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Merry & Bright | December 2018

Enjoy the season with good food, friends, and family. Happy Holidays!

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Gingerbread-Berry Trifle

Featuring gingersnaps, sweet jam, fresh berries, and a vanilla pudding and cream cheese custard, this trifle-meets-icebox cake is a festive centerpiece dessert for the holidays.

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White Russian Hot Toddy

The ideal after-dinner sipper on a cold winter’s night, this version uses rum instead of whiskey or vodka for a drink that will warm you inside and out.

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Chocolate Christmas Trees

Add some extra pizzazz and decorate these festive trees with fun sprinkles in different colors and shapes.

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Steak with Caper Butter

There’s never been an easier way to impress guests than with this seasoned butter spooned over sirloin. Serve with baked potatoes and a green salad.

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Snowman Cheese Ball

This adorable snowman will delight kids and grown-ups alike. For the most snow-like Parmesan, place small chunks in a food processor and pulse until fine crumbs form.

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Brussels Sprout Gratin with Bacon

Gooey Gruyère binds together creamy potatoes, crunchy bacon, and earthy Brussels sprouts in this guest-worthy side dish.

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Salad with Sweet Poppy seed Dressing and Cranberries

This salad comes together quickly with a homemade dressing that’s sure to please. Save yourself some time the night of the main event by making the vinaigrette the day before.

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Chilaquiles Skillet Casserole

Eggs are an affordable and nutritious way to add protein to weeknight dinners. Cooking them in the same skillet as the rest of the dish ensures an easy cleanup.

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Soy and Ginger–Braised Chicken

A tasty mixture of soy sauce, fresh ginger, and garlic lends loads of flavor to this budget cut of chicken, while a multi-cooker gets it on the table fast.

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Sweet Onion Brisket

Caramelized sweet onions plus a low-and-slow braise turn beef brisket into an irresistibly tender and flavorful main dish.

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Chanukah Cranberry-Pistachio Doughnut Holes

Fried pastries are a traditional part of many Chanukah celebrations around the world. These scrumptious bites are similar to treats served in Italy and Israel.

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Mini Fried Pies

Use your favorite jam or jelly to fill these mini panfried pies, or try a chocolate version using Nutella.

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Noodle Kugel with Cinnamon-Cracker Topping

Slightly salty, buttery cracker crumbs are an unexpected upgrade to this traditional Jewish side dish.

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Root Veggie Latkes

Using a mixture of different root vegetables like sweet potatoes and parsnips in addition to traditional potatoes gives more depth and sweetness to these fried Chanukah treats.

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Olive Oil Dreidel Cookies

Using olive oil in these cookies not only adds flavor but also makes them perfect for Chanukah. Let kids get creative and decorate their own with icing pens and colorful sprinkles.

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Butternut Latkes with Chipotle Mayo

A dollop of chipotle mayo gives these sweet butternut squash latkes a spicy edge.

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Latke Waffles with Smoked Salmon

This latke-waffle hybrid can be elegant served with salmon and crème fraîche, or comforting with a fried egg on top. They’re ready to eat in just 30 minutes.

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Potato Parsnip Latkes and Applesauce

Top this kid-friendly, quick and easy potato parsnip latke with warm applesauce for a new twist on a traditional Chanukkah favorite.

Holiday Entertaining

There is more to the holidays than the grand meal. You have to have something for your guests to snack on while they wait. Don't panic - we have you covered with these simple snacks.

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Marinated Mozzarella, Peppers, and Artichokes

Tossing some of your antipasti favorites with some olive oil and your own special blend of seasonings gives them a unique twist that’s sure to impress.

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Cranberry Spritzers

Hand guests this festive, nonalcoholic sparkler as soon as they walk through the door and get ready to be declared “Hostess of the Year.”

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Smoky ‘n’ Spicy Hummus

Jazzing up store-bought dip with a spicy paprika oil is a hassle-free way to satisfy hungry guests before the big meal without filling them up.

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Individual Almond-Blueberry Cheesecakes

These single-serve blueberry-topped cheesecakes feature buttery, almond crusts that will impress guests. Make them a day ahead for easy entertaining.

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Barbecue Meatball Sliders

Perfect for watching the big game or just a casual dinner, these turkey sliders will make you a winner in the kitchen no matter the occasion.

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Gingerbread Brownies

Gingerbread meets chocolate brownies in this holiday dessert. Cut stencils out from construction paper or card stock for the powdered sugar designs.

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Pumpkin Pie Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting

All the familiar flavors of your favorite Thanksgiving pie packed into one delectable, easy-to-transport cupcake.

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Pecan Pie Turtle Squares

Featuring caramel, nuts, and chocolate on a shortbread crust, this recipe brings together two dessert favorites in one bite-size treat.

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Candy Cane Dip

Holiday Traditions

Holidays are for traditions - old and new. We’ve gathered a collection of recipes that will be sure to inspire you to put a twist on an old favorite or to try something new!

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Cranberry-Glazed Ham with Horseradish-Honey Mustard

A tart glaze is a natural pairing with salty ham. For killer sandwiches, slather on lots of the sweet and tangy mustard sauce.

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Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

Got a batch of leftover quinoa? Pair it with a bag of Nature's Promise microwaveable sweet potatoes, for a dinner that's fast, filling, and shockingly simple.

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Citrus and Pomegranate Salad

Jewel-like pomegranate seeds and orange segments mingle with salty strips of prosciutto for an elegant salad worthy of the holidays.

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Brussels Sprout Gratin with Bacon

Gooey Gruyère binds together creamy potatoes, crunchy bacon, and earthy Brussels sprouts in this guest-worthy side dish.

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Chanukah Cranberry-Pistachio Doughnut Holes

Fried pastries are a traditional part of many Chanukah celebrations around the world. These scrumptious bites are similar to treats served in Italy and Israel.

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Sweet Potato and Goat Cheese Tart

This savory tart with sweet potatoes makes an elegant fall dish.

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Mixed Greens with Ham

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Shrimp with White Cheddar Grits

Tender shrimp and creamy grits come together quickly to make the perfect lunch, dinner, or even breakfast

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Cornbread Pudding

This buttery, delicious cross between corn pudding and corn bread feeds a crowd and takes just 10 minutes to prep, making it perfect for a holiday party!

Holiday Kids Collection

Kids, and the young at heart, will love these holiday treats!

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Chocolate Christmas Trees

Add some extra pizzazz and decorate these festive trees with fun sprinkles in different colors and shapes.

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Mac and Cheese with Cheddar Cracker Crumbs

A cheesy casserole to feed a crowd, this riff on classic mac and cheese incorporates spinach for some color and a topping made from crushed crackers for crunch.

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Snowman Cheese Ball

This adorable snowman will delight kids and grown-ups alike. For the most snow-like Parmesan, place small chunks in a food processor and pulse until fine crumbs form.

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Tree Trimming Cookies

Try this easy take on a traditional cookie garland. Use cookie cutters for festive holiday shapes. Glaze, decorate, and hang on the Christmas tree!

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Marshmallow Snowmen

These adorable snowmen are fun to eat on their own or to dunk into a mug of hot chocolate.

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Over-the-Top Hot Chocolate

This glorious hot chocolate tastes as delicious as it looks. Let your imagination run wild with different toppings.

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OREO Reindeer Cookie Ball Pops

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Whole Grain Cereal S'mores Treats

Classic cereal treat meets gooey s’mores in this kid-friendly dessert. Heart-shaped cutters make them perfect for Valentine’s Day. Just be sure to save the scraps for yourself!

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Brownie in a Mug

This single serving fudgy brownie is the perfect treat.