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It’s holiday cookie time: 7 recipes to try

| | Dec 12 2017 - 12:15am | Comments

The merriment of the holidays is built on many things: Cheerful wishes of happiness and goodwill from strangers. Cultural memories of sleigh rides across fields of sparkling snow. Even the joy to be found in giving gifts to friends and loved ones.

  1. | Posted: Dec 12 2017 - 12:15am

    The merriment of the holidays is built on many things: Cheerful wishes of happiness and goodwill from strangers. Cultural memories of sleigh rides across fields of sparkling snow. Even the joy to be found in giving gifts to friends and loved ones.

  2. | Posted: Dec 12 2017 - 12:05am

    If, like me, you’re a fan of dark chocolate peppermint bark at Christmastime, you’re going to love these cookies. Your friends and family will, too. But you’ll have to plan ahead because the batter is so soft it needs to chill overnight before scooping.

  3. | Posted: Dec 10 2017 - 12:06am

    Traditional nursery decor tends to be a gently stirred mix of cute animals, soft hues and nicely matched furnishings. And there’s much to be said for all that sweet serenity; these are rooms both peaceful and soothing.

  4. | Posted: Dec 10 2017 - 12:06am

    Holiday decorating is all about adding a bit of cheer and sparkle, a task made easier by the recent popularity of all things metallic. With winter’s shortage of daylight, the sheen of metallic furnishings, fabric and decorative pieces can add a dose of the brightness and warmth so many of us are seeking.

  5. | Posted: Dec 8 2017 - 4:28pm

    “Ants in a Tree” is the English translation of the Chinese name for this classic recipe. Built of spicy pork, bean thread noodles (aka cellophane noodles) and scallions, it earned its name because it’s not so far-fetched for the finished dish to call that image to mind — the noodles look like tree branches, the scallions like tree leaves and the little bits of ground pork like ants. Admittedly, it’s not a very appetizing image, but the dish itself happens to be a crowd-pleaser. Indeed, it’s a refreshing break from the usual holiday fare.

  6. | Posted: Dec 8 2017 - 4:28pm

    You’ve likely seen persimmon in the grocery store and then shied away from it, not quite sure what to do with it.

  7. | Posted: Dec 8 2017 - 4:28pm

    When it comes to planning a holiday spread, a salad is often an afterthought. Stately roasts, crowd-pleasing potatoes and sultry pies tend to grab the spotlight, and by the time we think, “Oh, yeah, we should probably have a salad,” a bag of mixed lettuces and a container of cherry tomatoes might be all we have the mental bandwidth for.

  8. | Posted: Dec 3 2017 - 8:27pm

    Colleen Haraden-Gorski uses her embroidery skills these days to embellish quilts made by students at school and community center workshops on themes of social justice and working together to make a difference.

  9. | Posted: Nov 28 2017 - 12:05am

    A Reedley, California, farmer has a big surprise for kiwi lovers. Jerry Kliewer is the exclusive grower of the largest variety of the fruit you have ever seen.

  10. | Posted: Nov 28 2017 - 12:05am

    Coconut is optimizing its resume. As it should. No job is secure in the gig economy, not even topping seven-layer bars over the holidays.

  11. | Posted: Nov 28 2017 - 12:05am

    So, what is lemon curd, and what do you do with it?

  12. | Posted: Nov 28 2017 - 12:05am

    Because we have always been big fans of San Francisco-style sourdough bread, our Alaskan tour guides made our mouths water every time they referred to the common nickname for a Klondike prospector, a sourdough.

  13. | Posted: Nov 13 2017 - 9:58pm

    When I tell people I grew up in a family of pie bakers, it’s easy to imagine I’m bragging. My mother’s pies are legendary — rich, velvety custard fillings or mounded fruit pies, each cradled in an ornately decorated crust, golden and with the most delicate layers. And don’t get me started on my grandmother; in her day, she was known as the “Pie Baker of Villa Park,” a small suburb west of Chicago.

  14. | Posted: Nov 13 2017 - 9:58pm

    Q: What’s the best way to soften brown sugar that has gone hard?

  15. | Posted: Nov 13 2017 - 9:52pm

    There’s a lot of home decorating advice out there on how to create the perfect kitchen. But what goes into designing a truly great dining room?