Monthly Archives: December 2010

Homemade Gifts: Toffee Bars with White Chocolate

Toffee Bars

Our former neighbor and dear family friend, Liz, is renowned for the plates of cookies that she prepares annually at Christmas. As kids, my sister and I would fight over our favorites, and they would – reliably, mysteriously – disappear in the night time. Blame the straying fingers of elves or a hungry Santa Claus […]

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Homemade Gifts: Apple Molasses Bread

Apple Molasses Bread

Do you have room for any more sweets? I hope you do. Because there are a lot of cookies in your near future, some of which you’ll find here. And because this Apple Molasses Bread (from Eating Is Art) is just the loveliest thing – it errs on the less-sweet side of the sugar spectrum, […]

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Chicken Ginger Soup with Noodles

Chicken Ginger Soup with Noodles

I like to temper all of the cookies, toffees, sugary treats, cheeses, sparkling wines and festive cocktails with something ridiculously healthy during the week. And I like to think of this soup as restorative, packed as it is with things that are kind to you and your immune system: green onions, ginger, garlic, broccoli, arugula, […]

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Holiday Cocktails: The Tyrolean Spritz

Holiday Cocktail: Tyrolean Spritz

The New York Times’ recent holiday cocktail spread featured a drink, The Bohemian Spritz, that they described as compellingly arboreal. I would like to imbibe something compellingly arboreal this time of year, standing next to a sprightly evergreen tree, or near a fire, or in a chalet. Sadly, the most compellingly arboreal ingredient, pine liqueur, […]

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Rugelach with Pecans, Brown Sugar and Cinnamon

Rugelach with Pecans, Brown Sugar and Cinnamon

When I first moved to San Francisco I was a frequent patron of Rainbow Grocery. And they have this lovely pastry section, which is where I discovered rugelach. I also discovered that it was nearly impossible to resist these buttery little confections, and would leave having compulsively purchased one or three. Fortunately I have been […]

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