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One Nutty Date

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Financial advisor Linda Croley was inspired by childhood memories of a family treat when she created these peanut butter-date cookies. "I get a great feeling when I bite into these cookies and think of my family who are around me...

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Pear Crumble

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This easy, comforting pear crumble is sure to please. Serve it as is or with low-fat ice cream.

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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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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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Bistro Beef Tenderloin

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Tenderloin is the most luxurious cut of beef. Although it’s a fantastic dinner-party dish, leftovers the next day are pure heaven.

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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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Pineapple Coconut Bites

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A retired writing professor and mother of two daughters, Jessie Grearson got inspiration for these mini tarts from a pineapple-coconut bar that her mother used to make. Her version successfully uses whole-wheat pastry flour and...

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Cheesy Polenta & Egg Casserole

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This memorable brunch centerpiece is rich with cheesy polenta, crumbled sausage and baked eggs.

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Orange-Scented Green Beans with Toasted Almonds

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Toasted nuts and fresh orange zest adorn these versatile green beans. Toast the nuts while you steam the beans and you have a polished addition to any meal ready in 15 minutes flat.

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