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Cook on a Whim: Vanilla Bean Scones

Of all the sweets on my blog, this is probably the recipe I’ve referenced and made the most. My kids adore them and I love making them, so it’s a win-win.

Cook on a Whim: Hearty Beef and Barley Soup

Serve this soup with some warm, crusty bread and good, salted butter, a glass of red wine or a rich, dark beer and you’ve got the coziest dinner.

Cook on a Whim: Slow-Roasted Salmon

Slow-roasting might sound strange when it comes to fish, but, I promise you, this is the softest, most buttery salmon — so packed with flavor, so elegant and so easy to prepare.

The Still Bountiful Blocks of Georgetown

Our writer decided to do something daring, something she had never done: spend a day shopping in Georgetown. The holidays are here, and she couldn’t think of a better time ...

Cook on a Whim: Browned Butter Pecan Chocolate Chunk Cookies

A cookie doesn’t have to be in the shape of a snowflake, flavored with peppermint and dusted in powdered sugar to be a holiday cookie. It just has to be special.

Cocktail of the Month: The Coquito

In Poland, bison grass vodka is most commonly served with apple juice in a cocktail called the Tatanka. If the name of this drink rings a bell, you can thank Kevin Costner.

Cook on a Whim: Boozy Glazed Eggnog Sweet Rolls

These Christmas-y sweet rolls are like cinnamon rolls, but we replace the cinnamon with the quintessential eggnog spice: nutmeg (freshly grated, if you please).

Cook on a Whim: Pumpkin Swirl Cheesecake

Incredibly creamy and so delicious, beautiful and festive, this is the cheesecake that makes converts of those “Oh, I don’t like cheesecake” people.

Cook on a Whim: Uncle Rick’s Mashed Potatoes

This Thanksgiving recipe adds a tangy, salty, savoriness that you just can’t get enough of. You will never make mashed potatoes any other way.

Cook on a Whim: Dad’s Braised Green Beans

What they lack in color, they make up for in flavor. And that braising liquid (or pot liquor if we’re being real Southern) is just so darn delicious.