Tag: Traditions

HOME COOKING: THE WORLD ON MY PLATE

THE KITCHEN! It feels good just to say it! Why? Well, for a gazillion different reasons. Memories are made there. Traditions are created and passed on from there. Our senses are stimulated there. It’a a gathering place. It’s a comfort place. Why? Because we COOK there! Home Cooking was always […]

SWEET BREAD

Since I was a young teen, I have made this bread every year for Easter. Why? TRADITION! Roasting whole lamb on an outside spit with groups of family willing to rotate basting, while laughing and drinking throughout the night. Red (only) eggs dyed with a concentrated powder as dark as […]

THANKSGIVING MEAL 200 YEARS AGO

THANKSGIVING. Nearly 400 years ago. Wow! Imagine how the meal was prepared. Allow me to share a fascinating ‘find’ with you. Nearly midway from the first Thanksgiving until now. I found the pages of what appeared a book in the making. But somehow, they were never compiled, or published. And […]

PIZZELLE COOKIES

Sights, sounds, smells, and tastes; the holidays are rich with the memories of these. Pizzelles, for my family, are a holiday cookie requested each and every year. These beautiful large snowflakes fill the aroma of the kitchen with anise seed as they sizzle between the pizzelle press. An Italian cookie, […]

CHRISTMAS GOOSE

Nothing says “Holiday Feast” quite like a Goose! It’s succulent, dark, flavorful meat makes it a prize hunt for the holidays. While I have never cooked a goose before, I was curious to see if roasting it the way I would roast any large piece of meat would prove noteworthy. […]

ENGLISH CHRISTMAS PUDDING

  Charles Dickens. A Christmas Carol, I believe was the first and only time I had encountered The Christmas Pudding. Now, married to a British Gentleman, I accepted the challenge to – Recreate The Christmas Pudding. Traditions are like that. Particularly at holiday time, we reach deep into our memories […]

LINZER COOKIES

  A favorite family Christmas Cookie has long been the Linzer Cookie. Why? I think because it’s appearance and flavors encompass Christmas colors and flavors better than any other cookie I make. Linzer Cookies were first derived from Austria, with almond meal in the cookie dough and raspberry or current […]