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Orange Twist Champagne Cocktail

For a signature cocktail with more punch, add 3⁄4 oz. of cognac to the flute before you pour in the sparkling wine. Orange bitters can be found at most gourmet food shops.

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Chipotle Peanut Brittle

To avoid getting fingerprints on the brittle, wear latex gloves (not rubber gloves) when you break it into pieces. Adapted from Tom Colicchio’s Craft of Cooking.

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Cake Truffles

This is my spin on cake truffles, the brainchild of Momofuku Milk Bar’s Christina Tosi, who was looking for a delicious way to use up cake scraps. Use this recipe as a guideline and let your imagination run wild when it comes to flavors and coatings.

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Spiced Prune Chutney

Pair this recipe with Maple-Glazed Fresh Ham.

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Parsley Fennel Pesto

Pair this recipe with Maple-Glazed Fresh Ham.

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Eric’s Applesauce

Pair this recipe with Maple-Glazed Fresh Ham.

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Gingerbread Layer Cake

This cake was adapted from a recipe by Claudia Fleming, who developed it while she was the pastry chef at Gramercy Tavern in New York. To make the garnish, wash the cranberries, and while they’re still wet, roll them in granulated sugar.

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Steamed Green Beans With Ginger Butter

This Pan-Asian side dish is designed to be prepped ahead and quickly assembled while the ham is resting. You could also use broccoli instead of beans.

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Petite Pommes Anna

You can make these potato cakes up to the first stage of cooking and keep them at room temperature up to 4 hours. Then, brown them in the oven while the ham is resting.

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Squash Wedges With Spicy Breadcrumbs

This recipe works best with moist squash such as butternut or acorn. It’s also delicious using the roasted flesh of spaghetti squash.

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Mini Cheese Balls

Roll these tangy spheres of chèvre in earthy poppy seeds, smoky chopped almonds or minced chives. (You could also try toasted sesame seeds, chopped pistachios or za’atar, the Middle Eastern spice blend.) Add a little sweetness with a drizzle of fresh honey.

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Maple Glazed Fresh Ham

Do not be tempted to trim off all the fat: it’s needed to baste the lean leg meat as it roasts and keep it moist and succulent.

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Famous Fudge Cake

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Lemon Squares

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Cherry Squares

The squares, which hail from Newfoundland, have an old-school East Coast charm with their mix of cherries and nuts.