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Category: Christmas recipes

My Christmas Gift to You!  The original recipe for Monte’s Ham and Glaze

My Christmas Gift to You! The original recipe for Monte’s Ham and Glaze

Quite a few years ago, I concocted a recipe for Ham that became the very first Food Writing I ever did. It was published in Saveur Magazine in 1995 in a story I wrote titled: “The Ham Gambit:  How Carlotta fed 30 people for $6.99”.  […]

Our Five Most Popular  Christmas Cookie Recipes Ever!  Plus one…

Our Five Most Popular Christmas Cookie Recipes Ever! Plus one…

If you are going to the trouble of making Christmas cookies, why not make the best Christmas cookies any one ever tasted?  Since I live with one of the great Cookie Bakers of all time, it wasn’t exactly easy to come up with this list.  […]

Has anyone ever made a Tart as Christmas-y as this?      Cranberry Curd Tart from David Tanis in The New York Times with a deep bow to David Lebovitz

Has anyone ever made a Tart as Christmas-y as this? Cranberry Curd Tart from David Tanis in The New York Times with a deep bow to David Lebovitz

I marvel at Andrew’s passion for baking. And it’s at its zenith at holiday time.  It doesn’t necessarily mean Thanksgiving or Easter or Christmas.. It could be Valentine’s Day or the 4th of July.. But I have to say that this year’s output at Thanksgiving […]

Upstate Scalloped Potatoes

Upstate Scalloped Potatoes

The New York Times started a Page 3 that I start every day in New York with. It’s a treasure trove of factoids from articles in that day’s paper, a summary of what news mattered most the day before, a tiny little brainteaser of a […]

Melissa Clark’s Buttery Breakfast Casserole

The Breakfast Casserole is a particularly welcome dish over the holidays. With school out and plenty of days off, breakfast becomes a much bigger deal.  In truth, Melissa Clark’s most recent contribution to this genre is a prefect brunch dish as well.  It gets its […]

Shrimp Scampi, an amazingly fast Italian American Classic and the story of the Feast of the 7 Fishes.

                                                        Scampi  I first wrote this post a year ago. But I thought I would repeat it again […]

B’Soffener Kapuziner, an Austrian Family favourite nut-based cake, liberally doused with Gluhwein from the Stracey Family Cookbook

         When I was growing up in Montreal, my family had an endless stream of visitors, most of whom had some connection to my parent’s time in Britain during the Second World War.  They were both volunteers—my father was a Major in the Canadian Army […]

Thanksgiving Way Out West: Cornbread and Sausage Dressing

        There are stuffing people and there are dressing people, but no Thanksgiving Dinner is complete without one of the two. Not even one in California. ( By the way, the only difference between stuffing and dressing is whether you put the stuff […]

Two hams gone wrong…and two recipes that could have saved them…Cuban Pernil and Pigeon Peas and RIce

                        Ingrid Hoffman’s Recipe for Cuban Pernil uses a Fresh Ham as its start off point.          Much to my absolute horror, my dear friend, Ann Legette in Greensboro, NC, sent me the following […]