Recipe: Rosemary Shortbread Cookies — The Freezer Cookie Plate

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There's something elegant about the simplicity of shortbread cookies, especially when the flavor and richness of butter and sugar shine through. To give them some wintery flair, we added just a handful of fresh rosemary, making them special enough to go on a holiday cookie plate or package up as a homespun food gift.

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How To Make a Great Bloody Mary — Cooking Lessons from The Kitchn

The Bloody Mary is a ubiquitous brunch beverage, a supposed hangover cure-all and the perfect savory sip to accompany eggs and waffles alike. Made from a base of tangy tomato juice, seasoned with lemon juice and spices, and finished with a pour of vodka, Bloody Marys provide a savory respite from sweet brunch drinks and can be easily made by the glass or by the pitcher.

This version sticks to the classic expectations so it's got a rich, tomatoey base and a bit of heat and zip from hot sauce. But there's always room for improvement, right? So we're adding one unusual ingredient to this recipe to really make it what we're happy to call the best. And because a good Bloody Mary recipe is very much a template for further cocktail customization, we're including a few pointers for seasoning these Bloody Marys. Even if you're nursing a hangover, you can still make a pitcher of the easiest, tastiest brunch drink ever.

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Recipe: Baked Croque-Monsieur Casserole — Recipes from The Kitchn

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With Dijon mustard, thinly sliced ham, and creamy Gruyère, it seems the classic croque-monsieur was made for the casserole dish. If it's a brunch stunner you're after, or a dinner option with breakfast undertones, then this all-in-one baked take on the croque-monsieur should shoot to the top of your must-make list.

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Recipe: Caramelized Onion, Ham, and Provolone Breakfast Bread Pudding — Holiday Brunch Bakes

When it comes time to host brunch this holiday season, use this recipe that can feed a crowd. It also offers a fancy (yet super-easy!) upgrade to the classic ham and cheese breakfast casserole, starting with cubes of day-old sourdough soaked in a velvety custard that's laced with rich caramelized onions, bits of ham, and sharp provolone cheese. Better yet, we're making this casserole in a springform pan so it bakes into an elegant round that you can slice into hearty portions for brunch — or perhaps even dinner.

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Recipe: One-Pot Shrimp Scampi — Recipes from The Kitchn

There's just something about shrimp scampi that causes oohs and ahhs to break out around the table. Perhaps it's the combination of tender shrimp bathed in a buttery white wine sauce, or maybe it's the way everything gets swirled together with a hearty dash of pepper and fresh torn parsley.

For the knowing cook, this is one of the fastest dishes you can make on a weeknight — especially when everything (from the protein to the pasta) comes together in one pot. So invite your friends over tonight and tell them you're cooking up something fancy.

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How To Make Thanksgiving Leftovers Lasagna — Cooking Lessons from The Kitchn

When you've had your fill of turkey sandwiches and turkey soup, but there are still leftovers waiting to be eaten in the fridge, choose greatness. And by greatness we mean a towering lasagna filled with rippling layers of roasted Brussel sprouts, creamy sweet potatoes, Thanksgiving stuffing, and of course, the turkey. One might even argue that this next-day meal is even better than the main event itself.

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