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Vanilla – Almond Sugar Cookies with Royal Icing

Today was a nice day with my daughter and mother-in-law as they came over and decorated Christmas cookies.  Frosted cookies are a favorite of ours.  Every year I go searching for the perfect recipe and  I’m  excited to say  I finally found the recipes I will use for cut out cookies and royal icing for now on.  I found the …

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Pecan Tartlets

My Mom gave me this recipe. They are like eating a miniature pecan pie.  Makes 24 but I  doubled the batch so I could share these with friends.  I did keep a few for my husband as these are one of his favorites.  INGREDIENTS:3 ounces cream cheese, softened1/2 cup butter, softened1 cup all-purpose flour Filling:1/2 cup packed brown sugar1 tablespoon …

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Christmas: Butterflied Turkey with a Ricotta, Nut and Apricot Stuffing

Cooking a whole turkey is a pain in the neck, isn’t it? I can’t think of any other component of a Christmas feast that causes more anxiety to home cooks than the confounded, damned, blasted (and sometimes bloody) turkey. In this dish, my first Christmas recipe for 2011, I’ve tried to solve the twin and contradictory problems of turkey dryness …

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