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Raspberry linzer squares

Recipe: Viennese linzer torte, with cinnamon pastry and jam filling, made into little squares

The classic Viennese linzer torte, made with a hazelnut or almond dough, and filled with jam, comes together in pretty little squares for a holiday cookie platter.

Ask Amy

Mom’s hints might lead to holiday host change

Advice from Amy Dickinson.

Chef and forager Eric Buonagurio cut this hen of the woods mushroom from the base of a roadside oak tree in Andover.

Are chefs trying to kill us?

Fermented this. Foraged that. Menus are full of delicious ingredients that could be a disaster waiting to happen.


Five beers that will pair perfectly with your holiday merriment

It’s as if the brewers know we’re going to be drinking a lot this month or something.

from the bar

Let’s all unite over a Division Bell

Nicholas Daddona of Meritage Restaurant + Wine bar in the Boston Harbor Hotel has social responsibility on his mind when crafting drinks.

Getting Salty with Pam Willis of Pammy’s

Pam Willis used to be a stage actress. Now she appears every night at Pammy’s, the homey Italian restaurant she co-owns with her chef husband, Chris Willis, on the outskirts of Harvard Square.

Roasted almond biscotti.

Recipe: Roasted nuts amp up the almond flavor in crunchy biscotti

With crunch and a nice mosaic of chopped almonds, these golden Italian biscotti deserve their spot as a favorite morning, afternoon, and after-dinner cookie.

Peppermint-swirl meringue kisses

In a year when everyone can use a little cheer, a cookie can be soothing

Here are the cookies in our mixing bowls this season, simple versions of grand little confections to serve, wrap as gifts, or keep for yourself.

Baker John Amichetti rolls out the dough on a recent Sunday while preparing the day’s rugelach at Blacker’s Bakeshop in Newton.

Now it’s a party: Rugelach, sweet rugelach makes holiday return

The rolled and filled cookies are beloved in the Jewish community, especially surrounding holidays that call for sweets. The flaky, dairy based dough, flavorful fillings, and coat of cinnamon sugar combine for a hit of sweet nostalgia with each bite.

Ask Amy

Stressed couple need to learn how to talk

Advice from Amy Dickinson

Gingerbread-spiced palmiers

Recipe: French palmiers are dressed up for the holidays with gingerbread spices

Sugar and warm spices give these buttery, crisp confections — palm leaf-shaped French pastries called palmiers — a wintery feel.

Iced orange shortbread

Recipe: Rectangular, orange-flavored shortbread are decorated with icing and colored nonpareils

Slice-and-bake refrigerator shortbread makes elegant, rectangular, orange-flavored cookies.

Bird Sightings

Bird sightings on Cape Cod

Recent sightings as reported to the Massachusetts Audubon Society.

Peppermint-swirl meringue kisses

Recipe: For stunning peppermint meringues, paint the inside of a piping bag with red food coloring gel

Meringue kisses look complicated, but they are actually simple, and require few ingredients. They do take several hours to bake and cool, but that’s time that does not require your attention.

Purple Table helps families with special needs eat out

Training materials for staffers come from the website through partnerships with groups like Autism Speaks and Dementia Friendly America.

Some of the offerings at A&J King Artisan Bakers of Salem.

Insider: Double the deliciousness

A&J King Artisan Bakers of Salem opened a second store, on the Salem-Peabody line, doubling its production space.

Insider: PackIt freezable wine bags

The reusable carriers have built-in cooling gel to keep a large bottle cold for hours, no ice packs needed.

Spread joy, not food poisoning, this holiday season

Food poisoning is a horrific holiday present to give folks, as it’s a gift that could keep giving . . . for days. Here are five strategies to safeguard your guests.

Love Letters

Her mother hates him

“I don’t really know what to do, because my ex-girlfriend wants to come visit me and have fun as friends, but her mom simply won’t allow it.”


James Taylor helps Jane Fonda celebrate her 80th

The singer joined Carole King to sing at Fonda’s birthday bash in Atlanta.

Celebrity chef Mario Batali spoke at his Eataly food court and stores in the Prudential Center in 2016.

Celebrity chef Mario Batali accused of sexual misconduct, steps away from restaurant empire

Several women have stepped forward to lodge sexual misconduct allegations against famed chef Mario Batali.

Ask Amy

Gift-giving imbalance causes holiday stress

Advice from Amy Dickinson.

