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Give yourself more free time by prepping and preparing these recipes in advance, because the Holidays are really all about hanging out with your loved ones.

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By GratefulSea

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Cranberry Sauce with Bourbon & Mint 1 Picture
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Servings 8
Cooking time 125

  • 1 1/2 pounds fresh or frozen cranberries
  • 1 1/4 cups granulated sugar; more to taste
  • 1/3 cup bourbon
  • 5 big sprigs fresh mint
  • 1/2 cup chopped, toasted hazelnuts

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Traditional cranberries with a hint of bourbon and mint flavors

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  • 6 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
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  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 egg whites, slightly beaten
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  • 2 1/2 teaspoon salt
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  • 1 quart boiling water
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  • 1/3 cup lukewarm water
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  • 1 cup onion, chopped
  • 1/2 cup butter
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  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
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  • 3 cups milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
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  • 1 cup powdered sugar
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  • 2 teaspoons Kosher salt, plus more to taste
  • 1 teaspoons freshly ground pepper, plus more to taste
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  • 1 teaspoon oregano, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon sweet Hungarian paprika
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  • 1/2 cup dried porcini mushrooms, about 1/2-ounce
  • 1 cup hot water
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  • 1 box refrigerated pie crusts, softened as directed on box
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  • 2 1/2 cups packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 4 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
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  • 3/4 teaspoon ground allspice
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  • 4 ribs celery, (use leaves too)
  • 1 onion, cut into chunks
  • 4 cloves garlic, smashed
  • 8 cups water
  • 10 peppercorns
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 6 tablespoons all-purpose flour
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  • 2 tablespoons Maggi sauce or 1 tablespoon soy sauce plus 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 serrano chile, stemmed, seeded, and minced
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
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  • BRISKET:
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable or olive oil
  • 1 1/2 cups diced onion, about 1 large
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  • 1 cup diced red bell pepper, about 1 large
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  • 2 serrano chiles, stemmed, seeded and minced
  • 1 (28-ounce) can diced tomatoes with their juice
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  • 8 (4-inch) crisp corn tostada shells
  • 1 cup shredded iceberg lettuce
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  • 1 (16-ounce) package wide egg noodles
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  • 2 cups whole milk cottage cheese
  • 4 large eggs, beaten, plus 2 large egg yolks, divided
  • 3/4 cup, plus 3 tablespoons sugar, divided
  • 1 vanilla bean, seeds scraped
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