Spicy 4-Seed Gingerbread Bites

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Among the flavors that, for me, evoke nostalgia for the holidays, cinnamon and ginger dominate. The cozy-spicy duo is hard to beat — any time of the year — and even more so when the two merge in gooey, intense gingerbread bites with other warming spices, sticky dates, a hint of orange, plus four types of seeds.

I’m sharing these today not just to prolong my love of the winter season, but also because the ingredients show some serious love to your heart for American Heart Month.

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Almond Ginger Coconut Macaroons

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For 99% of the year I am firmly set in a rhythm of predawn wake-ups — obssesed with watching the sun rise — and tucked inbed weellllll before midnight. The other one percent I trade my stalking of daybreak for inky nighttime skies when the moon puts on a remarkably super show.

November’s full “Beaver/Frost” moon earlier in the week was the second of three consecutive supermoons of this year. The supermoon occurs when a new or full moon is at its closest approach to Earth in orbit — normally a distance of about 238,900 miles, the gap narrowed on Monday by more than 17,000 miles. A phenomenon not seen for 68 years!

In addition to being closer and brighter, the full supermoon is a fittingly autumnal amber upon rising, then fades to the usual buttery white as it climbs higher. Though dense, low cloud cover obstructed my views on Monday and Tuesday, I did catch a glimpse of the creamy, almost-full giant as it set behind a stand of tall loblolly pines early Sunday morning.

Maybe it was sleep deprivation, but my mind wandered as I watched, conjuring visions of golden coconut macaroons. Perfectly domed and big enough to fill the palm of my hand. #superm[acar]oons

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Herb + Onion All-Meatballs (Grain-Free + Egg-Free)

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Back in the Midwest our supper table saw its fair share of ground beef: sloppy joes and tacos, meatloaf, Hamburger Helper. In the round, however, our exposure was limited to Grandma’s occasional porcupine meatballs — beef and rice balls cooked and served in a seasoned tomato sauce. I want to think the secret ingredient was love, but have a sneaking suspicion it was condensed tomato soup. Regardless, wonderful, and a fun little glimpse into my late 80s and early 90s upbringing.

Then, a ways down the road, palates slightly more mature, came the introduction to Totero’s. It was a veritable step out of southeastern Wisconsin and into southern Italy, with as few frills as possible, in the best way imaginable. Sadly shuttered in 2014 after 75 years, this priceless gem and its family’s infallible, no-nonsense red sauce and cue ball-sized meatballs live on in memory to inspire great recipes.

Like this!

herby grain-free meatballs

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