I made a batch of these as a birthday gift for a friend. It’s so easy! You just follow the directions to make the cookies on the back of your favorite chocolate chips (mine are Ghirardelli) then go crazy with the mix-ins! I used peanut butter chips, chocolate chips and pretzels. Next time toffee bits …

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More than any recipe, this is the one that terrifies novice and seasoned cooks alike. You can breathe easy. I’ve figured out the hard stuff so you can be the hero. Thanksgiving Turkey 1 (18-20 lb.) turkey 1 stick unsalted butter (room temperature) 2 lemons (quartered) 1 whole head of garlic (halved) 1 tablespoon salt …

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Brining your turkey is the best way to add flavor and ensure tender meat. Turkey Brine Dry ingredients: 2 cups kosher salt 2 cups brown sugar 10 whole cloves 10 cardamom pods 1 tablespoon sliced fresh ginger 2 bay leaves 1 tablespoon whole black peppercorns 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper 1 whole nutmeg (slightly crushed) 1 …

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image courtesy of Pottery Barn Gravy. It’s definition both culinary and colloquially means all things lovely, and is the perfect place to start my Thanksgiving recipes. I’ve always been disappointed by the amount of juice rendered off a turkey after it cooks. It’s never enough to make very much gravy. In this house not enough …

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The boys invited a friend over tonight for a “sleep” over. This recipe is perfect for feeding other peoples children. Beef Tacos 2 lb. ground beef 1 cup water 1 package taco shells or 10 small flour tortillas 1 cup shredded cheese 2 cups shredded lettuce 1 small tomato (diced) 3 tablespoons taco seasoning mix …

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This is also a really great brunch recipe! Preheat oven to 400 degrees. For the pastry: (makes 2 tarts) 2 9inch prepared pie crusts (1 box Pillsbury) 1 egg white Spray the pie plate or tart pans with cooking spray. Unroll the pie crust and gently arrange into the tart pans leaving a small overlap …

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Once when I was shopping with my son Gavin, I asked him what vegetable he’d like to have for dinner that night. “Broccoli!” he cheered. The stares I received from the other shoppers ran from amazed to annoyed. And, I must admit to a tiny amount of smug. The kid loves his veggies! His favorite …

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