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Eat, drink and be merry: What to serve at a Wake [advice column]

Dear Velvet, What should I serve at my mother-in-law’s wake? Of course, all the planning became my responsibility. That was her way of getting back to me for marrying her only son. I could just order something lame, but I’m better than that. (Which is more than I can say for her.) Anyway, what should […]

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Coconut Ginger Sweet Potatoes

These sweet potatoes are insanely good.  Hide them from yourself. 3 cups cubed sweet potatoes (about 3 peeled sweet potatoes) 2-3 T Pure maple syrup 2 tsp Cinnamon 1 tsp Ginger 1/2 tsp Cayenne pepper 2 T Coconut oil   Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Rub the coconut oil onto the bottom of your […]


Better than Grandma’s Chocolate Chip Cookies

Grandma deserves your respect.  Don’t tell anyone your cookies are better.  That will be our secret. 3/4 cup sugar 3/4 cup brown sugar 2 Tablespoons molasses 1 cup oil 2 eggs 2 teaspoons vanilla 3 cups flour 1 teaspoon baking soda 1 teaspoon salt 10 oz. chocolate chips Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.  Cream the sugars, molasses, […]

Lemon Mousse

Lemon Mousse

Bring out your inner tart. 3 bowls for this baby 5 eggs Juice from 4 lemons 1 tablespoon lemon zest, chopped 1 cup of sugar 16 oz heavy whipping cream Mint leaves (optional) Separate the eggs, placing the whites into one bowl and the yolks into a second bowl. In case you’re wondering, the heavy […]

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Heart Melting Peppermint Patties

Heart Melting Peppermints I like my mints like I like my men.  Strong, smooth, with a touch of bitterness.  It keeps things interesting. Mint Mixture: 2 ¾ cups powdered sugar 3 Tablespoons oil 3 Tablespoons light corn syrup 1 ½ Tablespoons peppermint extract 2 Tablespoons water Chocolate Coating: 6 oz. semisweet chocolate chips 1 Tablespoon […]