Monday, December 9, 2013
It's official: the holidays are upon us. I don't know about you, but I'm almost not ready for gingerbread, peppermint, and eggnog to invade my world.
As far as eggnog is concerned, my husband begs to differ. A diehard eggnog freak, he stalks the dairy aisle each November in eager anticipation of the precious nog, and swills down as much as he can before it disappears mid-January. Perhaps you can relate?
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Sunday, December 8, 2013
Ah, Thanksgiving, my favorite holiday. Who doesn't like a mandatory day off to do nothing but cook and eat with friends and family? Hope yours was wonderful.
But like all good things, Thanksgiving comes and goes in a blink (unless you count re-imaginings of that 20-lb. turkey for the next month). What with the late date this year, I'm absolutely ready to dive into Christmas preparations already. Holiday cards, gift wrap, shopping, & planning...it's on.
The onslaught of Christmas junk is not something I normally look forward to. Does anyone really like 'Jingle Bells' blaring 24/7, scrambling for a parking spot at the mall, dashing back and forth between tedious annual gatherings, or watching the steady yet alarming descent of the bank account balance in December? Not I. You can keep your tacky decorations and your consumerism, thanks. I'd rather do some preserving and impromptu tart-making than get trampled at Walmart.
Friday, November 22, 2013
I don't know about you, but just the words "pear gingerbread cake" make me salivate a bit. In real life, it's just as good as you imagine it. Not so bad for a recipe stemming from an epic flop, eh?
Monday, November 4, 2013
Think long and hard with me for a second--have you ever actually made anything pinned to one of your Pinterest boards? By and large, I bet the answer is no. As Maxwell over at Design*Sponge pointed out recently, Pinterest is more of an online identity-creation tool than a springboard for actual doing. We have great intentions, but zero follow-through.
Consequently, I've been a little hesitant to put Wooden Spoon up on Pinterest. I want you to actually make the things shared here, and in turn share them with your people. A recipe in a box or a photo on a board is only so useful, right?
Monday, October 28, 2013
A friend commented on Facebook a while back, "I've started making soup and I can't stop!"
Sister, I'm right there with you. It might still be in the 70s here, but the day we clicked off the AC, I started churning out soup like a madwoman.
Poor man's soup was in regular (possibly too regular) rotation when I was a kid. My mom tore the recipe out of the Seattle Times and proceeded to throw it together after work about once a week. Making it again as an adult, I can see why this was so popular with her: it's fast and nourishing, and requires simple ingredients that are likely already on hand in your pantry and freezer.