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Stuffed filet mignon6

As good as (or better than) what you'd find at a steakhouse, these filets will "wow" you and your guests. The hardest part? Choosing a filling.

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Making a Pocket in a Filet

Shrimp étouffée stuffed filet mignon8

Béarnaise sauce9

Spinach-blue cheese stuffed filet mignon10

Teriyaki chicken breasts12

You won't believe the magic you can make with just 30 minutes and a few pantry staples. These Asian-flavored chicken breasts are case in point.

Saltimbocca chicken breasts14

Elegant and easy -- two of my favorite food words! This Italian classic fits them both to a T.

Michael Chiarello: Olive oil poached fish with fennel and orange salad16

Entertaining guru Michael Chiarello shows you how to prepare a dinner party that you'll enjoy as much as your guests!

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Supreming Citrus


Boneless breast of turkey19

Take out the bones, and turkey becomes a thing of beauty -- moist, tender, and a cinch to carve!

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Boning a Turkey Breast

Brown cider gravy23

Holiday sides24

Don't be surprised if these side dishes get all the attention at the table. They're *that* good.

Stand mixers26

We tell you which stand mixers are worthy of your holiday dough!

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Stand Mixers


Nothing compares with the rich, spicy aroma and taste of cinnamon. And at this time of year, using it is pretty much mandatory.

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Sinful cinnamon coffee cake30

You know it's going to be a good day when you get a whiff of this fragrant coffee cake first thing in the morning! Cinnamon has never tasted so good.

West coast cioppino32

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Cleaning Mussels

Lasagna soup34

Turkey tortilla soup36

Basic Cuisine38

This issue's nuggets of kitchen wisdom include how to "stale" bread, browning butter, peeling pineapple, and the best way to crust meats and fish.


Molto manicotti42

What has the flavor of lasagna but none of the intense labor issues? Manicotti! This sausage and chicken-stuffed pasta is a terrific winter dinner.

Squash & chard manicotti46

This delicate, rich manicotti has everything going for it -- awesome flavor, elegant looks, and only about an hours worth of work.

A royal cake48

Want to be the life of the party? Then make this cake. Chocolate, cherries, whipped cream, and more chocolate -- a party doesn't get much better!

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Splitting Cake Layers

Hot chocolate with pink peppermint cream52

Hm... white or dark chocolate? Use either in this easy recipe. Frozen peppermint whipped cream tops it off with flavorful flair.