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Couscous with Pine Nuts and Currants

Author: Amaryll Schwertner

Superb English Plum Pudding

This pudding is really best when made a year in advance and allowed to mellow. It was customary to make it early in Advent - the religious season before Christmas - and use it the following year. Everyone...

Author: James Beard

Couscous with Sautéed Almonds and Currants

Make a double batch of the almond-currant topping, then use it as a crunchy finish for salads and grain dishes. Though Admony calls for whole-wheat couscous, plain works just as well.

Author: Einat Admony

Oatmeal Muffins

The following recipe comes from my mother's home economics class in Louisiana back in the 1940's. I hope your readers enjoy the muffins as much as I do.

Author: Beth McCasland

Irish Currant and Raisin Cake

Author: Nick Malgieri

Red and Black Currant Jam

Author: Susan Herrmann Loomis

Currant Scones

In Britain, these are teatime favorites, but in the States, we like them for breakfast, too. You'll get tall, flaky, buttery scones that are excellent partners with your finest jams.

Author: Sarabeth Levine

Cauliflower "Couscous" With Dried Fruit and Almonds

We swap in richly spiced cauliflower "rice" for semolina in this nutritious and gluten-free take on couscous. Serve it as a side for grilled vegetables or meats or hearty stews like Easy Lamb Tagine with...

Author: Rhoda Boone

Angel Hair with Fennel Pesto

When the holiday excesses are over and the lights are low, the time comes for quiet, simple dinners. This light, lively pasta is a welcome relief from the weeks of heavy protein.

Author: Monte Farber and Amy Zerner


While my mother-in-law's rugelach were filled with cinnamon-sugared nuts, mine also include a slick of jam, some currants and a handful of chopped chocolate.

Author: Dorie Greenspan

Currant Tart

Author: Lady Sonia J. Colwyn

Holiday Fruit Filled Pound Cake

Unlike traditional fruitcakes, which are usually soaked in liquor and can be prepared weeks in advance, this version is best eaten within five days of baking.

Author: Gina Marie Miraglia Eriquez

Cranberry and Walnut Relish

With just a hint of sweetness, this bright, bracing uncooked relish is an antidote to all the saccharine jellylike cranberry sauces out there (unless you're into that sort of thing).

Author: Claire Saffitz