Braised chicken drumsticks with smoked paprika and green olives

On the twelfth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me Twelve drummers drumming, eleven pipers piping, ten lords-a-leaping, nine ladies dancing, eight maids-a-milking, seven swans-a-swimming, six geese-a-laying Five golden rings Four calling birds, three French hens, two turtledoves, and a partridge in a pear tree We made it! Today is the twelfth day

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Soft garlic breadsticks

On the eleventh day of Christmas, my true love gave to me Eleven pipers piping, ten lords-a-leaping, nine ladies dancing, eight maids-a-milking, seven swans-a-swimming, six geese-a-laying Five golden rings Four calling birds, three French hens, two turtledoves, and a partridge in a pear tree My original thought for pipers involved literal piping–a piping bag filled

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Lord Woolton Pie

On the tenth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me Ten lords-a-leaping, nine ladies dancing, eight maids-a-milking, seven swans-a-swimming, six geese-a-laying Five golden rings Four calling birds, three French hens, two turtledoves, and a partridge in a pear tree Not familiar with Lord Woolton pie? I don’t blame you. First published in 1941

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Homemade ladyfingers and tiramisu

On the ninth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me Nine ladies dancing, eight maids-a-milking, seven swans-a-swimming, six geese-a-laying Five golden rings Four calling birds, three French hens, two turtledoves, and a partridge in a pear tree Tiramisu, like eclairs, is mostly made of air. I know this because I have now left

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Cream puff swans

On the seventh day of Christmas, my true love gave to me Seven swans-a-swimming, six geese-a-laying Five golden rings Four calling birds, three French hens, two turtledoves, and a partridge in a pear tree. Happy New Year! Here’s hoping 2015 brings plenty of laughter, time with old and new friends, sunny days for adventuring, and

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Jam-filled baked donuts

On the fifth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me Five golden rings Four calling birds, three French hens, two turtledoves, and a partridge in a pear tree. The neighborhood caroling party anchored my family’s holiday traditions throughout my childhood: from hand-delivering invitations at every door to frantically finishing the decorations as the

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