SPECIAL DEBBIE MACOMBER HOLIDAY POST--Celebrate the "Official Storyteller of Christmas"by Virginia C on November 27th, 2011, 9:39am
Debbie Macomber is truly in her element when it comes to all things Christmas! Her beautiful new "Debbie Macomber's Christmas Cookbook" is exquisitely evocative of favorite family memories and freshly appealing "traditions in the making". Much more than a holiday cookbook, it also offers decorating, craft, and gift ideas that are both simple and sensational. The recipes are mouth-watering, each one with that touch of something extra that you look for when preparing holiday foods. To please the palate: "Tropical Paradise Muffins"; "Overnight Sausage & Caramelized Onion Casserole"; "Cider-Glazed Roast Turkey"; "Three-Cheese Scalloped Potatoes"; "Roast Pork Tenderloin with Dijon-Molasses Glaze"; and "Winter Tomato Pie". The recipe showstopper for me was "White Chocolate Peppermint Cheesecake"--I love peppermint for the holidays! Decorate a big, beautiful gift basket for someone special and first put in a copy of this book. Surround the book with little tubs of "Soothing Scented Lip Balm, tuck in some "Bubbling Bath Cubes" and "Pinecone Fire Starters". Add in a jar of "Many Bean Soup Mix", some "Do It Yourself Spice Blend" packets, and a tin of "Homemade Chai Tea Mix". Most important of all, don't forget the cookies. Lots of little holiday gift bags of wonderful, wonderful cookies. The final touch: A handmade holiday card for an extra-special seasonal sentiment. I think I just figured out what Santa is bringing me this year!
Called the "Official Storyteller of Christmas", Debbie Macomber writes wonderful romances with an involving immediacy of characterizations. She makes the people very real for the reader and quickly draws you into the story line. I read "1225 Christmas Tree Lane" all in one sitting because I really wanted to know the outcome of the reunion romance between Beth Morehouse and her former husband, Kent. Their determined matchmaking daughters, Bailey and Sophie, have one goal in mind: getting their mom and dad back together! Beth runs a Christmas tree farm, and in addition to her scheming daughters, the impending arrival of her ex-husband, and the hustle and bustle of selling Christmas trees, she has to find homes for ten abandoned puppies! Placing those precious pups in the proper places is the perfect way for all of the residents of Cedar Cove to once again touch base. As the final line in the book says: "It was the kind of town anyone would love to call home." Brava! Thank you, Debbie!
The wonderful Cedar Cove Series from Debbie Macomber is a world unto itself. "The "Cedar Cove Cookbook" is charming--delightfully illustrated with colorful drawings and photographs, and it has a real "down home" feel from cover to cover. After the nostalgic and touching introduction from Debbie, one of her Cedar Cove characters, Charlotte Jefferson Rhodes, takes over as guide and offers insights into the residents of Cedar Cove as she introduces each chapter. The food varies from new ideas to familiar favorites, and it all makes you want to get out in the kitchen and rattle those pots and pans! Many of these recipes were standards in our own homes as we were growing up, handed down from our grandmother to our mother, and then passed along to us. If you have children or grandchildren who like to spend time with you as you cook, then they will enjoy sitting down at the kitchen table and picking out recipes that they want to make. Some of the recipes are quite simple, but they lack nothing in the flavor and enjoyment that they offer! Each recipe is accompanied by a little cooking tip or tidbit. How do these titles sound: "Sunday Sour Cream Coffee Cake"; "Broccoli and Cheese Soup in a Bread Bowl"; "Fresh Herb Crab Cakes with Homemade Tartar Sauce"; "Braised Brussels Sprouts with Bacon"; and "Strawberry-Rhubarb Crisp". My favorite part is the cookies--yummy! Cookies are one of my four food groups : )
Two of Debbie's holiday books, "Mrs. Miracle" and "Call Me Mrs. Miracle", have been made into TV movies for the Hallmark Channel. Starring beloved actress Doris Roberts as "Mrs. Miracle", both films are now holiday favorite viewing! Here's a link from Debbie's website for all of her holiday books: http://debbiemacomber.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=books&pageID=35
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