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Mexican Wedding Cookies (Russian Tea Cakes, etc.)

These cookies go by about half a dozen names, the most common among them being Mexican wedding cookies and Russian tea cakes. But they’re also sometimes called polvorones, butterballs, snowballs, and meltaways. So many cultures have some version of them, which makes sense because it’s a formula that works. The basic formula is some kind …

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Holiday Cocktails, festive drinks for winter

Holiday gatherings are usually the perfect time to share a drink with friends and family. In 2020, things are looking a bit different. We may need to toast each other virtually or outdoors (maybe with an Irish Coffee or some other warm drink). Still, I hope you and yours find some good cheer! Here is …

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Holiday Cookie Recipes, delicious inspiration

It’s cookie baking season! The holidays are coming. December’s whirl of office parties, school events, family gatherings, friendly visits is nearly upon us. [In 2020, most of this will be virtual. Stay safe.] These are some of my favorite holiday cookie recipes—the treats that I love to share with friends and family and coworkers (back …

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Fall and Winter Cocktails, cold weather sippers

These fall and winter cocktails are welcome when the air turns cold. I’m not fussy about what’s seasonally appropriate, and if you want a gin & tonic in the middle of November, go right ahead. But I tend to think of that as a quintessentially summer drink. This collection tends toward darker hued liquors like …

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