Mom’s Frosted Christmas Cut-Out Cookies

Christmas Tree Frosted Cut-Out Cookies

Sometimes you just want what Mom made! Here are the frosted cut-out cookies we clamor for at Christmas, a perfect recipe anytime you want a cut-out. The cookies are crisp yet hold shape and taste wonderful, and the frosting is easy, three-ingredient buttercream heaven. I’m really of two minds when it comes to traditional recipes.…

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Orange Blossom Pecan Pie

Orange Blossom Pecan Pie slice

Rich, brown-sugary pecan pie is made better with very toasty pecans and a whisper of orange blossom water. The flavor is as beautiful as it sounds: Orange Blossom Pecan Pie. A shocking moment occurred during the development of this pecan pie recipe. My tester group (Dan and sons) was miffed when I brought plates of…

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Orange Blossom Gin Fizz

Orange Blossom Gin Fizz

The classic Gin Fizz is made even better with a whisper of orange blossom. The froth on top makes for one of the prettiest cocktails you can serve. A post from Peggy Abood. When Maureen and I first started talking about sharing cocktail recipes with you, she said we have to do some that are…

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Coconut Oil Pie Crust

Vegan Coconut Oil Pie Crust crimped

Pie crust made with coconut oil is a dream to handle, and results in a rich, tender crust that holds its shape beautifully. A vegan recipe to count on! It’s no secret around here that I’m hopelessly devoted to the pie crust I grew up with, a.k.a.: My Mom’s Best Pie Crust. The flakiness of…

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Garlicky Whipped Feta Dip

Whipped Feta Dip topped with spices and olive oil

Two ingredients and you’re good to go with this garlicky whipped feta dip. The flavor is addictive. Plus, it comes together very quickly and easily. My niece Victoria announced recently that we have 12 Sundays left until Christmas. Her friend Hannah said so. Since then, we’ve dropped to 11 Sundays left ‘til Christmas. I’ve always…

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Roasted New Potatoes with Mint

Roasted New Potatoes in a blue striped bowl on the counter

Roasted New Potatoes with Mint are par-cooked, then roasted at high heat til golden. The result is buttery, soft interior. Toss the potatoes with lemon, oil, garlic, and mint to finish. If the boiled new potato is a thing of simple, great beauty, the roasted boiled new potato is thing of extra great beauty. The…

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Pomegranate Marinated Flank Steak

Grilled flank steak slices on a sheet pan with grilled peppers

Pomegranate marinated flank steak makes for a balanced sweet-tart flavor, a superior glossy glaze on the grilled steak, and a crave-worthy dipping sauce. Get the pomegranate molasses at here. One of the first dinners I remember cooking for friends, with no mom there to supervise or lend a helping hand, was flank steak on…

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Grilled Chicken Shawarma

Grilled Chicken Shawarma Skewers with red onion on a sheet pan

Grilled chicken shawarma is the perfect recipe for summer cookouts: easy, healthy, and incredibly flavorful. You’ll put this one on repeat performance all season long. Steak. Shish Kebab. BBQ Chicken. Steak. Shish Kebab. BBQ Chicken. It’s a kind of grilling rut I’ve noticed in recent summers. Granted, this is a “rut” of delicious dinners, but…

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Pistachio Baklawa Nests

Pistachio baklava nests on a sheet pan

Pistachio Baklawa Nests are light, crisp little phyllo nests drenched in orange blossom syrup. The nests are shaped using a narrow dowel, rolled with lightly buttered phyllo, and topped with orange blossom syrup and raw ground pistachios. Find the pistachios orange blossom water here, at I took the first one in two bites. The…

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Tips for a Better Lebanese Ka’ik Recipe

Lebanese Easter Ka'ik with glaze on a rack

Tips for baking better Lebanese Ka’ik, a traditional yeasted Easter bread/cookie that is soft, flavorful, and sweet. For the beautiful molds made of solid walnut, and the Mymoune Rose Water, visit I’ve shared with you before some of the confounding aspects of our beloved Lebanese ka’ik. I have asked (and continue to ask): is…

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