Stained Glass Cookies

“We can EAT these?” Andrew (age 5) asked incredulously. “Yes, you can eat them,” I replied, “they ’re cookies. You can also hang them from your tree.” “What ’s inside?” asked Matthew (7). “Lifesavers. And Jolly Ranchers.” “LIFESAVERS? AND JOLLY RANCHERS?” It ’s as if Santa himself had just poked his head through the fireplace. […]

Yorkshire Pudding

The texture of a Yorkshire pudding is nothing like a pudding in the modern sense of the word. Not a custard, it ’s more like a cross between a soufflé and a cheese puff (without the cheese). The batter is like a very thin pancake batter, which you pour into a hot casserole dish over […]

Peppermint Meringue Cookies

Whenever I make ice cream from scratch, we usually have lots of leftover egg whites to use up. Meringues (or as my nephew calls them, “little pavlovas”) are little cookies made with basically just egg whites and sugar, with a little vinegar and salt added to help the mixture hold its structure when whipped. In […]

Maple-Glazed Yams with Pecan Topping

A typical holiday feast around here is a rather colorful affair. Lots of browns, yellows, reds, and greens. And then there is orange. I can ’t remember a Thanksgiving without a vibrant dish of garnet yams (a.k.a. sweet potatoes). Usually we just mash them up with some brown sugar and spices. But a few years […]