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31 Delicious Things To Cook In December

The best way to stay warm is to start eating and drinking and never stop.

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1. Simple Salty Sweet Potato Skins

Snack time. Recipe here.
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Snack time. Recipe here.

2. Crispy Shredded Sprouts, Cider Short Rib, and Caramelized Shallot Pizza

All those Brussels sprouts mean this is basically a salad. Recipe here.
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All those Brussels sprouts mean this is basically a salad. Recipe here.

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3. Cannellini and Escarole Soup with Garlic Oil

This soup tastes even better the next day, so be sure to bring leftovers for lunch. Recipe here.
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This soup tastes even better the next day, so be sure to bring leftovers for lunch. Recipe here.

4. Brown Butter Cinnamon Rolls

Winter is the time for sweet, carb-y breakfasts. Recipe here.
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Winter is the time for sweet, carb-y breakfasts. Recipe here.

5. Farro Risotto with Squash and Kale

For days when you want something to warm you up and soup just won't do. Recipe here.
alexandracooks.com

For days when you want something to warm you up and soup just won't do. Recipe here.

6. Harissa, Broccoli, and Spinach Wild Rice Casserole with Prosciutto

Grains and veggies are the stars here, with crispy prosciutto as an added flavor kick. Recipe here.
halfbakedharvest.com

Grains and veggies are the stars here, with crispy prosciutto as an added flavor kick. Recipe here.

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7. Breakfast Cereal Cake Donuts

Because YOLO. That's all. Recipe here.
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Because YOLO. That's all. Recipe here.

8. Creamy Butternut Squash Purée with Scallops and Bacon

A different kind of surf and turf. Recipe here.
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A different kind of surf and turf. Recipe here.

9. Chili & Maple-Roasted Butternut Squash and Brussels Sprouts with Pomegranate and Gorgonzola

If you didn't have room on your Thanksgiving plate for any of the "healthy stuff," here's your second chance. Recipe here.
ambitiouskitchen.com

If you didn't have room on your Thanksgiving plate for any of the "healthy stuff," here's your second chance. Recipe here.

10. Avocado & Quinoa-Stuffed Acorn Squash

A whole in one! Recipe here.
loveandlemons.com

A whole in one! Recipe here.

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11. Crispy Sweet Potato Roast

An easy way to impress anyone who comes over for dinner. Recipe here.
smittenkitchen.com

An easy way to impress anyone who comes over for dinner. Recipe here.

12. Dark Chocolate Bread Pudding

If you call this "overnight French toast" you can eat it for breakfast. Just saying. Recipe here.
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If you call this "overnight French toast" you can eat it for breakfast. Just saying. Recipe here.

13. Loaded Mashed Potato Casserole

Everything you love about loaded baked potatoes, all mixed up and baked in a blanket of cheese. Recipe here.
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Everything you love about loaded baked potatoes, all mixed up and baked in a blanket of cheese. Recipe here.

14. Pickled Cabbage Salad

This is a super-simple way to use up all that cabbage you got from your CSA. Recipe here.
smittenkitchen.com

This is a super-simple way to use up all that cabbage you got from your CSA. Recipe here.

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15. Red Grapefruit and Rum Spritzers

If your New Year's resolution is going to be something about drinking less, this month should be all about the cocktails. Recipe here.
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If your New Year's resolution is going to be something about drinking less, this month should be all about the cocktails. Recipe here.

16. White Chocolate-Peppermint Cookies with Vanilla Salt

It's the most wonderful time of the year, because cookies. Recipe here.
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It's the most wonderful time of the year, because cookies. Recipe here.

17. Vegan Caesar Salad with Chickpeas

There will come a day this month where the thought of eating another cookie makes your head (and your pants) want to explode. This salad is for that day. Recipe here.
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There will come a day this month where the thought of eating another cookie makes your head (and your pants) want to explode. This salad is for that day. Recipe here.

18. Boulevardier

This cocktail of bourbon, sweet vermouth, and Campari is essentially winter's answer to the negroni. Recipe here.
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This cocktail of bourbon, sweet vermouth, and Campari is essentially winter's answer to the negroni. Recipe here.

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19. Cauliflower Rice Cake

Unlike anything you've ever tried before, in the best way. Aren't you getting sick of the same old thing, anyway? Recipe here.
ladyandpups.com

Unlike anything you've ever tried before, in the best way. Aren't you getting sick of the same old thing, anyway? Recipe here.

20. Moroccan Roasted Beets with Pomegranate Seeds and Balsamic Glaze

Get down with these sick beets. Recipe here.
feastingathome.com

Get down with these sick beets. Recipe here.

21. Braised Chicken and Kale with Paprika and White Wine

Really braising the bar for chicken dinners. Recipe here.
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Really braising the bar for chicken dinners. Recipe here.

22. Crockpot Pulled Pork Chili

Pork shoulder is a cheap way to feed lots of people, and adding beans and tomatoes stretches it even further. Recipe here.
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Pork shoulder is a cheap way to feed lots of people, and adding beans and tomatoes stretches it even further. Recipe here.

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23. Gingered Pears and Parsnips

A sweet and savory side. Recipe here.
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A sweet and savory side. Recipe here.

24. Sweet Potato, Maple, and Cumin Galette with Goat Cheese Crumbles

Perfectly savory, and easier than pie. Recipe here.
hummingbirdhigh.com

Perfectly savory, and easier than pie. Recipe here.

25. Flattened Pork Chops with Greens and Mustard Pan Sauce

A 30-minute weeknight dinner that feels fancy. Recipe here.
bonappetit.com

A 30-minute weeknight dinner that feels fancy. Recipe here.

26. Lemon Bars

If you're not sure what to bring to a cookie swap, it's never a bad idea to go with a classic. Recipe here.
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If you're not sure what to bring to a cookie swap, it's never a bad idea to go with a classic. Recipe here.

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27. Baked Eggs with Spinach, Mushrooms, and Leeks

Colder temperatures mean you'll need more incentive to get out of bed. Recipe here.
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Colder temperatures mean you'll need more incentive to get out of bed. Recipe here.

28. Fresh Cranberry Scones

Perfect for Christmas breakfast. Or just any old day. Recipe here.
twopeasandtheirpod.com

Perfect for Christmas breakfast. Or just any old day. Recipe here.

29. Marinated Kale Salad with Apples and Oranges

A sweet, crunchy salad that's perfect as a side dish or an easy lunch. Recipe here.
recipegirl.com

A sweet, crunchy salad that's perfect as a side dish or an easy lunch. Recipe here.

30. Thai Peanut Sauce Spaghetti Squash

The lighter side of pad Thai. Recipe here.
leelalicious.com

The lighter side of pad Thai. Recipe here.

31. Baked White Cheddar Mac 'n' Cheese

Sometimes you have to. Recipe here.
thevintagemixer.com

Sometimes you have to. Recipe here.