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Festive Holiday Salad

My "signature salad" during the holidays, perfect for carrying to other homes, easy to scale up for lots of people, even to scale down for a single indulgent serving. "Bring your salad," someone will say. "Okay," I readily agree, happy to have a "signature" salad that everyone loves.For a holiday dinner, a Christmas party, a New Year's Eve supper, this is my answer to that "bring a salad" request and one I've carried into other homes for years too-many-to-count. This is no spare salad that will grace our tables come January, it's one of celebration, of exuberance, of joy, one worthy of the reason of our season. ALANNA's TIPS For greens, choose soft, buttery greens such as leafy green lettuce or leafy red lettuce. Some times, I just grab big handfuls of "mixed greens" from the lettuce section at the salad bar. Dried cranberries will go further (and you'll use fewer without sacrificing taste) if they'…

No-Roll Christmas Sugar Cookies

A quick and easy Christmas cookie, chewy, colorful and festive. They are just two buttery bites big and taste like the very best sugar cookies – without the fuss and mess of rolling! Looking for color for your Christmas cookie plate? This is it! Forget big-name chefs and hot-shot TV-food personalities. The real food celebrities are the countless home cooks who put healthy affordable meals on the table seven days a week, 52 weeks a year. You know, like you. YOU.Enter Food52, the website and new cookbook but most importantly, the first organization to coax the best recipes from the best home cooks in an organized fashion.During its first year, Food52 made two or three seasonal challenges each week.In summer, it was “Send us your best corn chowder recipe” and in winter, “Send us your best baked ham recipe”. Home cooks did send their best recipes – in droves, especially as word got out.Each week, Food52 and a growing community of contributors and followers somehow tested each challenge’s…