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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This recipe is a twist on the classic lemon bars but made with pureed strawberries, lemons, and coconut.
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My mother loves Peeps. And cheap white cake. And candy corn. Which is totally ironic because she was a dental hygienist and rarely had sugar in the house when we were growing up (that we knew of).
Her sweet tooth goes into overdrive during the Easter season when she can be found diving into her stash of Chocolate-Peanut Butter eggs with abandon. But those over-the-counter eggs are loaded with all sorts of subpar ingredients never mind the fact that they could just be so much better with a few tweaks. So, this year I made her homemade chocolate eggs.
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Mix up the classic Crème brûlée by infusing it with coffee, vanilla, and cardamom.
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I’ve been dreaming about making this tart for years and finally got it together in time for kumquat season!
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For this month’s Make Your Own project, the topic is kumquats. Make the most of the all too short kumquat season by candying them with this uber simple recipe.
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Switch up the classic jam-filled linzer cookie with a hazelnut butter cookie and a chocolate-hazelnut filling.
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A classic soda fountain flavor infuses the equally classic chocolate chip cookie for a seriously festive treat.
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This classic after-school snack matures a bit thanks to the addition of walnuts. The brown rice flour not only makes these graham crackers gluten free, but also helps give them a crisp texture, while the maple syrup lends a deeper flavor that brings out the subtle earthiness of the walnuts.
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Missing Italy and a recipe for Mocha-Orange Granita with whipped cream and crumbly cookies.
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