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elaine-mcclory's picture
Dec.14.2011
My secret ingredient to make our Christmas holiday special is to feed all of the senses.  Lots of visuals: from red and green fabrics to bright lights and shiny ornaments.  Delicious foods to eat that only appear on the table during this time.  (OK, so I'm too lazy to make cookies...
jenn-lopez's picture
Dec.14.2011
Growing up as a military brat, we moved around a lot and didn't spend much time with our grandparents, even around the holidays.  When my father retired in Texas, we settled down for the first time and began attending a church regularly. Some of the church members were grandparent aged and...
marilyn-kallet's picture
Dec.14.2011
A few years back, I composed a book of holiday stories and recipes, One For Each Night: Chanukah Tales and Recipes.  The recipes are my mother-in-law's--Hilda used to be a caterer in Philadelphia, specializing in desserts.  Each story centers around food (I'm Jewish!) and the recipes...
jeffrey-pierce's picture
Dec.14.2011
In our home, we celebrate Solstice during the winter holiday season. One of the most important things that we do for Solstice is that the gift giver has to tell the recipient WHY they are giving them the gift. For instance, my son Gavin wants to get in shape, is always wanting to spend more time...
madeline-sharples's picture
Dec.14.2011
Most of the people in my family celebrate Hanukkah, and it had always been our tradition to give our nieces and nephews money – Hanukkah gelt – every year. The amount always varied depending on how wealthy or not we felt in a given year. However, as they grew up and married and had children of...
laurel-anne-hill's picture
Dec.14.2011
What's my secret ingredient to add meaning to the holidays?  I find inspiration in ordinary events and share my thoughts with friends and family.  Below is my "Christmas Letter" for 2011, entitled "Strings for Thought."   Strings for Thought Christmas lights twinkled, sleigh bells...
blair-kilpatrick's picture
Dec.14.2011
It’s hard to describe the experience of biting into a slice of potica.  Thin spirals of rich yeast dough, layered with butter, encase a simple, elemental filling: walnuts, sugar, and cinnamon.  Everything is drenched in honey.  It’s sensuous but sturdy, like the love child of challah...
louann-geauvreau-karry's picture
Dec.14.2011
                My secret ingredient to the holidays is not a  special spice, or colourful cookie, or even a delightful delicacy--it is a tradition steeped in memory. Here is my tiny tale:           ...
red-room-well-red's picture
Dec.08.2011
The holidays are a time for fantasy, and all fantasies need special behind-the-scenes touches to sustain the magic. This week, please blog about that one ingredient—food-related or not—that you use to show your loved ones that this season is special. Please tag your post secret holiday ingredient...