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Mexican Ponche Navideño: Christmas Punch With Tequila

Looking for a hot drink to serve for the holiday season? This year, let’s skip the mulled wine and go for a warming classic from Mexico instead. Mexican ponche navideño is a traditional fruit punch bursting with comforting flavors and a spiced aroma that will make your home smell heavenly. Serve it like a tea …

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Make Ahead Breakfast Strata (Casserole) with Swiss Chard & Sausage

Strata is basically an egg casserole with varied fillings and a creamy custard base. It is often likened to a bread pudding. This breakfast strata is filled with swiss chard and sausage and topped with a smoky cheese. It is perfect for serving a crowd at brunch or as a stress-free make-ahead dish for holiday …

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Slow Cooker Smoky Turkey Chili with Squash & Beans

This slow-cooker turkey and butternut squash chili is the perfect dish to make for Fall and Winter, especially if you have leftover turkey from Thanksgiving. If not, the chili is also great with ground turkey, pork or beef. Or exclude the meat altogether and have an incredible vegetarian chili! The recipe is a perfect balance …

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Seafood Platters with Dip Recipes: Tinned Fish to Fresh

Those of us who like to host during the holidays will know the struggle between wanting to serve something fancy and keeping things stress free. Here are 3 DIY seafood platters that range from an easy, inexpensive tinned seafood plate to a minimal prep elegant platter with shellfish to a luxury platter or tower for …

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Traditional Pork Pozole Rojo: Pork & Hominy Stew

This traditional version of pozole rojo is a luscious slow-cooked stew made with pork, hominy, Mexican spices, and a blend of mild to moderate chile peppers. It is simple to make without a lot of hand-on time, but to develop the full flavors it should be simmered for a couple of hours. Make a big …

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How to Make Tamales: Step-by-step Tutorial for Beginners

Tamales are special. While not the easiest thing to make, the recipe below offers a few methods to make it easier by revising the step where you rehydrate, deseed and roast the dried peppers. These tamales have excellent flavor and texture and can be made even easier if you enlist family or friends in the …

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How to Tell Soft Peaks vs Stiff Peaks: Whipped Cream or Egg Whites

Recipes that include whipped cream or beaten egg whites often tell you to beat to “soft peaks” or to “stiff peaks”. What exactly does that look like and how long does it take before you see soft peaks? This is where a picture (or video) is worth a thousand words. Watch the short video below …

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English Steamed Pudding with Persimmon

The Brits do love their steamed puddings, from the Christmas “figgy pudding” to all kinds of sweet and savory renditions. After making this persimmon steamed pudding, I echo their pudding love. It was delicious, and doesn’t require specialized equipment. Most of the “time” is down time while it is steaming away. Jump to: Recipe | …

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Bobotie: A Savory South African Meat Pie

Pairing chutneys with cheese around the holidays is a classic, but they are also wonderful with savory dinner dishes. The recipe below pairs a cranberry chutney with a South African meat pie recipe known as bobotie. Traditional bobotie might use an apricot jam rather than a chutney, but bobotie is flexible enough to be made …

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