Lighter Spicy Mongolian Beef

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If you find yourself jonesing for take out from your favorite local, deep fryer-loving Asian joint, but goodness, you’ve already made so many healthy resolutions to distance yourself from cookies with fortunes, If you’re smitten with perfectly soy saucy beef meets caramelized brown sugar, but goodness, you want that lovely flavor combination to like you…

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Bacon Parmesan Cornmeal Pancakes

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I spent 25 years in pain and suffering. Pain and suffering and deprivation and denial and dark, dark sadness. Then I tried pure maple syrup. The world righted itself again. And happiness knocked on my door. I looked through the peephole, asked who it was, made sure I was wearing something (somewhat) publicly appropriate, and…

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Black and White Cookies

The first black and white cookie I ever bit into was soggy. Wet with eleven-year-old tears on a thirty minute drive into Boston for what would be my first singing lesson at the New England Conservatory of music. A lesson that I was terrified to take part in. Between death grips of the dashboard and…

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Whiskey Caramel Glazed Sweet Potatoes

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Each November, right around this time, my insides bubble vigorously with joy. Abundant, uncontainable joy. I begin a ritualistic spiral into pure, unadulterated holiday oblivion and therefore lose touch with anything that isn’t pine scented, peppermint-spiked, and parceled with shiny silver wrapping. I lavish all things warm, cozy, fall-flavored, twinkly lit, red-and-green-swathed, and covered with…

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