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Making Palmiers

Roll out dough into a 14-in. x 10-in. rectangle. Sprinkle sugar over dough to within 1/2-in. of edges. Lightly press into pastry. With a knife, very lightly score a line widthwise across the…

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Making Swan Cream Puffs

To make swan necks, pipe batter into 3 dozen 2-in. long S shapes onto greased baking sheets, making a small dollop at the end of each for the head. Bake as directed.

To assemble cream puffs,…

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Marinated Mozzarella

Make a few extra batches of Marinated Mozzarella Cubes; divide among quart or pint jars. Tuck each jar into a pretty basket along with bread or crackers and give away the baskets as party favors.…

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Meatless Muffuletta

If you prefer, make Crowd-Pleasin' Muffuletta without meat. Replace the turkey, salami and ham with grilled portobello mushroom caps, fresh tomato slices and spinach leaves. You could also…

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Preparing Beef and Pepper Stir-Fry

Slice beef and peppers into thin strips.

Combine 1 tablespoon cornstarch, 2 tablespoons sherry or broth, 2 tablespoons soy sauce, garlic and red pepper flakes. Add meat and toss to coat; set…

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Sabayon Sauce Substitute

Our Test Kitchen home economists like how the sweet rose wine in our sabayon balances the tangy fruits in this recipe. You could also make the sabayon sauce with marsala, which is traditional, or…

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Second-Time Around Sweet Potatoes

Instead of just reheating any leftovers of Maple Candied Sweet Potatoes, set aside 1 cup to make Maple Candied Sweet Potato Pie.

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Secrets to Speedy Strudels

Cheese and Sausage Strudels have several make-ahead features. The night before, prepare the cheese sauce as directed; cool, cover and refrigerate. Reheat in a saucepan over low heat before…

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Serving Truffle Eggs

Dyed a robin's egg blue, Truffle Eggs bring a bit of spring to the table. To tie into our bird Nest Centerpiece, we purchased small twig nests from a craft store, set one on each dinner plate and…

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Shaping Chocolate-Tipped Butter Cookies

Shape 1/4 cupfuls of dough into logs that are 1/2 in. thick, Cut the logs into 2-1/2-in. pieces, using a ruler as your guide.

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