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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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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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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I know it isn’t ladylike to brag, but, admit it, do you have the best recipes around? Are your friends begging you for a special pie or side dish every holiday season? Well then now is the time to show off your stuff and compete against the best of the best.
This holiday season (ok, it’s not yet the holiday season, but it’s always great time for a little friendly competition), I’m working with Attune Foods to find the best healthy holiday recipes out there. There are four categories in total that you can join in and I’ll be joined by some of my favorite food friends, each of whom will judge one of the categories. So, let’s get down to specifics already!
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Missing Italy and a recipe for Mocha-Orange Granita with whipped cream and crumbly cookies.
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A showstopper of a dessert recipe for mocha-cocoa nib meringues with berries and cream.
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This is an easy vegan coconut cookie recipe courtesy of chef Bryant Terry. The result is a chewy coconut cookie topped with a simple lemon icing.
Continue Reading: Chewy Lemon-Coconut Cookies with Lemon Icing →