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Soba Noodle Veggie Bowl With Tahini Dressing

Think of this dish as a build-your-own noodle bowl—set out the components and let your friends or family assemble as they please. In addition to being healthy and completely customizable, it’s pretty, too, thanks to the assortment of vibrant veggies. The star of the meal is the creamy tahini dressing, which is a riff on an Asian-style peanut butter sauce. We love soba noodles for their quick cook time and nutty flavor, but feel free to use whole-wheat spaghetti instead. For added protein, top the bowls with tofu, shredded chicken, or shrimp. Spicy food lovers can top theirs with sliced fresh chile, too.

Harlequin Gingerbread House

You’ll be blown away by the modern engineering utilized in this Gaudi-inspired home. Located right in the center of Candy Land’s capital city, this home is constructed of 100% repurposed cookies and treats. The Nutter Butter siding is adorned with edible gold pearl accents and peppermint stick structural elements. Our favorite feature is the state-of-the-art, solar-paneled, Rice Krispies treat roof. It’s located within walking distance of Candy Land College, home to some of the country’s foremost thought leaders on candy-centered architecture and design. This home and its custom interiors were recently featured in Architectural Digest and dwell magazines (January 2016 and May 2016 respectively).

Chocolate Gingerbread House

This converted Kit-Kat barn just drips cool luxury. Updated earlier in 2016, the owners swapped predictable siding for chocolate and white chocolate bricks and insulated with the most up-to-date royal icing. In addition, the roof was recently reinforced with new honey-flavored graham crackers. An extra-wide barn door at the front of the house makes for a handsome entryway. You’ll love the lofted bedroom, perfect for kids or guests. Situated in the foothills just north of Candy Land, you’ll enjoy year round snow and world-class skiing just a hop, skip, and a jump from your sturdy front door.

Pretzel Log Cabin

This rustic salty cabin is the perfect weekend getaway for ski-bums and snowboarders alike. A true ski-in, ski-out property, this cozy gem was built in November 2016. It’s situated mid-mountain right on Peppermint Peak, home to some of Candy Land’s most sought after slopes. After a morning cutting fresh tracks, head inside to make hot cocoa in the newly renovated kitchen. Then, relax in front of one of 2 wood-fired stoves and watch the snow fall. In addition, you’ll be just minutes away from Gumdrop Pass and its world-class views of the Frosted Valley: head into town to explore the wares from inspiring local artists’ community (don’t miss the Frosted Flea market on Saturdays).

Wafer Cookie Gingerbread House

Situated at the end of a quiet cul-de-sac, this quirky two bedroom is perfect for a growing family. Custom-designed in 2016 for a couple with impeccable taste, this house's modern palette provides the perfect backdrop for your country house dreams. The charming front walkway ends in a bright pink wafer door, while a multi-colored M&M roof and gumdrop accents give it great curb appeal (shown here with seasonal sugar pine bunting). This gingerbread house is located in Candy Land County, a destination hamlet along the Caramel River. For more information regarding lake rights please contact Real Simple Real Estate.

Chicken Tagine With Apricots and Pistachios

This North African-inspired dish is full of tender chicken, juicy cherry tomatoes, and apricots. A sprinkling of roasted pistachios adds salty crunch. It easily serves eight people, or four with leftovers you can freeze in resalable plastic bags. The ingredient list may look long, but most of what you see there are different spices you’ll have in your pantry, which give the chicken a warm, complex flavor. If you can’t get your hands on fresh apricots, thawed frozen ones will do. They add a delicious tangy sweetness to the stew, but dried apricots will work as well. And don’t skip the cooked quinoa: it soaks up the broth and makes for an even heartier dinner.

Vegan Chocolate Cream Pie

Hosting vegan guests this holiday season? No need to serve them a separate dessert. Whip up this silky chocolate pie at the holidays, and all of your guests—even your vegan and gluten-free ones—will be able to enjoy it (and trust us, they’ll devour it). The press-in crust couldn’t be easier—just dump the almond-based mix into your pie pan and press it to the edges. As it bakes, you can make the creamy chocolate filling, which firms up in the fridge until you’re ready to eat. To serve, top the pie with chocolate shavings, a drizzle of melted chocolate, or a dusting of cocoa powder.

Pan-Roasted Pork Tenderloin With Brussels Sprouts Salad

This impressive dinner requires very few ingredients, and is a bright and flavorful addition to your weeknight dinner rotation. The pork tenderloin cooks directly in the bacon fat, which adds flavor and richness to the final dish. But the salad is really the star of the plate, thanks to the satisfying crunch from the Brussels sprouts and apples. If you’d like, switch out Fuji apples for your favorite variety, but take note—red-skinned apples will look prettier against the green sprouts. Because most pork tenderloins come in a pack of two, we suggest freezing the other loin (or doubling the recipe if you’re feeding a crowd).

Polenta Bake With Shrimp

This Southern-inspired single skillet dinner is warming and hearty—like comfort food all grown up. It’s simple and quick enough for a weeknight, and the whole family will be grateful. Whole milk and Parmesan cheese give the polenta an extra dose of creaminess, and plenty of large tail-on shrimp get tossed in paprika and butter for layers of decadent flavor. For maximum charring with minimal hands-on work, the shrimp and cherry tomatoes are broiled before being added to the skillet. Before serving, the dish gets a smattering of fresh scallions for crunch and a bright green pop of color. Get your skillet (and forks) ready.

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