The very loose translation of "auld lang syne" is time gone by. More specifically, it is Scots language, not to be confused with Gaelic, from the lowlands of Scotland, and means, "old long since." In 1788, Robert Burns penned the ancient poem which until then had only existed as an unwritten poem amongst the older… Continue reading Auld Lang Syne
Growing up, Sunday supper meant pot roast. It was wonderful. My mother often did it in the crock pot and slow cooked it while we were at church. When we came home, our noses were filled with the tantalizing scent of vinegar and onions, carrots, and potatoes. It was always tender and flavorful. We gathered… Continue reading The 12 Days of Christmas Bake Along, Day 12: Apricot Pork Tenderloin
Make your Christmas morning SIMPLE with this make-ahead show stopper. All you need to do is pop it into a preheated oven, before you unwrap gifts and it will be ready when you are. This pumpkin pie bread pudding is a dream recipe because it is not only ridiculously simple to make, but it uses… Continue reading The 12 Days of Christmas, Day 11: Pumpkin Pie Bread Pudding
Aromatic, flavorful, and unique, this holiday dressing highlights many of the best flavors possible in what is usually portrayed as an overtired, underappreciated side dish. It's a nice way to class up the traditional box mix, or you can go all the way and use your favorite dried bread as well.
I fully credit my sister for this brilliance, as well as the work that went into making this batch of brittle for me to photograph in action. As a child I never cared for peanut brittle. Until my sister decided to make it with pistachios one year, I had no idea how good this fun… Continue reading The 12 Days of Christmas Bake Along, Day 9: Pistachio Brittle
I've been late in the day posting my lovely recipes these past few days because of kids holiday and school activities. Last night, two of my children had to choose between two different singing gigs on opposite sides of the valley. They opted for Christmas caroling. The thing is that one of the people who… Continue reading The 12 Days of Christmas Bake Along, Day 8: New England Apple Cake
I'm talking about candy fudge. Not "the f-dash-dash-dash word." Most people, at least here in the US, make fudge for Christmas. Usually chocolate, sometimes peanut butter, because you know how much Americans love peanut butter, and occasionally some other random flavor. I can't tell you how many times I have been told, "My family uses… Continue reading The 12 Days of Christmas Bake Along, Day 7: Ohhhhhhh Fffuuuuuuuuuuuudddgggge!
Want to feel like a bad*** in your kitchen? Do you sometimes have visitors who will be coming for tea in less than an hour and you didnt have time to prepare something? Wish you could whip up something special at the drop of a hat? Memorize this: "Half a cup, one cup, three-quarters cup,… Continue reading The 12 Days of Christmas Bake Along, Day 6: Nuns Puffs
Look, I get it. This is also a cheat because it is cooking, not baking. But you need this! It's worth it. I justify it because it is good to have healthy foods to savor in the midst of the sugary goodness I keep promoting throughout this series. Oh, and this is a perfect use… Continue reading The 12 Days of Christmas Bake Along, Day 5: Ginger Chicken Soup
Every autumn, as a personal rule, I greedily hoard fresh pumpkins of every size, and I carefully tuck away a few bags of fresh cranberries into my freezer. I find a guiltless satisfaction knowing I have such beautiful ingredients to add to any recipe on a whim. And who could blame me? In these cooler… Continue reading The 12 Days of Christmas Baking, Day 4: Spiced Pumpkin Cranberry Breakfast Cookies