Nutmeg Cake

This spice cake is soaked with rum syrup, making a lovely, albeit slightly boozy, gift when wrapped in parchment and tied with a bow.

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  • 15 M
  • 1 H
  • 17

Gianduia “Nutella” Brownies

And, on the seventh day, God created gianduia (zhahn-doo-yah). The world has been a more glorious place ever since.

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  • 25 M
  • 1 H, 15 M
  • 2

Candied Orange Peel

Serve this candied orange peel on its own, toss it in granulated sugar after it dries for a festive look, or dip it in melted chocolate.

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  • 50 M
  • 12 H, 50 M
  • 0

Sautéed Onions, Chestnuts, and Bacon

This sautéed onions, chestnuts, and bacon recipe is salty, caramel-y, and ideal-y as a Thanksgiving side dish.

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  • 15 M
  • 30 M
  • 11

Roasted Fresh Ham with a Maple-Spice Glaze

Don’t try to rush this ham. It’s slow roasted in a maple glaze that imbues the porky deliciousness with cinnamon, allspice, cloves, and nutmeg.

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  • 10 M
  • 5 H
  • 2

Barq’s Root Beer-Glazed Ham

Sassfras, ginger, nutmeg, cloves, and anise enhance the smoky, saltiness goodness of glazed ham.

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  • 30 M
  • 4 H, 30 M
  • 1

Burgundian Honey Spice Bread

More nuanced than gingerbread and not at all like fruit cake, this French tradition is fragrant with spice.

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  • 15 M
  • 1 H
  • 6

Meme’s Pound Cake

This pound cake is rich with creamery butter, freckled with vanilla seeds, and knee-wobbingly crisp and sugary at the edges from—you guessed it—sugar.

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  • 20 M
  • 1 H, 20 M
  • 3

Cranberry Pistachio Panettone

Panettone, traditionally served at Christmas, is gussied up here with cranberries and pistachio but. The panettone are made in small molds or coffee cans.

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  • 30 M
  • 5 H
  • 1

Baked Country Ham

One of the South’s greatest achievements, baked country ham takes its salty sweet smack from a glaze of mustard, vinegar, and cloves.

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  • 15 M
  • 3 H, 15 M
  • 3

Walnut Stars

These walnut cookies are made with ground walnuts, giving them a delicate flavor and texture. A zig-zag of chocolate on top lends a festive touch.

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  • 35 M
  • 2 H
  • 0

Gingerbread Pancakes

Gingerbread pancakes, a perfect holiday treat, are filled with warm spices, including ginger. Gingerbread pancakes are a unique weekend breakfast.

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  • 45 M
  • 3 H, 45 M
  • 6

A Jolly Olde Christmas Redux

Food history editor Gary Allen looks at the food traditions of the merriest of holidays and finds interesting ties to the Middle Ages and the Renaissance.

Peace & Pleasure: A Holiday Menu to End Tryptophan Overload

Can’t face turkey or ham this holiday season? Consider Cornish game hens. They offer variety, impress guests, and allow for culinary customization. Plus they won’t knock you into a tryptophan stupor.

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