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Mini Chocolate Hazelnut Tarts

If you're looking for a dessert worthy of a holiday (let alone a new decade), look no further. Rich, smooth, and decadent on the inside; crunchy and nutty on the outside. The full effect? Nothing short of fabulous. Enjoy as a "small bite" portion with coffee after dinner, or allow yourself the total indulgence of savoring the full tart. What we love about this recipe…

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7 Easy Primal Holiday Appetizers

A Primal buffet is no ordinary buffet. Primal types are used to real food after all, and we don't shy away from the rich, meaty and decadent. We expect flavor. We expect satisfying fare—even when it's in the form of "small bites." Whether you're hosting the party or contributing to someone else's spread, we've got seven tasty and filling recipes that will appeal to any…

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Rosemary Holiday Ham

'Tis the season for impressive meats, and ham is certainly one of the classics. Tender, savory and salty, it's easy to love—and, thankfully, easy to prepare. Store-bought hams are typically cured either with nitrites or celery powder and smoked. Since the ham is already cooked, you're essentially adding flavors you'd like and warming it before serving. Look for a ham without glazes, and with minimal…

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13 Holiday Desserts

Although our holiday menus revolve around the delicious meats and savory sides, there's still a soft spot for many of us when it comes to holiday sweets. Whether it's baking cookies this time of year or serving show-stopping desserts at our holiday tables, we might give a little more leeway for treats as part of the special occasion. Below we've got recipes for every taste…

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Bacon-Wrapped Water Chestnuts

The best appetizers should be a surprising, satisfying confluence of flavor and texture—in a single mouthful. Yes, it's a bit of a tall order, isn't it? Nevertheless, we think the salty, crisp bite of these bacon-wrapped water chestnuts deliver exactly that. Did we mention the sweet-savory tang of teriyaki is there, too? But maybe we had you at the word bacon....

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Bacon-Wrapped Stuffed Dates

Can a party spread ever have enough bacon-wrapped delicacies? We didn't think so.... While many bacon appetizers go full-on savory, we like the natural sweetness of this one. The contrasts of tastes is enough to inspire, but this one's a symphony of texture, too. The softness of date with the cream of blue cheese and crunch of pecan all wrapped in chewy bacon can feel…

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