Hudson Valley Club Sandwich

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Hudson Valley Club Sandwich
A standout from 2009, the Hudson Valley club sandwich makes it irresistible to eat healthfully (note the white bean paste, whole grain bread and five different vegetables).

Get the recipe: Hudson Valley Club Sandwich

Cornmeal-Crust Pizza with Greens and Ricotta

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Cornmeal-Crust Pizza with Greens and Ricotta
Defiantly wholesome, this cornmeal-crust pizza topped with braised chard, ricotta, caramelized garlic, and bacon is indulgent enough to satisfy any cravings.

Get the recipe: Cornmeal-Crust Pizza with Greens and Ricotta

Maya Angelou's Banana Pudding

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Maya Angelou's Banana Pudding
At age 19, Maya knew one thing for sure—that her banana pudding was the best.

Get the recipe: Maya Angelou's Banana Pudding

Pappardelle with Peas and Parmesan

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Pappardelle with Peas and Parmesan
It's fine to use frozen peas (try petit pois for a more delicate flavor), but don't skimp on the fresh pasta.

Get the recipe: Pappardelle with Peas and Parmesan

Maine Crab, Green Apple, and Avocado Salad with Parmesan Tuiles

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Maine Crab, Green Apple, and Avocado Salad with Parmesan Tuiles
You can vary the quantity of crab in this elegant salad, depending on whether it's being served as a meal (1 pound) or side dish (1/2 pound). The dressing is so good, you may want to double the recipe and save some for later.

Get the recipe: Maine Crab, Green Apple, and Avocado Salad with Parmesan Tuiles

Red Pepper and Fennel Soup

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Red Pepper and Fennel Soup
When Oprah tasted this at an event catered by Norma Jean Darden, she went into the kitchen to meet the chef, she loved it so much!

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Bolognese Sauce

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Bolognese Sauce
This sauce takes a lot of time—it should simmer for four to five hours—but it does not require much skill or effort. Once the vegetables are chopped, all that's left to do is add ingredients and stir. This gives you plenty of time to shower, tidy up your house and do whatever else you need to do to prepare for your dinner guest.

Get the recipe: Bolognese Sauce

Sausage Rolls with Worcestershire Sauce

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Sausage Rolls with Worcestershire Sauce
Throwing a party? These scrumptious rolls give cocktailers something delicious to nibble on.

Get the recipe: Sausage Rolls with Worcestershire Sauce

Mushroom Quesadillas on Whole Wheat Tortillas

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Mushroom Quesadillas on Whole Wheat Tortillas
In this wholesome, guilt-free version of classic Mexican comfort food, salt, rather than oil, crisps up earthy whole wheat tortillas, and they're layered witha luscious mix of mushrooms and baby spinach. The result: a perfect appetizer to pass around your next south-of-the-border soiree.

Get the recipe: Mushroom Quesadillas on Whole Wheat Tortillas

This recipe is from Jewels and Jill's Healthy Festive Menu

Egg Salad with Tarragon Mustard

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Egg Salad with Tarragon Mustard
Now that health studies say that eggs are good for you, go all out and spike your egg salad with spicy mustard and tarragon!

Get the recipe: Egg Salad with Tarragon Mustard