• "Sometimes, the best dinners are also the easiest to prepare. Not only does today's recipe fall right into that category, but it's also incredibly good for you! It's a steamed salmon that cooks directly on top of a bed of sauteed white beans. This bright meal gets an extra pop of flavor from fresh lemon juice and a sprinkle of parsley. What does that mean for you? It means that the healthiest dinner around is also one of the most delicious! Bon appetit!"

    -Everyday Food's Sarah Carey

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    Steamed Salmon with White Beans

    3 tablespoons olive oil
    2 cans (15.5 ounces each) cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
    1 tablespoon finely grated lemon zest (from 1 lemon), plus wedges for serving
    1/2 teaspoon chopped fresh rosemary
    1/2 cup chicken broth
    4 skinless salmon fillets (4 to 6 ounces each)
    Coarse salt and ground pepper
    1/2 cup fresh parsley


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  • Mmm-erry Christmas!Mmm-erry Christmas!Looking for something other than cookies to serve at your holiday bash? Try cake pops! Red and green sprinkles can transform a standard confection into a bite-sized Christmas dessert.

    Ingredients

    Baked cake (your favorite box mix)
    1 can of frosting
    Red and green candy sprinkles
    White candy coating (2-3 bags)
    Lollipop sticks
    Brick of Styrofoam
    Parchment lined baking sheet

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    Directions

    1. Bake your cake according to the box instructions and set aside to cool completely. Prep your sprinkles by putting them into a small bowl or plate.

    2. Crumble the cake finely into a bowl. Discard any hard edging of the cake that does not crumble neatly. Spoon in 1/2 - 3/4 the can of frosting and use your hands to mix the frosting thoroughly into the cake.

    3. Using your hands, scoop out a small portion of cake and roll it into a ball and place on a parchment lined baking sheet. Once all the cake is

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  • By Food & Wine

    Adding cardamom to these crispy cookies gives them a subtle spiced flavor. You can fill the thumb print with other jams or with chocolate. More Christmas Cookies

    Cardamom ThumbprintsCardamom Thumbprints

    Cardamom Thumbprints
    INGREDIENTS
    1 cup fine almond flour
    1 cup all-purpose flour
    1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom
    1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
    1 stick unsalted butter, softened
    1/2 cup sugar
    1 large egg
    1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
    One 10-ounce jar apricot, seedless raspberry or strawberry jam

    DIRECTIONS
    1. Preheat the oven to 350°. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper. In a small bowl, whisk the flours with the cardamom and salt. In a medium bowl, using an electric mixer, beat the butter with the sugar at medium speed until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Beat in the egg and vanilla. At low speed, beat in the dry ingredients. Gather up the dough and knead a few times to form it into a ball.
    2. Using a small ice cream scoop or a tablespoon measure, portion the

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  • Homemade Pumpkin Spice MarshmallowsHomemade Pumpkin Spice MarshmallowsIf you crave Pumpkin Spice Lattes, your life is about to get tastier than ever! Because you are FIFTEEN minutes away from homemade pumpkin spice marshmallows. I know, you think homemade marshmallows are cause for panic. I mean, who makes marshmallows, other than those uppity gourmet group of impossible foodies? The answer…YOU DO! Homemade marshmallows are absurdly quick and easy to make. If you have sugar, corn syrup, unflavored gelatin, and a stand mixer, you're about ready to rock this recipe into your cocoa. You simply dissolve the gelatin in water, whip up a boiling sugar syrup, then mix it all together until light and fluffy. The recipe below details everything you need to know to get this recipe happening in your own kitchen stat.

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    Try serving these delicious pumpkin spice marshmallows in a mug with your favorite cocoa, coffee, or even a vanilla steamer. They're absolutely delicious!

    Homemade Pumpkin Spice

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  • Mastering meringue ultimately takes the finessing that comes only with experience. Still, the foolproof tips and techniques explained below can shorten your learning curve. Remember, practice plus patience makes perfect, and if you have to start over, keep in mind, it's just eggs and sugar.

    Eggs

    The smallest fleck of fat can be the downfall of an entire meringue. (Fat causes the light, airy beaten egg whites to deflate.) If this happens to you, the most likely culprit is a piece of yolk from imperfectly separated eggs. A few egg-related precautions:

    Cold eggs are easier to separate, but room-temperature whites attain more loft when whisked. Separate the eggs while cold, and then let the whites stand, covered, at room temperature for at least 30 minutes before beating.

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    Crack eggs on a flat surface, such as your countertop, rather than the edge of a bowl. This reduces the chance that a shard of shell will

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  • Meet the sweeties gorgeous enough to swap, but simple enough to mix up in a single bowl. Finally, Christmas cookies that won't make you crazy! By Yvonne Ruperti, REBDOOK.


