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My Grandmother Made This Coffee Cake Every Christmas Morning for 60 Years

In my memories of Christmas in Alabama, of smacking my brothers in the head with cardboard wrapping-paper tubes while playing our new Xbox games, there’s always a half-eaten plate of my grandmother’s orange butter coffee cake, stray pecans clinging to the glaze. Coffee cake is a staple of Southern Christmas—something to munch on while opening …

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Coffee Cake Recipe with Orange Butter

This orange-infused coffee cake is an adaptation of author Jared Downing’s grandmother’s beloved recipe, which she made for family and friends every Christmas morning in Tuscaloosa, Alabama for 60 years. Coffee cake is a staple of Christmas in the American South, something to munch on while opening gifts around the tree. Paired with a mug …

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Baked Polenta Recipe with Broccoli and Roasted Mushrooms

This recipe, which is adapted from writer Julia Sherman’s Arty Parties, is the marriage of two brilliantly simple but satisfying sides—crispy slices of pan-fried polenta and cheesy roasted broccoli, stems and all. Gild the lily by topping the dish with savory roasted mushrooms and you’ve got a plant-based main course that even the most hardened …

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