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Sweet Potato Banana Bread

Having a kid has made me have to try harder to be better. Not that I wasn’t already a pretty good person, generally, but it’s made me think a lot more about what I eat — and drink — how much sleep I get, how much sugar I eat … and how much much I…

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Homemade Hot Chocolate Mix

homemade hot chocolate mix

I’d forgotten about hot chocolate until recently. As a kid, my mom would make it sometimes by just stirring leftover chocolate frosting into hot milk. Or sometimes we’d just have Swiss Miss (the sugar-free variety after my dad was diagnosed with diabetes). I thought about that again when I was thinking of edible gift ideas.…

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Spiced Candied Nuts

These crispy sugar-coated candied nuts are a better mood-setter than any Cinnabon-scented candle around! Plus, you can eat them. You can’t eat that candle. Use any kind of nuts you like for this candied nuts recipe. I like a mix of pecans, walnuts, almonds and hazelnuts (or filberts, as my mom calls them) but you…

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Texas Chews

texas chews recipe

Texas Chews were the cookie we always made at Christmas to leave out for Santa, because everyone knows they are Santa’s favorite cookie, duh! My mom got the recipe from her mom who maybe got it off a Domino sugar box or from the Texas Pecan Commission. When I googled the recipe a couple weeks ago to…

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Winter Salad

winter salad

Here’s a new meaning of “wintry mix” for ya. A sort of slaw: A winter salad of Napa cabbage, apples, celery and citrus. Napa cabbage is one of my favorite salad ingredients because it’s crisp and mild and can be eaten freshly dressed (like a lettuce salad) or left to marinate a couple of hours…

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Turkey BLT

It seems a little silly or unnecessary to share a recipe for a sandwich, but this turkey BLT with avocado is a special sandwich. This is the sandwich that my darling grandmother Hornsby would make every Thanksgiving, the day after Thanksgiving, with our leftover roast turkey. She really didn’t cook much — I remember gingerbread…

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Leftover Recipes

At this time of year, I obviously mean Thanksgiving leftover recipes, but these recipes are good to keep in mind after any big meal with lots of leftovers. I’ve grouped these by type of leftover: leftover turkey, leftover ham, leftover rolls, leftover mashed potatoes (arguably the BEST leftover to have to “deal” with) and leftover…

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Pumpkin Coconut Soup

pumpkin soup

This was an experiment that worked out. Real, REAL good. I needed to use up some pumpkin puree after shooting my homemade pumpkin puree video. I remembered a recipe I made several years ago, a butternut squash and shrimp soup with a coconut milk base, that was AB FAB. And you know, pumpkin is so similar…

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Chorizo Sweet Potato Casserole

sweet potato chorizo casserole

I was invited to a potluck last year, a short while before we were moving to Los Angeles. This meant that our pantry was almost bare, since I am of the “eat all the food before you move even if that means you eat Parmesan cheese rinds and rice for a week” school of thought. I…

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