When Hachiya persimmons are in season, you have to make this spiced persimmon pudding that’s not so much a pudding as it is a delicious custardy dessert.
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A classic coffee cake recipe gets jazzed up with the addition of coconut, pistachios, and chai spices.
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Because fall is all about crisps, I took my classic crisp recipe and gave it a pear and gingersnap slant.
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This Maple-Spice Almond Butter Rice Treats Recipe is a fall-inspired, healthier take on Marshmallow Rice Treats.
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A healthy Date Coconut Cacao Nib Truffles that I take with me when I’m traveling so I can eat on the go.
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In honor of all the (many) people I know who are born in September, this month’s Pretty. Easy. is a recipe for a super simple Chocolate Banana Pudding Icebox Cake that’d make a great birthday cake.
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Inspired by my recent trip to Italy, I’ve come up with these super simple Limoncello-spiked creamsicles.
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Here I’ve taken the ingredients for a Dark ‘n’ Stormy cocktail, floated it, and added a little salt for flavor and, so that if you close your eyes, you can almost hear the waves crashing in the distance.
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My summery take on upside-down cake with peaches, rhubarb, and polenta.
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My Mom has a language all her own. Well, for all the etymology geeks out there, it’s not so much a language as a vernacular or even a jargon. No matter how you categorize it, it’s a sort of word pizzazz that’s distinctly hers.
Over the years, we’ve collected these terms with the goal of someday making a bound thesaurus — a Mom-saurus if you will. (Though, on second thought, that may sound more like something from the Paleolithic era than a word reference). Semantics aside, it’d be packed with turns of phrase, idioms, and sayings that just might be on an endangered words list were it not for my mother.
A few of the real gems include terms like: ravs instead of ravioli; sconces for, well, sconces but used at a rate higher than that of true sconce sightings; fisticuffs for any sort of run-in, but, when said, it must be accompanied by the action of spinning clenched fists under your chin in the manner of the Fighting Irish mascot; and excessive use of the word traipsing, as in, “the cat was traipsing about the garden with no regard for the orchids I had just planted.”
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