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Italian Kits Make Perfect Gifts

  Everyone loves Italian food, and this simple dinner kit will go down a treat. Just add some good-quality pasta and a generous lump of Parmesan to finish off the gift. For the Basil pesto: Preparation : 15 minutes Makes: about 12oz 1 small clove garlic 1 cup pine nuts toasted 2 cups basil leaves [...]

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White Chocolate and Rosemary Truffles

  These rich and interesting truffles offer a delicate balance of white chocolate with aromatic rosemary. I find that the rosemary tempers the sweetness of the white chocolate so it doesn’t end up too sickly. See what you think. PREPARATION: 40 minutes COOKING: 5 minutes MAKES: about 30 Scant ½ cup heavy cream A large [...]

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Hokey Pokey Candy

  This recipe brings out the child in me: I still love watching the mixture fizz and bubble—volcano-like—as the baking soda reacts with the hot sugar syrup to make this wonderful honeycomb. PREPARATION: 25 minutes, plus setting COOKING: 10 minutes MAKES: 12oz 4 tbsp corn syrup Scant 1 cup granulated sugar 3 tbsp unsalted butter, [...]

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Candy Penguins

  *These adorable candy penguins come from Candy Aisle Crafts by Jodi Levine* Mama and baby penguin cuddle next to a pile of rock candy ice. Note that for the penguin baby, you use only one black gumdrop for the body and a black Haribo Raspberry for the head. Add the beak by scraping away [...]

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Slow Cooker Butter Chicken

  Chicken tikka masala has become an international phenomenon served in Indian restaurants all over the world; it’s so beloved in England that it’s sometimes referred to as the national dish! The original recipe, known as butter chicken, came from one of the first tandoori restaurants in Delhi, Moti Mahal. Tandoori chicken pieces were added [...]

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Crunchy French Toast

  This is basically the fried-chicken equivalent of French toast. I like to use challah bread for maximum scrumptiousness, but you can also use cinnamon raisin bread or any sliced bread to your liking. Serves 3 2 Eggs ¼ Cup Whole Milk ½ Teaspoon Vanilla Extract ¼ Teaspoon Ground Cinnamon Pinch of Salt 1 Tablespoon [...]

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Five-Spice BBQ Pulled Pork

  Once the pork is in the slow cooker, you’re free for a good eleven hours while it simmers away into succulent, fork-tender shreds. The side of slaw adds more crunch and zing. This is a dinner we like to serve when we’re all home; it’s a family favorite. Serves 6 2 cups chicken stock [...]

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Hanoi Grilled Chicken

From the Author of The Banh Mi Handbook: Brilliant foods are often simple foods. I had this tangy-salty grilled chicken at a Hanoi cafe in 2003 and was struck by its bright flavor.  So much so that I replicated it upon returning to the States. It’s great with rice but is perfectly at home stuffed [...]

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PB&J Chocolate Bars

  These bars are inspired by a favorite childhood snack: peanut butter and jelly on saltine crackers. Print PB&J Chocolate Bars Prep Time: 25 minutesTotal Time: 55 minutes Yield: Makes 36 Bars IngredientsFOR THE CRUMB BASE 1 stick unsalted butter ¹/³ cup granulated sugar ¹/³ cup unsweetened cocoa powder 1 large egg, beaten 1 sleeve [...]

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Homemade Twix Bars

  From the author of Treat Yourself:  The Twix was my go-to candy bar, my movie companion, my lunchtime fascination, my trade-anything-for-it Halloween treat. When the mini-Twix came out, long after I became an adult who no longer had the metabolism to eat them daily, I thought them heaven sent, even though their arrival meant [...]

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