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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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American Hearts

Dear Velvet, My mother-in-law wants to host a July 4th barbecue, but my husband doesn’t want to go.  Basically, he wants us to start our own traditions.  I’m caught in the middle.  I don’t want to disappoint the in-laws, but if my husband would rather stay home and do our own thing, then I think […]


Sweet Chili Pistachios-sugar and spice and everything nice

These are addictive.  Save me from myself, and these sweet and crunchy pistachios. Ingredients 1 large package roasted pistachios in their shells 3 T Canola Oil 1/4 cup Dark brown sugar 2 tsp Ginger powder 2 tsp Paprika 2 tsp Cumin 2 tsp Onion Powder 1 tsp Cayenne Pepper powder Place the pistachios on a […]

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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 […]

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Potable Green Tea

Green tea without the gag factor This recipe is sure to please, if you can get past the fact that you’re actually drinking green tea. But hey, think of how much money you’re saving by switching to home brew. Pomegranate Green Tea 2 Green tea bags 1/2 cup pomegranate juice 2 Tablespoons honey (optional) Splash […]

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 […]