make-ahead roast beef roll-ups with horseradish spread

I’m always looking for ideas for tasty foods that can be put together in advance. This is just one of those. The prepared wraps can be stored in the refrigerator for several days before slicing and serving. And, get this …they can be frozen! C’mon, folks. It doesn’t get much better than that.

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authentic whole-grain mustard

Who would ever think that making your own mustard is easy? We’re not talking about any old mustard here. This one is full of flavor and texture. And you can totally customize it to suit your family’s preferences.

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julia’s walnut cake with french butter icing

This cake. It is probably the most requested cake in the history of my family. I do not say that lightly. It’s the one that would be devoured at countless celebrations. The tale of my history with this recipe is a bit long but definitely worth telling.

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white beans with broccoli rabe & lemon

Looking for a side dish? One that is easy, delicious & healthy? I’ve got one right here for you. It can be ready in just thirty minutes. You can serve it with chicken or pork or fish. Just about anything. Actually, it’s pretty darn good all by itself.

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white bean cassoulet with pork & lentils

Cassoulet is a rich, slow-cooked casserole originating in the south of France, typically containing meat, pork skin and white haricot beans. The dish is named after its traditional cooking vessel, the cassole, a deep, round, earthenware pot with slanting sides. For this one, we’ll be using our slow cookers.

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pumpkin spice mousse

For the pumpkin purists out there. You’re probably on pumpkin overload by now. It’s amazing how many pumpkin dishes are featured this time of year. You know the ones …pumpkin pasta, pumpkin bread, pumpkin soup. This one is simply fluffy pumpkin at its best. That’s why I had to share just one more.

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braised beef pot pie

We’re calling this a braised beef pot pie. Actually, it’s an amazing beef stew that can be served with a topping of flaky puffed pastry. The whole thing is enriched with red wine and spends quite a bit of time in the oven. The final result is exceptional.

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