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    Video: Tailgating Appetizers

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    Sweet Potato-Brown Sugar Meringue Pie

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    Herb-Roasted Squash and Leeks

    Melanie Barnard / Contributor

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    Chianti Beef Stew with Porcini

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    National Coffee Day Coffeemaker Giveaway!

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    Multipurpose Blender

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  • 04.

    Video: Tailgating Appetizers

    Cooking Club / Editors

    Full Story
  • 05.

    Sweet Potato-Brown Sugar Meringue Pie

    Carrie Franzen / Contributor

    Full Story
  • 06.

    Herb-Roasted Squash and Leeks

    Melanie Barnard / Contributor

    Full Story
  • 01.

    Chianti Beef Stew with Porcini

    Janice Cole / Food Editor

    Full Story
  • 02.

    National Coffee Day Coffeemaker Giveaway!

    Cooking Club / Editors

    Full Story
  • 03.

    Multipurpose Blender

    Liz Puls / Contributor

    Full Story

Coffee and Cream Cheesecake

One batch of batter is divided to produce this delectable double-layered cheesecake. Be sure to soften the cream cheese thoroughly so that it combines easily with the other ingredients to form a smooth batter.

North African Chicken and Vegetable Stew

The spice blend of ginger, turmeric and cinnamon adds richness and is a healthful addition to this dish because of its anti-inflammatory properties. If you’re making it ahead, wait until just before serving to add the spinach; the acid in the tomatoes will discolor it. Serve with whole wheat couscous.

3 Baguette Baking Secrets

Some people take baguettes very seriously. Most of those people are French. We editors at Cooking Club are very passionate about good bread, too. We love a golden baguette that sings when you give it a soft squeeze as the crust crackles and flakes around the spongy crumb.

Classic Soft Pretzels

You don’t have to visit a street fair or stadium to enjoy a warm, chewy soft pretzel. You can replicate those tasty treats at home. In this recipe, beer adds an intriguing fermented note and baked baking soda replaces food-grade lye, the commercial ingredient typically used to give pretzels their beautiful color and unique flavor.

Orchard-Fresh Apple Pie

This is apple pie as it should be: strong on the apple flavor with a touch of cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves. Cooking down a mixture of apple juice, sugar, flour and spices results in a syrup that helps give the pie its intense taste. The best apples to use are Jonagold, Fuji or Braeburn.

Butternut Basics

Butternut squash, with its golden-orange flesh, buttery smooth texture and touch of sweetness, is a stand-out ingredient in soups, stews, risottos, casseroles--even desserts. The pear-shaped, long-necked squash is in markets now through the winter.

Salmon with Garlic-Butter Mop

This recipe comes from Cooking Club member Ruth Marchetti. Ruth still fixes this salmon specialty twice a month. “Family and friends who love fish rave about it,” she says.

Peanut Butter-Banana Fluffernutter Bars

Fluffernutter sandwich fans will love these bar cookies. Avoid using natural peanut butter because it may separate during baking. For a really over-the-top dessert, sprinkle crumbled bars over a sundae of halved bananas and ice cream; drizzle it with chocolate sauce and add a dab of marshmallow creme.

Seared Beef Sirloin with Pomegranate Salsa

Pomegranates and beef? The combo may seem odd, but here it’s a match made in heaven. You’ll love the contrast of the crunchy salsa with the meatiness of sirloin. Shorten prep time by purchasing ready-to-use pomegranate seeds, sold in the produce section.

Lime-Jalapeño Grilled Chicken

Audra Pyle’s family keeps her on her toes in the kitchen. “They get bored eating the same old stuff,” the Cooking Club member explains. Fortunately, they’re willing to try new recipes and aren’t afraid to be honest with their opinions. “My motto is ‘If we don’t like it, I won’t fix it again.’” Her family gave this dish a thumbs-up.

Orange and White Chocolate Layer Cake

An old-fashioned hot-milk cake turns into a spectacular layer cake when enriched with white chocolate and paired with a white chocolate-cream cheese frosting. White chocolate curls top the cake for a final, festive flourish.

Garlic-Chive Accordion Potatoes

These textured baked potatoes are easy to prepare: Simply slice, season and bake. The potatoes do the rest as they spread into a fan shape.

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