    Fat mints
    Prep time: 15 minutes
    Chilling time: 1 hour
    Cooking time: 12 minutes

    Vanilla dough:
    1 stick plus 2 Tbsp (10 Tbsp total) unsalted butter, very soft
    ½ cup sugar
    1 large egg yolk
    1 tsp peppermint extract
    ½ tsp vanilla extract
    1½ cups all-purpose flour

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    Chocolate dough:
    1 stick plus 2 Tbsp (10 Tbsp total) unsalted butter, very soft
    ⅔ cup sugar
    1 large egg yolk
    1 tsp peppermint extract
    ½ tsp vanilla extract
    1½ cups all-purpose flour
    ¼ cup cocoa

    Filling:

    1 (7.5-oz) jar Marshmallow Fluff
    1 cup crushed candy canes (2 cups if making vanilla and chocolate dough)

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    1. In a large bowl, stir butter, sugar, and a pinch of salt until combined. Stir

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  • By Lauren Le Vine, REDBOOK.


    The Opening Day Bloody MaryIt's often said that every story has already been told, and new ones are just variations on the same themes. Transfer that analogy to food and put it in the competitive pressure cooker of 2013, and you've got the year in food. No one seemed content to create simple, new recipes. Instead, the culinary-minded combined already complicated foods and drinks, with each iteration adding on more and more to one-up the previous ones. Here are 10 epic concoctions that had us talking this year.

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    1. The Opening Day Bloody Mary
    This was the stunt that started it all and made us pay attention. O'Davey's Pub in Wisconsin created this epic cocktail to celebrate the Milwaukee Brewer's Opening Day. For only $5, patrons could get a Bloody Mary topped with a soft pretzel, cheeseburger, nachos, bacon, cheese curds, popcorn, and more.

    2. The Cronut

    Could anyone have predicted the hysteria that would result when

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  • Cranberry Goat Cheese Canapés; Asparagus-Blue Cheese CanapésDress up your holiday party with the most mouthwatering appetizers of the year. First up is an assortment of Asparagus-Blue Cheese Canapés and Cranberry Goat Cheese Canapés. Make the cranberry mixture up to 3 days ahead of time and assemble the canapés the day of your party. Not a blue cheese fan? Use any soft, crumbly cheese you like.


    Cranberry-Goat Cheese Canapés

    Ingredients

    1 1/2 cups fresh cranberries, chopped
    3 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
    3 tablespoons sugar
    1 1/2 tablespoons minced fresh jalapeño pepper
    3/4 teaspoon grated fresh ginger
    Canapé Toast Squares
    1 (5.3-oz.) container spreadable goat cheese
    Garnish: roasted, salted, and shelled pepitas (pumpkin seeds)

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    Preparation

    1. Stir together first 5 ingredients in a medium bowl. Let stand 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add salt and pepper to taste.

    2. Spread each toast square with cheese, and top with a small spoonful of cranberry mixture.

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  • Enjoy a Christmas classic.Enjoy a Christmas classic.I'm not going to deny it: I've always wondered what figgy pudding actually is, and why it's not as popular in the United States as it is in Europe. It's figgy. It's pudding. How can it not be great? After doing a little research, I found myself tempted to give it a go this holiday and make my own. Figgy pudding comes from our good friends from "across the pond." Their version is not too far from what I have for you today, but there are a few differences. The original version is made with suet, a hard beef or mutton fat. Considering that suet is not readily available in most parts of this country, I'm substituting good ol' butter. Also, figgy pudding is made in a pudding or bundt pan and steamed on the stove top for hours. For the purpose of putting a spin on the traditional, I'm making this figgy pudding in individual portions and steaming in the oven to cut the cook time in half. Don't worry, though - you figgy pudding traditionalists can still light these on fire for an amazing

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  • By Leah Bourne, The Vivant


    olive oil
    Well, we are feeling seriously duped right now. According to two new studies by researchers at UC Davis, an estimated 69 percent of all store-bought extra virgin olive oil in the U.S. is fake.

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    Researchers analyzed 186 extra virgin olive oil samples against standards established by the International Olive Council (IOC), as well as methods used in Germany and Australia.

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    Here's what they found: Of the top-selling "extra virgin" olive oil brands, 73 percent of the samples failed the IOC sensory standards. Failing can mean the samples are oxidized, of poor quality, and/or adulterated with cheaper refined oils.

    The brands that failed to meet the extra virgin olive oil standards include: Bertolli, Carapelli, Colavita, Star, and Pompeian. In other words, major brands.

    According to Consumer Reports: "In Europe, the 'extra virgin' label

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