Category Archives: Holidays

King Cake

Mardi Gras is one huge party – there’s no denying it. One of the traditions of the celebration is a king cake. Generally speaking, the cake is actually a yeast-risen bread. Sometimes, it can be a sort of rich, danish dough filled with almond paste, but more often it seems to be a variation on a cinnamon bun, filled with sugary cream cheese. I know ... Read More »

Maple Popcorn Balls with Cranberries and Pecans

Popcorn has been around for about 5000 years. At a site known as the “Bat Cave” in New Mexico, an anthropologist and a botanist, along with several graduate students, discovered layers of prehistoric “trash” stretching back thousands of years, which contained all manner of corn cobs and even popped corn. There were many unpopped kernels so well preserved that they popped when placed in hot ... Read More »

Merry Christmas 2005

We all know that nothing says Christmas like a cat, curled up by the fire with a pointsetta in the background. Except for trees, mistletoe, eggnog, piles of food and (my favorite) marshmallows and cocoa. But having your cat around, especially when he’s has just returned after beeing missing for days, makes the day all the more special. I’m glad Kiri is home, Clare! Phoebe ... Read More »

Easy Homemade Eggnog (uncooked)

I must confess that I never particularly cared for eggnog. Until very recently, I had only ever had store-bought eggnog and, while the consistency reminded me pleasantly of a thick milkshake, I couldn’t get past the semi-eggy, custard-gone-awry sort of flavor. I ordinarily like custard, too, but I basically gave up on the drink. I’d have a sip every now and again, in case my ... Read More »

Soft Cutout Christmas Cookies

Soft Cutout Christmas Cookies

I don’t particularly like crisp, buttery cookies with frosting on them. I feel like the sugary coating takes something away from the simplicity of that type of cookie. In other words, if it’s a good butter cookie, I don’t want to disguise it with icing. But Christmas cookies deserve to be decorated as much as the tree and there is only so much that one ... Read More »

Dirt Cups

The best part about being, say, under the age of 11 is that you get to order off the kid’s menu in restaurants. The main course offerings of kid’s menu are not the terribly exciting. In fact, many such menus are limited to plain hamburgers, grilled cheese and french fries. No, the thing that makes me nostalgic is the free dessert that comes along with ... Read More »

Pumpkin Hummus and Pita Chips

Having recently acquired some seasonal cookie cutters, it was not a big leap to decide to use them to cute something other than dough, although you might not suspect that if you’ve been paying attention this week. I layered some fresh pitas and pressed the butters through them to make lots of thin chips. There is no magic number here, simply make as many as ... Read More »

Gingerbread Skeletons

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Halloween is a fantastic holiday. It is low pressure and all of the individual elements are fun: dressing up, carving pumpkins, eating treats. For anyone who doesn’t celebrate it, kids dress up in costumes and people give them candy. I practically lived for the holiday when I was little; I didn’t get much candy at home. Of course, as I got older I learned to ... Read More »

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