Drop Everything and Make Cookies

Bourbon-Orange Pecan Pie Bars Tradition reigns at Christmas, and a tradition I treasure is baking cookies. When holiday chores loom, I’ll postpone mailing, wrapping and other to-dos, to get to work in the kitchen. I pay attention to “added sugars” and have cut back. I’m thrilled that the new food label, debuting in 2020, will […]

Holiday Gifts – Homemade and Healthy

Spiced Nut and Cranberry Mix Since childhood, I have made gifts, mostly edibles, to offer as Christmas gifts to family and friends.  Something homemade is a gift from the hands and heart, offering more than what comes from a purchased gift – or so I was taught early on.   Always one to experiment, some […]

Holiday Stress and Holiday Eating

Rolled Sugar Cookies  I read a statistic recently that only 40% of people enjoy eating, down from 50%. (Reference 1) It’s probably lower during the holidays because it’s such a stressful time.  Everywhere you turn is a plate of cookies, an eggnog, or a party. Every time you open the front door there’s another tower […]

Put Spice and Color in that Stuffing

 Green Chili Stuffing with Chorizo, Sun Dried Tomatoes and Jalapenos  There is one thing I like about football season – my husband Brad volunteers to make the Thanksgiving stuffing the Saturday before Thanksgiving while watching a series of his favorite college football games.  Since he’s cooking, we make his favorite stuffing, a very colorful, spicy […]