Tag Archives: Holidays

Spice Cookies and Happy Thanksgiving

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I’m sure you have all of your Thanksgiving desserts under control.  If so, put this one on your list for your Christmas cookie power baking day. Because I’m sure you have that day, right? The one where you try to make every cookie in your repertoire, just because you can.  And you must.

Maybe skip the sugar cookie cutouts this year for something a little more interesting.  Not to mention, if you’re not exactly the Martha Stewart of cookie decorating, these are much more forgiving.

Spice cookies are the warm hug of cookies.  These ones are particularly lovely with the addition of honey for that extra depth of something-something.

Take a little nibble nibble of a spice cookie, a sip of latte, repeat.  Do it. It’s a mini holiday.

Many folks’ Christmas trees are already up, and holiday lights seem to start twinkling soon after Halloween.  What about the less glitzy, (slightly) less commercial Thanksgiving?  Though it seems Thanksgiving doesn’t get all the credit it deserves, it is one of my personal favorite holidays.

The plethora of exceptional food is, of course, one reason I love it.  More importantly, each year it never fails that I am reminded to quit worrying about little things and to focus on positivity and how truly lucky I am.  It may seem cliche to talk about what you are thankful for on this day, but I’m going to do it anyway.
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Holiday Gift Guide for the Home Culinarian

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                                                                                                                                                              Photo Courtesy Bugs and Fishes

Holiday gift shopping can be tough, especially when you have an aspiring home chef, entertainer or gourmet in your life.  How do you know what they already have, or would love and use in the kitchen?  I mean, you may be Santa, but your elves are probably on permanent vacation.  There are so many days when I wish I had a staff of elves.  Anyway…

As an avid home cook myself, I compiled this list categorized by price (because let’s face it, we all have different gift budgets).  There’s also some creative stocking stuffers and gifts to get kids in the kitchen.

I handpicked these gifts from some of my favorite retailers and artists, including Williams-Sonoma Cookware, Anthropologie, Sur La Table, DEAN & DELUCA, artist Carrol Boyes, Amazon, Crate & Barrel, UncommonGoods and more. Each item is available online to make your holiday shopping a little easier.

Whether you’re shopping for friends, family or, ahem…yourself, these gifts will inspire your home cook to create all kinds of goodness in the kitchen.

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Getting Mentally Prepared for Thanksgiving.

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(Comic courtesy www.nataliedee.com)
I have officially just butchered my first turkey.   Actually, first animal in general.  Since my knife skills are horrible at best, I generally avoid buying cuts of meat that need to have the bones removed.  I usually leave that to the professionals.  But apparently there is no such thing as a boneless, skinless, natural turkey breast in Tacoma.   I know, the fact that I removed the turkey breasts from a turkey may not be a notable event to you, but I am pretty excited.  It even looked right.  Can’t wait to butcher my next whole animal.  Next time, maybe a chicken.  Oooohhhh…Ahhhhh… Read More »