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Cheddar Cornmeal Biscuits with Chives

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These chive-flecked cornmeal biscuits taste best made with extra-sharp Cheddar, but any type of Cheddar will work.

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Angel Delights

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Frances Van Vynckt, 78, combined dates, toasted rice cereal and coconut into an easy no-bake treat that won EatingWell’s 2008 cookie contest.

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Lusciously Nutty Holiday Logs

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Registered Dietitian Mary LaRock flavored these phyllo rolls with orange and dark chocolate for a winning cookie that will be a lovely addition to any holiday cookie platter.

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Corn with Bacon & Mushrooms

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This simple combination of corn, mushrooms and bacon goes with everything from burgers to lightly scrambled eggs and toast.

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Roast Chicken and Roots

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Root vegetables are abundant in fall and winter, but they can be a little daunting: grubby and odd, and what on earth do you do with them? But roasting concentrates their sweetness, making them a natural for kids, even skeptical ones. Here, they roast below a whole chicken for an economical one-dish meal with the added benefit of soup later: just simmer the bones for a few hours with fresh carrots, onions, and celery, then strain, salt, and add a handful of pasta or rice.

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Midwinter Vegetable Soup

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This is a warming, hearty, and simple recipe that turns all your odds and end of winter vegetables into a giant pot of nourishing soup. You can prep the veggies in order as the soup cooks, and if you don't have any stale bread to add, you can do without -- but it does lend the soup a satisfying robustness Let your kids add their own cheese and a splash of olive oil from a small pitcher: they'll love feeling involved in their dinner.

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Easy Roasted Tomato Sauce

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This is an absolutely wonderful recipe for sauce: you simply halve the tomatoes, drape them with some onions, garlic, seasonings, and olive oil, and then ignore them for two hours while the oven reduces them to a caramelized and sauce-ready pan of sweet flesh. A quick run through a food mill or blender, and the sauce is ready to eat or freeze. Easy peasy. And you can make it at night, if you like, the better to not be oppressed by the heat of the oven. A side note: try buttering your hot spaghetti before saucing; it adds so much delicious richness.

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Roasted Cherry Tomatoes

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While the quality of regular tomatoes suffers in the off season, cherry tomatoes can be a delicious way to get your fix all winter long. Baking them at high heat transforms them into a succulent and flavorful accompaniment to your favorite roast chicken or beef. You could also try stirring them into freshly cooked pasta or spooning them over toasted country bread.

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Butternut Squash Risotto

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While risotto does require your attention, it is really quite simple to prepare, especially if you enlist your kids to help stir the pot. Once you get the basic formula down, you can make any number of varieties. This one, with lovely orange cubes of butternut squash, is wonderful in the cooler months, and makes for a cozy dinner when served with a salad and a hot, crusty loaf of bread.

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Lemon Garlic Roasted Chicken

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Every home cook needs a great roast chicken recipe up her sleeve. Not only is this one beautiful to look at, but it fills your home with the most amazing aroma of garlic, lemon and rosemary. Larger chickens typically have more flavor than the tiny broilers and often times you can get more than one meal out of them. Saving the carcass for making broth is also a great idea, if you are having a Martha moment. The garlic becomes tender and sweet and is wonderful spread on some crusty French bread.

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