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Table of Contents

From Our Readers: Tips and Timesavers4

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Wake up with Coffee Cake6

Gifts for coffee lovers, and all about coffee beans.

Cuisine Notes: Q & A8

A look at different types of flour, Mexican vs. Spanish chorizo, salted vs. unsalted butter, how confectioner's sugar got its name - and more.


Only available for a few months during the year, these culinary jewels sparkle in holiday recipes.

Holiday Chowder12

We offer a lightened classic soup, homemade crackers that are great for munching, and a spicy seasonal trifle for dessert.

Whole-Wheat Oyster Crackers14

Gingerbread Trifles with lemon curd & grapes15

Survival Guide to Holiday Drinks16

Try our slimmed-down version of a party-season favorite.

Holiday Dinner - Turkey or Beef?18

Whether you prefer turkey or a standing rib roast, you'll love our show-off versions of these classic holiday entrées - and our easy gravy made without drippings.

Rosemary Butter-Basted Turkey Breast20

Rosemary Butter-Basted Turkey Breast with apple, sweet butternut squash & chard

Salt-Crusted Standing Rib Roast22

The Sides Make the Feast24

Maple Syrup Sweet Potatoes26

Brussels Sprouts au Gratin27

Brandied Carrots & Parsnips, Brown Butter Mashed Potatoes28

Scalloped Corn New Orleans-Style30

Simply Italian32

Belgian Endive Salad with sweet pepper vinaigrette34

Salted Caramel Tart35

Little Bites, Big Flavor36

You might not want to wait for a party to share these showy, delicious little morsels with everyone you know. Best of all, each one can be made ahead.

Salmon Mille-Feuille38

Crab and Polenta Bruschetta39

Potted Shrimp with tomatoes & herbs40

Mexican Parfaits with crispy tortilla strips41

Chocolate-Pomegranate Cakes42

Cheesecake or Pecan Pie?44

Craving two desserts? One bite of this elegant sweet will solve the problem, but you still may want to eat two slices.

Tamales at Home46

We show you everything you need to know to make this delicious Latin American holiday classic. Feliz Navidad!

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Mexican Chorizo Filling

New Mexico's Cookie 50

A spicy little sweet to enliven any holiday cookie tray.