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Beauty and the Feast In her new book, Life from Scratch , NCIS: Hawai’i star Vanessa Lachey delivers delectable eats for every season. W INTER IS MAGICAL. BUT LET’S BE real here–it can also be crazy stress- ful. It’s cold; the kids are on break from school; you have to figure out what gifts to give your in-laws and bosses and what you’re going to do for the kids’ teachers. It’s no wonder we start counting down the days until spring break while it’s still freezing outside. Despite the stress, winter is also a season of warmth and reflection. It’s pine-scented candles and chocolate chip cookies baking in the oven. It’s twin- kling lights and cozy pajamas. It’s binge-watching your favorite holiday movies and spending quality

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VANESSA LACHEY with her family

time with the people you love. It’s eating warm chicken tetrazzini (one of my winter favorites and, coincidentally, the meal I ate before each of my kids’ births) and enjoying a cozy cocktail. I continue a few of the traditions that began during my childhood, but most of our winter traditions were started by Nick [Lachey] and me as a way to remember what matters most in life: connection, closeness, and comfort

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