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Christmas Pasta


Ingredients
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
4 cloves garlic, crushed
1 bay leaf, fresh or dried
1/4 pound pancetta, thick cut, chopped into small bits (Italian cured pork, ask at deli counter)
1/2 pound bulk hot Italian sausage
1 pound combined ground beef, pork and veal
1 medium carrot, peeled and finely chopped
1 rib celery, chopped
1 medium onion, chopped
1 cup good quality dry red wine
1 cup prepared beef stock, paper container or canned
2 (32-ounce) cans chunky style crushed tomatoes
A handful chopped flat leaf parsley leaves
1/4 teaspoon (a couple of pinches) allspice or cinnamon
Coarse salt and black pepper
2 pounds penne rigate, cooked to al dente
Grated Pecorino Romano, as an accompaniment
Fresh, crusty bread, for mopping

For complete directions, click here.

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Super-Chunky Christmas Cookies

Beat 1 1/4 cups sugar and 1 stick butter with a mixer until fluffy. Beat in 1 egg and 1 teaspoon vanilla extract. Add the Super-Chunky Christmas Cookie mix and mix until well combined. Scoop big round cookies (about 2 heaping tablespoons each) onto a baking sheet. Bake at 350 degrees until set, about 10 to 12 minutes. Cool on a rack.

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Mini Cocoa Cakes

Ingredients
1/2 cup butter
3 eggs
1/2 cup dairy sour cream
1-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/4 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. salt
1 cup sugar
1/2 tsp. vanilla
Light-color corn syrup

For directions, click here

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Layered Chocolate-Zabaglione Cream Cakes

Ingredients
1/2 cup unsalted butter
3 ounces bittersweet chocolate
6 eggs
1 cup granulated sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 cup sifted cake flour
White Chocolate Cream Frosting (see recipe below)
White Chocolate Zabaglione Sauce (see recipe below)
Fresh berries (optional)
White and/or bittersweet chocolate curls or shavings (optional)

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Cherry Baby Cakes

Ingredients
1-1/3 cups all-purpose flour
2/3 cup sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
2/3 cup milk
1/4 cup butter, softened
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
2/3 cup cherry marmalade or cherry preserves, large pieces snipped if necessary
30 maraschino cherries with stems, drained
1 recipe Powdered Sugar Icing*

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Stove-Top Holiday Apple Cake

Ingredients
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. baking soda
1/2 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
3 eggs
1/4 cup molasses
1 21-oz. can apple pie filling
1 cup snipped dried apricots
1 recipe Candied Fruit Sauce and/or Orange Butter Sauce

For directions, click here

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Raspberry Sugar Cookie Sandwiches

Ingredients
1/3 cup butter, softened
1/3 cup shortening
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
1 egg
1 tablespoon milk
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 teaspoon finely shredded lemon peel
2 cups all-purpose flour
Powdered sugar
1/3 to 1/2 cup raspberry, apricot, or strawberry preserves or jam or orange marmalade

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