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  1. Roasted Beet Onion Soup brings health benefits by the bowl

    Health

    Beets are everywhere — in the produce department, health food columns, smoothie cookbooks. Organic fresh beets are a two-for-one bargain because both the tops and the roots contain valuable nutrients.

    Special to the Times Roasted Beet Onion Soup tastes good and brings health benefits.
  2. Smoky Sweet Potato Latkes rich in taste, nutrients

    Health

    During college, I took a class on global populations and food. I'm sure it was a fine class, but only one lesson has stuck with me in the 25 years since.

    Unsweetened applesauce and plain Greek yogurt or sour cream make a fine accompaniment to Smoky Sweet Potato Latkes.
  3. Winter White Bean Bruschetta packs in flavor and fiber

    Health

    Parties can be tricky territory for the healthy eater. If you host, you want to serve guests something tasty enough to make the occasion feel special. And if you are a guest, you want to bring something that's delicious and impressive but won't totally blow your diet. My solution? Tuck something nutritious and delicious …

    You’ll be the hit of the party when you make this nutritious, delicious Winter White Bean Bruschetta.
  4. Enjoy Chocolate Almond Crescent Cookies without any guilt

    Health

    When I was 5, my mom invited a bunch of my kindergarten girlfriends and their moms over for cookies, cocoa and caroling to celebrate the holidays. That tradition turned into an annual holiday ritual, and I grew up equating the holiday season with massive amounts of baking, particularly cookies.

    The secret weapon in Chocolate Almond Crescent Cookies? White whole wheat flour, a whole-grain flour good for baking.
  5. 13th Annual Christmas Cookie Issue: Chocolate Peppermint Crunch Bars recipe

    Cooking

    ½ cup unsalted butter

    ½ cup packed light brown sugar

    1½ cups all-purpose flour

    Pinch of salt

    2 cups chopped walnuts

    ¼ cup heavy cream

    1 cup confectioners' sugar

    2 teaspoons peppermint extract

    Chocolate Peppermint Crunch Bars
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  6. 13th Annual Christmas Cookie Issue: Ginger and Lemon Cookies recipe

    Cooking

    For the topping:

    2 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon crystallized ginger

    3 tablespoons granulated sugar

    For the cookies:

    Ginger Lemon Cookies
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  7. 13th Annual Christmas Cookie Issue: Marbles recipe

    Cooking

    2 cups all-purpose flour

    ½ teaspoon baking powder

    ¼ teaspoon salt

    ½ cup light brown sugar, packed

    ½ cup granulated sugar

    Marbles
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  8. 13th Annual Christmas Cookie Issue: Mocha Cookies recipe

    Cooking

    1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature

    ½ cup granulated sugar

    2 teaspoons vanilla

    2 teaspoons instant coffee

    ¼ cup cocoa

    1 ¾ cups all-purpose flour

    Mocha Cookies
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  9. 13th Annual Christmas Cookie Issue: Rum Raisin Macaroons recipe

    Cooking

    3 large egg whites

    ½ cup sugar

    ⅛ teaspoon salt

    ½ teaspoon vanilla

    ¼ cup dark rum

    ⅓ cup raisins

    1 (14-ounce) package sweetened shredded coconut

    Rum Raison Coconut Macaroon
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  10. 13th Annual Christmas Cookie Issue: Lime Tarragon Cookies recipe

    Cooking

    1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature

    ⅔ cup confectioners' sugar

    Tarragon Lime Cookies
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