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How to Make Classic Tiramisu

Tiramisu

I've always thought of tiramisu as a “restaurant dessert.” You know – one of those fancy desserts that you would never think to make at home.

This is mostly because tiramisu is one of two desserts that my mom always orders at restaurants (the other being crème brulee; she likes a classic). I'd honestly never encountered tiramisu outside of a restaurant setting!

But a few years ago this changed when we hosted our first Christmas dinner and my mom requested tiramisu for dessert. I was definitely a little fearful, but went into “what's the worst that could happen?” mode.

It turns out that making a good tiramisu at home isn't really all that difficult. It really just requires a little patience, some solid whisking, and a few tips to help you along!

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Mint-Chocolate Grasshopper Cocktail

Grasshopper Cocktail

The first time I had a Grasshopper was shortly after I turned twenty-one. I was at a Christmas party that was about as classy as you might expect when hosted in a house on Sorority Row and attended by a bunch of recently-legal drinkers.

There was a keg dressed as Santa, guys and girls in fake antlers, and pirated Christmas music blaring over the din of the crowd. And if you could push your way through the tipsy mass of people, one noble student was playing bartender in the corner.

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Pressure Cooker Turkey with Dijon Gravy

Pressure Cooker Turkey with Dijon Gravy

Raise your hand if you prefer dark meat turkey. It's not just me, right?

There's so much more flavor in the legs, thighs, and wings, and I'm happy to eat them at Thanksgiving — or anytime I can find them in the market.

(And don't worry if white meat is your thing — you can use bone-in half breasts for this recipe, too.)

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Coconut Banana Cream Pie

Coconut Banana Cream Pie

When it comes to big holiday meals like Thanksgiving and Christmas, I am a big believer in multiple desserts. Specifically pies. It just doesn't feel festive to me without some variety.

This Coconut Banana Cream Pie, a hybrid of coconut cream pie and banana cream pie, is

Since this Coconut Banana Cream Pie is actually two-for-one deal — coconut cream pie and banana cream pie — it's perfect for those of us (ahem, me) who want a little bite of every holiday dessert offering.

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