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Chocolate Crinkles

These holiday cookies were a favorite of mine when I was growing up. I loved the contrast between the crackly bits of snowy powdered sugar and the chewy, chocolatey cookie beneath, the specialness of their only-at-Christmas appearances. They’re a bit … Continue reading

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Panforte di Siena

Panforte di Siena is a specialty of that Tuscan town, a chewy-gooey confection that tastes like Christmas even if you’ve never set foot in Italy: sweet spices and honey, candied citrus, dried fruits, almonds and hazelnuts. On the books as … Continue reading

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Spiced Cocktail Nuts

This, friends, was a totally last-minute recipe. As of 8:30 this morning, I’d completely forgotten to test a single recipe (let alone write anything) for this week’s post (we’ve been having leftover soup and roast chicken and takeout from the … Continue reading

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Peppermint Cocoa

It’s been a busy, bustling holiday season this year, nearly every hour accounted for (many of those hours spent at parties, though, so I’m certainly not complaining) and to-do lists crammed to the hilt with cheerful pursuits: working, gift-shopping, cooking, baking, mailing, … Continue reading

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Gingerbread

We are in full Christmas swing, friends. The tree is trimmed, the halls are decked, I’ve had about three gallons of seasonal lattes, I’ve already indulged in a little wassailing (hello, amaretto) and my “Hot Toddy Holiday Mix” is steady … Continue reading

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Homemade Amaretto (Part Two)

It’s been four weeks since we embarked on this little kitchen project, but I’m happy to report that our amaretto is ready! Exhale that bated breath, uncross those fingers and wonder no more, dearhearts: it is marvelous. The amaretto tastes … Continue reading

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Pfeffernüsse

Pfeffernüsse! Perhaps the only cookie to beat out snickerdoodles in the “fun-to-say-it” department, pfeffernüsse literally translates from German to “pepper-nuts”, a nod to its spiced molasses flavor (a bit of actual black pepper included), finely chopped almonds and nuggety little … Continue reading

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Spiced Cranberry Sauce

In my family, we have an unwavering Thanksgiving menu, with very little to no variation from one year to the next. We are Thanksgiving purists, strict literalists of the Turkey Day canon: turkey, stuffing, gravy, mashed potatoes. We never bow … Continue reading

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Homemade Amaretto (Part One)

The holidays are nearly upon us, friends! Halloween is squarely in the rearview mirror, and it’s less than two weeks until turkey and sweet potatoes. (I know. Say it with me: where did the time go?) And as soon as … Continue reading

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