When I was a kid, my parents sometimes brought home tins of deliriously delicious cheese crackers. I can’t remember the brand I think it was a British import but I do remember that my sister and brother and I would inhale them as soon the tin was opened. All these years later the flavour of those crackers, richly cheesy and spicy, remains burned into my memory.
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The weekend before Thanksgiving usually is my holiday gift-making weekend. Most years, my mother and I make wild persimmon fruitcakes, which we wrap in bourbon-soaked cheesecloth. They are so delicious.
All the parties and gatherings of the holiday season mean we often find ourselves in need of gifts. Sure, there are bottles of wine and pans of marshmallow-studded fudge, mini-loaves of banana-walnut bread and numerous plates of festively mismatched holiday cookies. But this year, maybe try something new to satisfy your gift-giving needs.
As the holidays draw near, I feel like I have two sticks of butter softening on my counter at all times, and I’m always on the verge of heating my oven to 350 F to bake cookies. But it’s also this time of year that the oven tends to be in high demand, perhaps put to work to roast a squash or a big piece of meat.
Many of the signature dishes of Hanukkah involve either cheese or frying in oil... Or both! Since I like to have it all, I created these fried sweet cheese and almond dumplings a luscious dessert ‚Äî featuring both ingredients. Happily, they are easy to make, requiring no special equipment other than a deep fat thermometer.
Around Hanukkah, we usually spend a lot of time thinking up new things to top our latkes with. After all, the potato pancakes themselves are pretty simple. Shred some potatoes, bind them into patties, then fry until golden and crisp. Now bring on the sour cream and apple sauce and smoked salmon and anything else you can dream up (caviar is awfully nice!).
There are many things that can make you feel like you’re on holiday. For me, it’s often the small things.
This is the treat that’s going to help you bridge the gap between the fun of summer and the warmth of the holidays.
These spiced maple-chestnut clusters aren’t just delicious holiday cookies. They also are your perfect crowd pleaser holiday cookie. Why a crowd pleaser? Because they are the sort of cookie you can serve to nearly anyone who comes to your house. As in, they are both vegan and gluten-free. Don’t roll your eyes.
Want the fun of making holiday cookies with the kids without going to the trouble of turning on the oven? These stovetop snowball cookies are the treat you need.