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  1. Cooking challenge: Making homemade edible Christmas gifts

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    Should I infuse this vodka with bacon?

    That's not a question I expected to ask myself on a Sunday morning, but here we are. This Christmas, I'm giving homemade gifts: infused liquor and chocolate fudge. But I didn't realize it would be so hard to find an appetizing recipe for infused alcohol.

  2. From the food editor: How to make perfect, hot Crispy Roasted Potatoes

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    Sometimes, you just want a hot, crispy potato.

  3. Party like it's Christmas in Narnia with these recipes perfect for tea time

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    As a kid, I always looked for doors into other worlds. I blame Narnia. In C.S. Lewis' classic novel The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, four British children step through a magic wardrobe into Narnia, a world filled with talking animals and plenty of cozy British teas.

  4. Green Salad With Pumpkin Vinaigrette celebrates holiday season

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    Summer may officially be the season of green salads, but wintertime versions have advantages that make them worth exploring.

  5. Lightened Shepherd's Pie comforting, quick

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    When the weather gets cooler, we want to tuck into comfort food in our home. Doing a recipe makeover on a tasty-but-less-than-healthy dish is one of my favorite challenges.

  6. My holiday tradition: Making a whole bunch of beef Wellington

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    For the past 20 years, my family has looked forward to a boat parade party hosted by some of our dearest friends. The hostess provides cocktails, appetizers, dinner, desserts and a trombone choir to perform from a balcony overlooking her pool. My favorite part of the evening, though, is always the tray of mini, homemade …

    Any size of beef Wellington is assembled with beef, duxelles (a mushroom mixture), puff pastry and egg wash. When making individual Wellingtons, be sure to watch the portion size.
  7. Tampa Bay Times readers share their treasured holiday food traditions

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    When we opened this year's call for reader submissions to any treasured holiday food tradition, I had no idea what to expect.

    Jodi Kaufman of Dade City with her father.
  8. We tried pickle-flavored candy canes (w/video)

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    It is a bright December morning, and I am trying pickle-flavored candy canes.

  9. From the food editor: A weeknight dinner pork chop recipe perfect for this time of year

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    It was one of those divine cooking evenings.

    Pork with Potatoes and Pearl Onions. Photo by Michelle Stark, Times Food Editor.
  10. Five ideas for slow cooker meals, from curries to cake

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    Listen up. I know you and the slow cooker may have a tortured relationship. You chop, you season, you set the timer, hoping that a sultry, bubbling dish will greet you in 4 to 8 hours. What really happens is often more dry, more bland, more meh than that.

    Basil Chicken in Coconut Curry Sauce is perfectly spiced, colorful and delicious.