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    10 best recipes for the holidays

    SALLY PASLEY VARGAS FOR THE BOSTON GLOBE
    Open-face Swedish shrimp sandwiches

    The best part of the holiday season is undeniably the piles and piles of great food. But it’s not always the easiest task picking out the menu for the big night. Food writer Sheryl Julian — and former Globe food editor — has compiled a list of her favorite recipes from over the years that you can prepare for your next holiday party.

    Recipes:

    Cocktail-size Swedish sandwiches on dense bread are topped with shrimp and egg. (pictured above)

    SHERYL JULIAN FOR THE BOSTON GLOBE
    Baba ghanoush with lavash crackers

    Where there’s smoke, there’s baba ghanoush.

    KAROLINE BOEHM GOODNICK FOR THE BOSTON GLOBE
    Pan-roasted strip steaks

    Restaurant steaks are so juicy and crusty and flavorful. Here’s how chefs pan-roast them.

    SHERYL JULIAN FOR THE BOSTON GLOBE
    Provençal beef stew with red wine, olives, and orange (Gardiane de Taureau)

    A rich beef stew from Provence is simmered with red wine, olives, and orange.

    SALLY PASLEY VARGAS FOR THE BOSTON GLOBE
    Whole roasted cauliflower with gremolata breadcrumbs

    Here’s something for the holiday with a wow factor: a golden, whole roasted cauliflower.

    KAROLINE BOEHM GOODNICK FOR THE BOSTON GLOBE

    A platter of roasted marble potatoes is an appealing course all on its own.

    SHERYL JULIAN FOR THE BOSTON GLOBE
    Cornbread muffins

    Cornbread muffins are mixed with stoneground cornmeal for the best color and flavor.

    SHERYL JULIAN FOR THE BOSTON GLOBE
    Roasted almond biscotti.

    Roasted nuts amp up the almond flavor in crunchy biscotti.

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    Recipe for chocolate-chip shortbread bars.

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