We praise the music, words, flavors, rituals, and ideas that made our lives a little richer this year.
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My Favorite Holiday Dessert
"God almighty, my cinnamon rolls are knock-dead delicious. They've been to Gayle's radio show; to Harpo to meet Fergie, the Duchess of York; to Oprah's place in California. But it's Tyler Perry who loves them most. Last Christmas I cooked for him at a ranch near Jackson Hole, and he asked me to make these rolls just about every other day. I put them on the menu at my new restaurant in Atlanta, Southern Art, as Tyler's Rolls."