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  • Mouthwatering Cranberry Recipes

    Don't get bogged down thinking cranberries are just for traditional Thanksgiving cranberry sauce. There's way more to this tart treat than meets the eye!
    Photo: Wyatt CountsPhoto: Wyatt Counts

    Cranberry Oatmeal Cookies
    1 1/2 cups unsalted butter
    1 3/4 cups firmly packed light brown suar
    2 large eggs
    1 1/2 Tbsp. honey
    2 tsp. vanilla extract
    1/2 tsp. salt
    2 cups all-purpose flour
    1 (18-oz.) container uncooked regular oats
    1 (12-oz.) container cranberries, coarsely chopped
    1/2 cup golden raisins
    1 Tbsp. grated orange rind
    1 1/4 cups coarsely chopped walnuts

    Beat butter and sugar at medium speed with an electric mixer until creamy. Add eggs and next 3 ingredients, beating until blended.

    Gradually add flour and oats, beating at low speed until blended. Stir in cranberries, raisins, orange rind, and walnuts. Shape dough by 1/3 cupfuls into 1/2-inch-thick rounds on parchment paper-lined baking sheets.

    Bake at 350° for 20 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool on wire racks.

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  • Sweet Fall Treats

    Fall in love with the best of fall flavor with our favorite desserts.

    Photo: Tara SgroiPhoto: Tara Sgroi

    Plum Upside-Down Pudding Cake
    4 small red or black plums, sliced
    1/2 cup sugar, divided
    1 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice
    3/4 tsp. kosher salt, divided
    2 large eggs
    3/4 cup whole or low-fat buttermilk
    1 1/2 tsp. vanilla
    4 Tbsp. unsalted butter, melted
    3/4 cup all-purpose flour
    1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
    Sweetened whipped cream

    Combine plums, 1 Tbsp. sugar, lemon juice, and 1/4 tsp. kosher salt in a bowl, tossing gently.
    Grease sides and bottom of a 9-inch cast-iron skillet or deep-dish pie pan. Cover bottom with plum slices, overlapping slightly.

    Whisk together eggs, remaining sugar, buttermilk, vanilla, and butter until well blended.

    Combine flour, baking powder, and remaining 1/2 tsp. kosher salt; whisk into egg mixture. Pour batter over fruit. Bake at 375° for 30 to 25 minutes or until golden brown. Cool in pan about 30 minutes.

    Run tip of knife around edge of cake to loosen. Invert

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  • 5-Ingredient Appetizers

    Get your party started with these delicious finger foods. They look catered, but they're all super easy, and made with 5 ingredients, or less!

    Smoked Salmon and Fingerling PotatoesPhoto: Jean AllsoppPhoto: Jean Allsopp

    12 fingerling potatoes (about 1 lb.)
    1 1/2 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
    4 oz. thinly smoked salmon
    1/2 cup crème fraîche or sour cream
    1 Tbsp. capers

    Slice potatoes in half lengthwise, toss in olive oil, and place on a baking sheet. Bake at 425° for 20 minutes or until golden brown and tender. Let cool.

    Arrange pieces of smokes salmon on potatoes; top each with a dollop of crème fraîche and capers. Makes 2 dozen.

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    Curried Shrimp Balls
    Photo: Jean AllsoppPhoto: Jean Allsopp

    1 cup flaked coconut
    1 tsp. curry powder
    2 (8-oz.) packages cream cheese, softened
    12 oz. peeled and deveined shrimp, cooked
    2 green onions, coarsely chopped

    Combine coconut and curry powder on a baking sheet, and bake at 325° for 5 minutes or until golden. Set aside.

    Process cream

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  • Top 10 Haunted Hotels

    Whatever your ghoulish pleasure, it's the time of year when ghost stories and tales of the unknown cast their spells upon us. Plan a trip to these coastal haunts and you may be treated to frightful delights. And don't worry about that bump in the night-it was probably just the wind.

    Photo: Courtesy of Flickr/noricumPhoto: Courtesy of Flickr/noricum

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  • Top 15 Haunted Lighthouses

    Even ghosts seem to love these majestic lighthouses. Take a tour of the spooky beacons or spend the night-if you dare.

    Photo: John Churchman/CorbisPhoto: John Churchman/Corbis

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  • Seafood Soups That Take the Chill Off

    Prepare your taste buds! These seafood soups pack a flavorful punch that will leave you full and satisfied.

    She-Crab Soup
    Photo: Fran GealerPhoto: Fran Gealer

    1/4 cup butter
    3 Tbsp. minced onion
    1/4 cup all-purpose flour
    4 cups half-and-half
    1/2 tsp. salt
    1/2 tsp. freshly ground pepper
    2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
    1/4 tsp. paprika
    Dash of Old Bay seasoning
    1 lb. lump crabmeat
    2 hard-cooked eggs, finely chopped
    3 Tbsp. crab roe (optional)
    Sherry (optional)
    Garnishes: chopped hard-cooked eggs, freshly ground pepper, and fresh parsley sprigs

    Melt butter in a Dutch oven over low heat; add onion and cook over medium heat, stirring constantly 5 minutes or until tender.

