellington18

Classic dishes have timeless appeal -- beef Wellington is no exception. Make it your holiday dinner this year.

Port Wine Sauce21

A simple sauce for Wellington, made elegant with port and truffle butter.

Pork Wellington22

This pork tenderloin Wellington has all the makings of a great dinner. Plus, it can be done ahead!

Basic Cuisine24

Tips on handling lobster tails, pastry bags, Brussels sprouts, and shrimp.

Mashed Potatoes26

Mashed potatoes are a given during the holidays. Try these for a change.

Butter Pecan Tartlets30

Tiny tarts that are packed with big butter flavor!

Gifts for Cooks32

Give yourself a break this holiday season -- use our gift guide when shopping for your favorite cook.

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Asian Chicken Lollipops34

It's true -- an appetizer /can/ be fun and fancy all at once! These chicken wings are a case in point.

Chimichurri Meatballs36

Cocktail meatballs get dressed up for the party in this Latin-flavored dish. Get ready to rumba!

Chocolate Mocha Baked Alaska38

This blast-from-the-past dessert gets a flavor makeover. Go on, try it! It's easier than you think.

Lemon Meringue Baked Alaska41

Delightfully lemony, this Alaska is the perfect ending to a big holiday meal.

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Chocolate a l'Orange Baked Alaska

Black Forest Baked Alaska

Holiday Chocolate Peppermint Baked Alaska

Chocolate and Peanut Butter Baked Alaska

Q&A42

Piggyback Lobster Tails44

Restaurant presentation prepared in your kitchen. Perfect for broiling.

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