Homemade for the Holidays

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For a time of year that’s supposed to be abundant with jollyness and cheer, it seems like it’s way too easy to get stressed out and under pressure around the holidays, especially when it comes to gift-giving. All too often, we get totally wrapped up (pun intended, ha!) in buying things. Picking the perfect book or perfume or scented candle …

Spicy Sweet Potato & Pear/Toasted Almond Mini-Muffins

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In preparing for my voyage home to Texas, I decided to work on a couple of holiday sweets this week to share when I arrive. Nana has a tried-and-true repertoire of annual cookies (including Saltine Brittle, Hello Dollies and traditional Kolaczki) but it’s always nice to add something new and different (and that she didn’t have to make!) to the …

Hello Holidays! Candied Ginger at Home

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With the holidays rolling in, I’ve had the spicy, sweet flavors of wintertime on the brain. I spotted an enormous bulb of ginger root on my last trip to the frutería and snatched it right up—ginger isn’t always in the market when you want it, and just the sight of it got my holiday baking wheels turning. Once I got …