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Late December Meal Plan

OK, let’s get right into it. A slightly belated Happy Hanukkah for those who are celebrating that holiday. The simple joy of a plate of hot and crispy potato latkes has never been more welcome. Lean right on into that, don’t stop at one batch. If you missed the eight days, that's OK, there are no days when latkes aren't a perfect choice.
And for those who are celebrating Christmas, we are less than a week away. Here’s how I am thinking about the holidays this year: Something is better than nothing. How big a “something” in terms of cooking and budget is for each of us to determine, but I’m thinking that when I look back on this 2020 holiday season I don’t want to remember it as the holiday I made grilled sandwiches to eat while watching It’s a Wonderful Life on TV. However, that may be exactly what you feel like doing; if so, I hope you can find yourself some very nice cheese and bread.
As I write this, it doesn’t sound all that bad, actually.
If you are planning to make some holiday meals, I hope something below floats your boat.

This substantial salad is kind of joyful, with loads of different textures and flavors combining in every bite. I know not everyone shares this frame of mind, but I’ve always thought that a great layered salad can totally set the tone for a meal, especially a holiday one. The rest of my family is a lot more interested in the potatoes.

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In this recipe the lamb is first butterflied and smeared with an herby paste, and then rolled back up and tied. What this does is allow the seasonings to be distributed on the inside of the roast as well as the outside. When the meat is cut, you will see streaks of the lemon-herb mixture within the slices, which means that the rich, singular flavor of the lamb is nicely punctuated with the rub.

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Just when you thought brisket couldn't get more depth of flavor, along comes a slew of mushrooms.

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Think about this pull-apart refrigerated biscuit bread for a holiday meal or just a fun dinner with your family. This and a pot of vegetable soup would be a great vegetarian meal.

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This is the classic holiday drink, with all of the creaminess and flavor, but skipping the raw eggs. It’s really a cocktail and a dessert in one glass.

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Speaking of dessert, simple, non-show-offy sugar cookies are never to be underestimated. These have that perfect chewy but soft texture, and an ideal level of sweetness.

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A favorite in my house for the past several years. A bit of cinnamon and pure chili powder turn these crinkley chocolate cookies into something very special.

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