ISIS produced bomb arsenal on industrial scale

The United Nations children’s agency said the children are stranded in a rebel-held suburb near the Syrian capital.


A Bollywood star at Berklee

Famous Bollywood playback singer Shreya Ghoshal had kind words for Berklee after performing with the school’s Indian Ensemble at last week.

Lauren Ver Hage (left) and Chelsea Fagan at Maggiano’s.


They’re making personal finance less stressful for women

Chelsea Fagan and Lauren Ver Hage were in Boston the other day to debut their new book, “The Financial Diet: A Total Beginner’s Guide to Getting Good With Money.”

Ms. McKee was a fixture at marijuana policy hearings in the Legislature, where she often testified from her wheelchair, sporting a colorful eye patch and accompanied by her service dog.

JoAnna McKee, 74, longtime Washington state medical marijuana activist

Ms. McKee went to sometimes difficult lengths to obtain the drug for the patients she served.

Here’s your local holiday gift guide

Find presents for everyone on your list, in local shops right around the corner.

Bird sightings

Bird sightings from the Massachusetts Audubon Society

Ask Amy

Ask Amy column

Advice from Amy Dickinson

Kano laptop kit.

Tech Nomad

What to get the (young) person who does nothing and whose phone does everything? 

Old-fashioned gifts for children of the future.

FILE - In this Tuesday, April 28, 2015 file photo, a patient has her blood drawn for a liquid biopsy at a hospital in Philadelphia. A study released on Friday, Dec. 8, 2017 found that a blood test five years after breast cancer treatment helped identify women who were likely to relapse, long before a lump or other signs appeared. (AP Photo/Jacqueline Larma)

Blood test may help predict which breast cancers will recur

The prediction could be made long before a lump or other signs appeared, a preliminary study found.

Style Watch

Warming up a guest room with salvaged finds and heirlooms

In a New Hampshire bungalow, a designer and her fiance deploy family treasures and vintage finds.

Connections | Magazine

At age 28, a joyful breakthrough for my autistic son

Sports, and Special Olympics in particular, was the one thing that worked well for him. Until we discovered another outlet that he has enthusiastically embraced.

Perspective | Magazine

What it would take for #MeToo to qualify as a true revolution

The hashtag has gone from a moment to a social movement, upending powerful men and disrupting the all-too familiar defense. But its power must benefit all women who have suffered.

InterContinental Boston hotel health & fitness club

On the Block

For sale: Condos with on-site fitness centers

Check out these properties on the Boston waterfront and in Brighton.

Dinner With Cupid

Blind date: ‘We ended up doing the Japanese cube personality test’

Do their personality quiz results mesh?

Your Week Ahead

Five things to do, Dec. 11-17

Georgia O’Keeffe at the Peabody Essex Museum, CraftBoston Holiday , Nicholas Nixon at the ICA, and more.

Miss Conduct

Advice: Mom died recently and I’m not ready for dad’s girlfriend living in my parents’ home

I’m still grieving, and it’s hard to imagine feeling comfortable over the holidays with a new woman in mom’s place.

Hot Ticket

Holiday spirit arrives on two wheels

The 21st annual Ciclismo Classico Jingle Ride happens Dec. 16 and proceeds benefit Horizons for Homeless Children.


Getting your fill

Alexa Nicholls Costa and Alexandra Rogers want to erase the stigma around fillers and Botox — along with the lines on your face.

A lineup of beers brewed by patrons at Barleycorn’s.


Sips: Barleycorn’s Craft Brew is reborn

The place has been cleaned up — and opened up — with new equipment and twice the capacity for parties and corporate events.

The twists and vistas of West Ridgecrest Road near Mount Tamalpais will get the hearts of bikers pumping.

Where two wheels rule the road

Move over Porsches. This road near Mount Tamalpais offers some of the best pedaling in North America.

The VIP Lounge with David Andrews

The starting center for the Patriots says nothing beats taking a vacation by the water.

Love Letters

She refers to her late boyfriend as her current ‘boyfriend’

She has said that her “boyfriend” would approve of me and that he is happy for her.

Tables: The deli you’ve been waiting for is about to open

Restaurant news you can use.

Executive chef Nimesh Maharjan finishes preapring a dish in the hollow of a Parmesan cheese wheel at Tuscan Kitchen Seaport.

Quick Bite

Tuscan Kitchen Seaport: Where the wine flows and the mozzarella is hand-stretched

Welcome to the latest outpost of restaurateur Joe Faro’s Italian empire.