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Pear, Apple & Cranberry Tarte Tatin

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This ultimate fall and winter tart showcases the best fruits of the season: pears, apples and cranberries. Unlike other tarts, the tarte tatin is made upside down in a skillet.

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Curried Carrot & Apple Soup

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This colorful soup is both simple and delicious. Use apples that cook up soft; McIntosh are great.

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Hot Chocolate

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Our hot cocoa is rich and chocolaty without the overly sweet taste of some packaged mixes. We give it a luxurious froth with a whisk or blender—or use a cappuccino frother if you have one.

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Butternut Squash & Pepita Dressing

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This rich, crunchy stuffing is the perfect side to the Southwestern turkey. Look for pepitas (shelled pumpkin seeds) at health-food stores and in the Southwestern aisle of gourmet markets.

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Dark Roast Creme Brulee

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Inspired by a recipe developed by Chef Patrick Grangien at Cafe Shelburne in Shelburne, Vermont, this lightened version has less than half the calories and one-eighth the fat of a classic brulee.

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Cranberry-Nut Mini Loaves with Flaxseeds

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This tender, flavorful version of a holiday staple is made more wholesome with whole-wheat flour and flaxseeds. You can easily double the recipe if you are making these baby loaves as gifts.

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Cranberry-Honey Spice Pinwheel Cookies

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These cookies boast a bright, zesty filling and spicy aroma. They make a large batch and are extremely convenient, since you can make the logs of cookie dough ahead, then pull them out of the freezer and slice and bake as many...

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Roasted Pear-Butternut Soup with Crumbled Stilton

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Stilton cheese and pears are a classic combination--the salty milky blue cheese balances the sweet, floral taste of the pears. Roasting the pears and the butternut squash caramelizes their sugar, maximizing their inherent sweetness.

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Pear Risotto with Prosciutto & Fried Sage Leaves

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Heady with ripe pear and laced with the delicate saltiness of prosciutto, this creamy risotto goes well with any roast meat or poultry. Any Parmesan cheese can be used but we recommend Parmigiano-Reggiano because its superior...

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