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Jam and Walnuts Thumprint Cookies

Jam-filled Thumbprint cookies have always been a big favorite on holiday cookie trays.  In my opinion, a good thumbprint cookie is buttery, with a touch of sweetness that pairs well with a not-too-sweet jam.  Favorite jam flavors include apricot, raspberry, or currant.   It is nice to use a variety of jams in a batch of cookies.  Using a variety of jams will look attractive on your cookie tray. Jam Thumbprints with Walnuts I receive a small compensation that helps support publishing this blog w hen you shop using the affiliate links. Thumbprint Cookies This thumbprint cookie recipe includes ground walnuts in the batter.  You'll find other recipes that roll the cookie in ground nuts before baking, but I like to mix my walnuts right into the batter.   You'll want to use a food processor or nut grinder to make sure your nuts are ground up finely enough. Just be sure you don't grind them into a paste when using a food processor.  Do you prefer hazelnuts, pecans, or

Elegant Horseradish Encrusted Beef Tenderloin

What can you serve for an elegant dinner party or special holiday celebration?  Beef tenderloin has become my go-to choice because it is easy to prepare, is appreciated by guests, and can be served at any temperature. This Horseradish Encrusted Beef Tenderloin is a favorite. An Elegant Beef Tenderloin for Special Occasions Horseradish Encrusted Beef Tenderloin Do you find it easy to host a dinner party for twelve, or are you gripped with fear and dread?  Do you willingly invite family and friends in for easy, relaxed celebrations, or does panic set in when it is your turn to host a family gathering?  This Horseradish Encrusted Beef Tenderloin is a perfect dish for a special dinner that won't wear you out with the preparation.  One of the ways to overcome entertainment fear and panic is to develop a menu that is simple to prepare, is flexible to cook, and is easy to serve either buffet-style or at the table.   Beef tenderloin is a good choice as the entree to serve a large

Roasted Butternut Squash Soup

Butternut Squash Soup Three Ways Butternut squash soup is one of my favorite fall and winter soups.  It actually may be my favorite soup of all, but sometimes I think my favorite soup is whatever one I am eating that day.  Over the years I've made multiple versions of butternut squash soup.  The one I favor often depends on the ingredients I have on hand, the weather, or how much effort I am wanting to expend.  Today I'm sharing my three favorite versions of butternut squash soup.  The first is quick and easy, the second is spicy, and the third is decadent. Easy Roasted Butternut Squash and Apple Soup Some of my recipes for butternut squash soup take a little time to make but there are those days when I am just too busy for my usual butternut squash soup preparation.  This recipe for Roasted Butternut Squash and Apple Soup is perfect for those days when you are in a hurry and crave butternut squash soup! Easy Roasted Butternut Squash and Apple Soup This re