Vegan Appetizers, Duck Magret, and Homemade Hot Sauce

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Homemade hot sauce, a Brussels sprouts Christmas tree, a visit to Nice, France, holiday placesetting inspiration, Big Pancake, oxtail and three warming soups — these are just a few of our posts from this week a year ago. Read on to see these and more.

DIY hot sauce from Mark Bittman’s recipe.

• What to do with oxtail and all about blackstrap molasses.

• Cooking in France with Rosa Jackson at Les Petits Farcis.

• Decorate with sprouts: a Christmas tree made with Brussels sprouts, and a wreath too.

Food gifts that you can freeze and therefore make well ahead of time.

• Ideas for holiday placesettings.

• Help! Do we need a backsplash here?

• What does pear brandy have to do with le trou normand?

• A gorgeous Seckel pear tart from Gourmet.

• Entire archive from November 30-December 7, 2008