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Cranberry-Orange-Nut Cookies

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Crisp, moist and chewy, this cookie created by Georgene Egri of Walnut Creek, California, has the essential ingredients for the holidays: citrus, nuts and cranberries. These cookies travel well for gift-giving and lunchboxes.

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Crunchy Pear & Celery Salad

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Bartlett or Anjou pears are used in this salad for their crisp texture. The nut and cheese combination sets the tone of the dish—white Cheddar and pecans is decidedly American.

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Throw a Make-Your-Own-Pizza Party

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Let all your guests fill personal-sized pizza crust with an array of toppings to make a combination all their own. It's a great pastime for kids' parties and sleepovers.

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Pineapple-Coconut Sorbet

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A touch of coconut milk—infused with fresh ginger for a subtle kick—complements sweet pineapple and creates a luxurious consistency in this sorbet.

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Strawberry Coolers

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A batch of this good-for-you refresher turns a lazy summer afternoon into a party, with appeal for thirsty kids of all ages.

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Strawberries-and-Cream Parfaits

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To celebrate spring's fresh strawberries, our Test Kitchen jazzed up old-fashioned tapioca pudding. Grinding the tapioca in a blender makes the texture creamier, maple syrup adds seasonal sweetness and whipping cream gives these...

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Grilled Filet Mignon with Vegetable Kebabs

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You might be tempted to save beef filet for special occasions, but this low-fat cut is actually perfect weekday fare: it cooks up fast, stays juicy and carries other flavors perfectly. The kebabs are a wonderful mix of lemon,...

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Pear & Ginger Cheesecake

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Softened dried pears give this low-fat cheesecake much of its body. For the best taste, let it rest for 24 hours in the refrigerator.

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Spaghetti alla Carbonara

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In this version, the eggs are cooked into a custardlike sauce. An extra step, yes, but the technique ensures food safety.

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Watermelon-Yogurt Ice

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Inspired by creamy watermelon sherbet, our light and refreshing dessert captures the essence of summer.

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