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The Purrfect Birthday Cake to Eat Right Meow

Casey Barberby Casey Barber December 15, 2014

“Don’t worry, I’m well aware of my crazy cat lady status, but I’m not actually crazy enough to bake an actual dessert for the occasion. This is more of a cake in the crab cake sense of the word: a combination of roasted chicken, tuna, and sweet potato that frankly only a cat could love, frosted with a few rosettes of buttermilk mashed potatoes.”

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The Bar Cart: Christmas Island

Casey Barberby Casey Barber December 8, 2014

“The Christmas Island is the cocktail equivalent of stringing twinkle lights on a palm tree, a classic piña colada that got itself all spiced up for the holidays. Coconut milk keeps the color of the drink pale and wintry, and crushed ice is key for a snowball effect.”

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A Gift for Me: Chinese Five Spice and Cayenne Caramel Corn

Casey Barberby Casey Barber December 1, 2014

“As the gilded lily to each sundae, and because I didn’t have enough going on, I speedily whipped up a variation on one of the most popular recipes from Classic Snacks Made from Scratch: caramel corn. Readers have always loved this one because it’s one of those high-maintenance/low-maintenance things—it’s way easy to pull off, with no need for a candy thermometer, and nets you a bunch of accolades for your almost-nonexistent troubles.”

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Make-Ahead Pumpkin Dinner Rolls for Thanksgiving

Casey Barberby Casey Barber November 17, 2014

“The pumpkin in these rolls doesn’t add any significant sweetness or “pumpkin spice” flavor. Its crucial role here is to add moisture (along with a pretty little side effect of gorgeous autumnal color), which helps keep the rolls soft and pliant instead of going stale or becoming too tough and chewy when reheated.”

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The New Fall Classic: Apple Pie with Brie and Honey

Rebecca Peters-Goldenby Rebecca Peters-Golden November 10, 2014

“Even as the farmer’s market became a veritable apple paradise and every time I went to a friend’s house the cocktail of choice was whiskey and cider, I never really gave apples themselves much thought. This autumn, though, it seemed as if the planets aligned to make me more aware of apples than I’ve ever been.”

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Steakhouse Sides at Thanksgiving: Celery Root and Spinach Gratin

Casey Barberby Casey Barber November 3, 2014

“My steakhouse-inspired gratin uses whisper-thin slices of celery root instead of potatoes, and bulks up with a whole bunch (two bunches, actually) of spinach, thus fulfilling the creamed spinach requirement that no one knew they needed at Thanksgiving.”

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Bay Cities: The Center of the Italian Sandwich Universe

Guest Contributorby Guest Contributor October 27, 2014

“I inadvertently had one of the most easily mapped apartments on the planet when I lived in Santa Monica. All I needed to tell people was that my building “backed up to Bay Cities,” and immediately almost anyone from the greater Los Angeles area knew exactly where I resided.”

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Inspired Bites and an Inspired Cocktail: Apple Sage Cooler

Casey Barberby Casey Barber October 20, 2014

“The following drink is inspired by one of the signature cocktails in Inspired Bites. The book version blends together a fall-centric lineup of pear, thyme, and ginger, but I’m switching things up with my favorite autumn beverage—apple cider—and woodsy sage.”

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Eating My Words: Practical Magic’s Meatloaf and Green Beans Are a Little of Both

Rebecca Peters-Goldenby Rebecca Peters-Golden October 13, 2014

“Ultimately, whether we’re reading aloud from Hoffman’s novel or watching the (admittedly slightly silly) antics of Sandra Bullock and Nicole Kidman while we eat, sharing food with my sister is about the most magical thing there is. I hope you cook up this dinner of meatloaf and green beans and share the magic with favorite people of your own.”

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Squashing Pumpkin Spice Expectations: Spiced Pumpkin Beer Bread

Guest Contributorby Guest Contributor October 6, 2014

“What we talk about when we talk about pumpkin spice isn’t really pumpkin. Nor is it spice. It’s the simulacra; it’s the marketing juggernaut; it’s the manufactured essence of childhood nostalgia, of crunching leaves, of hayrides and brisk weather and pumpkin patches. And most of us are falling for it, every single time.”

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