Christmas Archive

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As Good As a Feast

I have watched Disney’s Mary Poppins numerous times. As a child I stomped around the living room demanding ‘votes for women,’  imagined chortling myself up to a tea party on the ceiling, hopped in and out of chalk drawings, and swelled with the final notes of Let’s go Fly a Kite. It is

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Baking with Johnny Iuzinni

Last Saturday our family bundled up to spend the morning soaking up Christmas cheer in Downtown Seattle. There are many things to see and do Downtown this time of year but we went specifically to attend a cookie baking demonstration at Macy’s by celebrity pastry chef, and member of Macy’s Culinary Council,

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Festive Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Some very brave friends of ours started our Thanksgiving meals early this year when they invited all of their friends with kids to a pre-holiday feast. Over a dozen kids under the age of five generated a cacophony that made “11″ sound like the mewing of a newborn kitten. Amidst the blur

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Yummy Potato Casserole

Growing up there were a few dishes that my grandma would make only for holiday meals or special family dinners. My sister and I looked forward to them and made sure to double check that they would be on the menu a week or so in advance of the meal. One of

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No-Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Grahams

During my elementary school years people in Seattle dressed more formally for the office. My dad went to work wearing an pressed shirt, tie, and polished shoes that he covered with these funny waterproof over-shoes. He called them rubbers. That has nothing to do with the story but it makes me giggle.

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Peppermint Meringue Kisses

Waking to this winter’s first snowfall on Wednesday morning was such a treat. The reflection of cool morning light off smooth untouched snow turned our street bright and cheerful. In our temperate climate snow is always a novelty. In a second out-of-the-ordinary turn of events, The Little Helping was still sound asleep

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Gifting Sunshine – Candied Citrus

Winter in the Pacific Northwest is notoriously grey. I’m pretty sure the weather this time of year is the reason for our soggy reputation. It would be awfully handy to be able to manifest sunshine whenever the dreary clouds become overwhelming. I can’t give the sun to those I love but I

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Gingerbread with Light Cream Cheese Frosting

Strictly speaking I’m not one for following recipes. I can’t think of many times in the last few years that I have reproduced something as written. There are two primary reasons I go rogue. I either want to reduce the amount of calories and fat or I would like to use items

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The Healthy Cook’s Wish List & Gift Guide

The holiday season is a time for giving. It’s hard to beat the warm fuzzy feeling that comes from sharing a smile with a stranger, baking a gingerbread loaf for a neighbor, or presenting family and friends with presents wrapped to ‘pinable’ perfection. Giving a gift is a wonderful way to express

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Cardamom and Whiskey Pear Crisp

The night before Thanksgiving, I set out to make a light dessert option for the holiday. Nothing too ostentatious, just a simple and seasonal pear crisp. But, baking was the last item on my very long list of projects before the big day. It was late and I was getting punchier by the