    Whisk in flour until mixture is smooth. Cook 1 minute, whisking constantly. Gradually whisk in half-and-half; cook over medium heat, whisking constantly, until mixture is thickened and bubbly. Stir in salt and next 6 ingredients. Add roe, if desired, and sherry to taste. Garnish, if desired

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  • Comfort Food from the Sea

    Get your comfort-food fix from an unexpected source-the sea! Creamy casseroles, warm chowders, and flaky pot pies get a seafood makeover to keep you full and cozy on chilly nights.

    Crab Pot Pie
    Photo: Jennifer DavickPhoto: Jennifer Davick

    2 Tbsp. plus 1/2 cup unsalted butter, divided
    3 cups chopped leeks
    1 cup chopped celery
    1 cup chopped carrots
    1/4 cup all-purpose flour
    2 cups peeled, diced russet potatoes
    2 (8-oz.) bottles clam juice
    2 tsp. lemon zest
    1 1/2 tsp. seafood seasoning
    1/2 tsp. salt
    1/8 tsp. ground red pepper
    1 cup frozen peas
    1 lb. lump crabmeat, drained and picked
    1 (14.1-oz.) package refrigerated pie crusts
    1 large egg, beaten

    Melt 2 Tbsp. butter in a large Dutch oven over medium heat. Add next 3 ingredeints; cook 5 minutes. Stir in flour; cook 1 minute. Add potatoes and next 5 ingredients; bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat to low, and simmer 15 minutes or until potatoes are tender. Remove from heat.

    Melt remaining 1/2 cup butter in a small skillet over medium-low heat.

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  • Tailgating Recipes from the Sea

    Forget burgers and barbecue! Pack a cooler of crab dip, fish sliders and more for a terrific seafood tailgate.

    Seafood Kebabs
    Photo: David HillegasPhoto: David Hillegas

    12 wooden or metal skewers
    1/2 cup fresh orange juice
    1/4 cup olive oil
    2 Tbsp. apple cider vinegar
    1 tsp. minced chipotle peppers in adobo sauce
    1/2 tsp. ground cumin
    1/4 tsp. salt
    1/4 tsp. black pepper
    12 large sea scallops
    12 large shrimp, peeled and deveined with tails intact
    12 oz. snapper or other firm-fleshed fish, cut into pieces
    12 oz. smoked sausage, sliced into pieces
    1/2 red bell pepper, cut into pieces
    1/2 green bell pepper, cut into pieces

    Soak wooden skewers in water 30 minutes.

    Combing orange juice and next 6 ingredients in a bowl; set aside.

    Thread seafood, sausage, and bell pepper on skewers; place in a shallow roasting pan. Pour half of the orange juice mixture over the skewers, and chill 30 minutes.

    Preheat grill to medium-high heat (350° to 400°). Grill kebabs, turning and basting with remaining

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  • 5 Creative Ways to Serve Crab Cakes

    Are you dreaming of the perfect crab cake? We've got you covered! Put a delicious twist on this coastal staple with our 5 simple but delicious ideas for crab cakes.

    1) On a Classic BLT
    Photo: Becky Luigart-StyanerPhoto: Becky Luigart-Styaner

    Crab cake sandwiches are great, and so are BLTs, so why not combine the two? Just make our Classic Crab Cake recipe and serve on a toasted bun with mayonnaise, lettuce, 2 cooked bacon slices, and 2 tomato slices.

    Classic Crab Cakes
    2 Tbsp. sour cream
    1 large egg, lightly beaten
    1 cup soft, fresh breadcrumbs
    2 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice
    1 1/4 tsp. seafood seasoning
    1/4 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
    1 lb. fresh lump crabmeat, drained
    1 Tbsp. butter
    2 Tbsp. olive oil or vegetable oil

    Combine first 6 ingredients in a medium bowl. Fold in crabmeat Shape crab mixture into 4 (4-inch) patties; chill 1 hour.

    Melt butter with oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat; add crab cakes, and cook 4 to 6 minutes on each side or until golden.

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  • Best Beachcombing Beaches

    Hitting the beach one last time? Don't come back empty handed! Go where the pros go for coastal treasure, from sea glass and driftwood to shiny fishing floats and petrified lightning.

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    Sea Glass
    Photo: David HillegasPhoto: David Hillegas

    Where To Find It
    Playa Cofi, on the north shore of Vieques, a 30-minute flight from San Juan, Puerto Rico. The beach is sprinkled with colorful bits of bottles and jars frosted smooth by fine sand and wave action. Stateside, good bets are Hatteras Island, North Carolina, and Hammonasset Beach State Park in Madison, Connecticut.

    Why Here?
    High tide washes ashore broken bottles, jars, and dishware from nearby shipwrecks and old landfills. There's nothing like finding rare bits of red glass from old cars!

    Don't Miss
    The Beading Bikini, which sells handmade sea glass jewelry.

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    Fishing Floats
    Photo: Ted TuckerPhoto: Ted Tucker

    Where To Find Them
    Ocean Shores, Washington,

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