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Parmesan Spinach Cakes

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If you like spinach-cheese pie, try these simple but elegant-looking little spinach cakes.

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Simple Sauteed Spinach

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Sautéed spinach (or any greens) with garlic and a squeeze of lemon (or vinegar) is a simple formula that lets spinach shine and will never go out of favor.

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Root Vegetable Gratin

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The rich flavor of Gruyère cheese brings out the nutty flavor of the roots in this creamy gratin. Any combination of roots works in this recipe, but if you use red beets, they will streak the gratin with bright color.

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Roasted Parsnip Soup

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The earthy flavor of parsnips goes especially well with fragrant pears, but carrots or even rutabaga work nicely in this soup as well. Serve it as a first course or as a light main dish with a crusty whole-grain bread.

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Brown Rice & Goat Cheese Cakes

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Medium-grain brown rice has a toothsome texture and nutty flavor that complement creamy, earthy goat cheese in these elegant cakes. Serve over salad greens as a main course.

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Squash Rounds with Shallot-Cider Sauce

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A richly flavored caramelized shallot-cider sauce turns baked butternut squash rounds into a beautiful starter or side dish for a fall party.

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Brussels Sprouts with Chestnuts & Sage

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Chestnuts and Brussels sprouts are a classic pair—the toasty, rich nuts balance the sprouts. This dish cuts down on the holiday oven gridlock because it can be done on the stovetop.

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Hanukkah Party Ideas

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Family Holiday Ideas For Hanukkah

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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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