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Penelope Wall's Blog (Page 10)

November 19, 2009 - 10:50am

I’ve been an on-and-off vegetarian since I was a teenager and the one holiday I’ve always dreaded most is Thanksgiving. I mean, isn’t it all about the turkey? While I get stuck eating starchy sides and dry stuffing, everyone else gets the main attraction, plus gravy. There’s nothing like Thanksgiving to make a vegetarian feel like an outcast.

So one year, I convinced my (very supportive) family to forgo the traditional roast bird and indulge in my strange vegetarian concoction: tofu, seasonings and sesame oil, all mashed together, molded into a bowl and then baked.

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November 13, 2009 - 11:23am

Here’s why I love desserts so much: when they’re really good, they have the power to move people. Everyone remembers a really great dessert. A truly memorable meal begs for a fantastic dessert to make it complete—to give you an excuse to linger at the table just a little longer. Whether you’re hosting the whole shebang this Thanksgiving or just bringing a dish to share, these special Thanksgiving desserts will make a lasting impression (and it doesn’t hurt that they’re healthy too!)

Cranberry Upside-Down Cake
This gooey cake is insanely delicious and makes for a very pretty presentation. The...

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November 5, 2009 - 10:54am

This is my favorite time of year to invite friends over for drinks and nibbles. And when it's cold outside, there's nothing more welcoming than a pot of hot cider simmering on the stove or a mug of mulled wine to offer my guests as they arrive. These delicious hot toddies (with alcohol and without) are festive enough to serve all season long. And the best part is they’re easy to make for a crowd, which means I’m not stuck in the kitchen mixing cocktails all night long.

What’s your favorite punch to serve at holiday parties? Do you have a signature cocktail or mocktail?

Spiked Punches
Here are three...

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