Colored Roll-Out Sugar Cookies:
Christmas Stars

Just in time for Christmas cookie plates, an oh-so-pretty and easy-to-work-with roll-out sugar cookie dough that makes festive Christmas Stars, red and white and sparkly silver. No icing required! Let the holiday baking begin! For a while now, I’ve tried to find ‘my’ recipe for rolled sugar cookies, the cut-out cookies that add such a festive look to Christmas cookie plates. Little did I know that the recipe – at minimum, a contender – would come right from my family’s cookbook and my dear Auntie Gloria. Let me tell you about this wonder woman, my aunt. She tossed off the label of ‘disabled’ even after losing an arm in a childhood accident. Somehow she managed to play tennis and curl; diaper babies (with safety pins, people!); knit, crochet and sew; host huge family dinners and be-costumed parties. Somehow she managed to entwine ropes of sugar cookie dough, one red, one white, to form the prettiest little candy cane cookies you can imagine, a sweet cookie favorite from

Finnish Meatballs

How to make homemade Finnish Meatballs from scratch, baked in the oven and cloaked in the traditional Finnish cream gravy and served with lingonberries. My recipe uses three techniques to turn out light and tender meatballs. The meatballs may be made in advance and frozen, then finished and served as an appetizer or a main course in a shallow skillet or slow cooker. Finnish Meatballs (that's Suomolaiset Lihapullat in Finnish) are perfect for holiday entertaining, no last-minute cooking! Finnish Meatballs are traditional at Christmas in Finland, below you'll find a Finnish Christmas menu with typical Scandinavian recipes. Traditional Finnish Recipe, a Favorite at Christmas. Three Easy Techniques for Light, Tender Meatballs. Great for Meal Prep, Great for Freezing, Great for Mostly Hands-Off Party Food. Low Carb. High Protein.

Chocolate Ginger Crinkle Cookies

Maybe we should hold a contest to name these cookies, for there’s no deciding. Gingerbread Cookies with Chocolate? Chocolate Spice Cookies? Chocolate Chip Ginger Cookies? I finally decided on Chocolate Ginger Crinkle Cookies but what I really know these chocolate-y ginger-y cookies deserve is, “C’mon over. Let’s dunk a cookie into a cup of coffee.” A little long, yes, but aren’t you just dying for a coffee now? These cookies, they'll do that to ya. A Sweet Treat Especially for Gingerbread Lovers, Coffee Lovers and Chocolate Lovers. Great for Gifts. Quick to Make with Pantry Ingredients. Spice Forward.

My Mom's Recipe for Turkey Tetrazzini

Wondering about good ways to use up leftover turkey? (Or leftover roast chicken?) Here's one recipe idea, an old favorite from my mother. It's home-cooking good and will be on the table in no time. And for anyone feeling less than svelte after the holiday? In Weight Watchers points, it's just six PointsPlus for a main dish serving, about as good it gets! My home ec-teacher mom was my personal cooking help line, as much as it pained her to answer my some times clueless questions. You see, I’d been allowed to pass out of Foods I, the beginning high school cooking class she taught, straight into Foods II taught by another home ec teacher. “Hello, Mom? How do I make … ” From the other end of the phone came the audible sigh I’d come to expect. With each gap in my knowledge, she’d berate, “If you’d only taken Foods I.” Luckily, it became our little joke, a private moment of shared history. Today’s young cooks have no idea what it’s like to face a mother like th

Recipe for Fresh Jellied Cranberry Sauce with Apple

Recipe for jellied cranberry sauce made with fresh cranberries and softly gelled with the natural pectin in apples. A perfect recipe substitute for cylinders of canned cranberry sauce all jiggly-wobbly with high-fructose corn syrup. Quick and easy and nothing – nothing – like canned cranberry sauce. No gelatin so naturally vegan. The sad news that the pages of Gourmet shall go blank this month hit hard, like the loss of a family elder who seemed ready to live forever. Looking back, it was Gourmet’s 1986 or 1987 Thanksgiving issue that first revealed to me the concept of simple food cooked well, and in season, that expresses the food sensibility I call my own today. Who needs a can of mushroom soup when it’s so easy to slice mushrooms for Homemade Mushroom Soup ? Who wants a fridgeful of salad dressing when it’s so fast to mix a quick vinaigrette right in the salad bowl? Twelve boxes (one for each month) of back issues are testament to a long affair with food magazines, Go