The Tradition of Holiday Cookies

The mystery is solved! As you may recall, I have been wondering where the tradition of baking cookies at the holidays came from.  After doing some more research I found an answer on the blog of “The Perfectly Imperfect Mom” (love that name).  She explains…

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The tradition of the cookie can be traced back to ancient days. Originally when Prussian cooks to the royals needed to test their wood fire ovens before baking a cake, they’d place a small sample of cake batter in the oven. If it cooked quickly enough, the oven was ready. Rather than throw these little cakes out, they caught on as the cookie. 
Cookies quickly became associated with festive, fun occasions. When the cookies came out, it meant there was something special to celebrate. Especially when ingredients like honey, sugar, and spices were at a premium. They’d only be used for the most important “holy days.” Hence, the holidays. People began to celebrate holidays like Christmas and Easter with cookies spread on their tables as offerings for friends and neighbors.

To read her entire post go to her site.

Heres to Cooking, Eating, Laughing and Loving!

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The Tradition of Baking Cookies at Christmas

I have been wondering about where the tradition of baking cookies at Christmas came from. In my search for an answer I got one “semi” answer from Wikipedia but it doesn’t actually say where the tradition came from. It does however explain that traditional holiday cookies were sugar biscuits.  Do you know? If so, would you share with us? Thanks!

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Holiday traditions and how they enhance our lives!

Today while doing a little research, I found this wonderful article / video on Martha Stewart’s website on holiday traditions.  It is a great piece that talks about the mental, physical and emotional benefits of having holiday traditions.  One excerpt said  [More…]

“According to a review of research conducted over the past 50 years, traditions are associated with marital satisfaction, an adolescent’s sense of personal identity, children’s health, academic achievement, and stronger family relationships. ”  You can see the whole piece by going here.  Makes me grateful for the traditions we have continued in our family!

Here’s to Cooking, Eating, Laughing and Loving!

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Easy and simple mid-week meals

As I reflect back, I realize that even though I didn’t love the process of cooking until later  on  in life, I always loved the traditions around food and cooking with my family and feeding those I care for. This is what it’s all about!  This Tuna Cassarole recipe is a childhood icon in my family – it’s easy and simple to make.  Enjoy! Tuna Casserole

Here is to “Cooking, Eating, Laughing and Loving!”

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Traditions around food…Itlaian Chocolate Cookies

 What is one of your favorite holiday traditions involving food? One of  mine is baking cookies with my kids or in the past with my mom.  One of my all time favorite are Italian Chocolate Cookies (shown her)

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Learning from our mistakes…

Yesterday I posted a recipe and picture of Sesame Seed Cookies that I made.  Thank you to all the folks who posted messages of how you enjoy those cookies at the holidays.

When tasting them last night along with the Italian chocolate cookies I’d just finished baking, I noticed they were not as sweet as usual.  This morning I awoke with the answer!  [more…]

It was the butter – I used salted butter instead of unsalted butter – this is a no-no in baking! So if you are baking cookies, or cakes, or pies, or whatever, make sure to use unsalted butter. 🙂

Ugh – I so dislike spending a lot of time on something only to discover it is not right.  Weather cooking or consulting – the final product is what counts.  Soooo – today I will be tossing those five dozen cookies and starting over again.  It will be a long night – but you know what – I’ll be happier and proud of the end results.

Here’s to Cooking, Eating, Laughing and Loving!

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Traditions around food… Sesame Seed Cookies

Making Sesame Seed Cookies this weekend I was transported back to baking during the holiday’s with my mom – a tradition we loved to share. This is a fun and fairly easy cookie to make – not overly sweet, and great to share!  Sesame Seed Cookies

 

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A Gift For You

This holiday season, I am delighted to send you a bit of love from my new cookbook.  For a long time, cooking was about “getting it done quickly.” It wasn’t until I consciously considered both cooking and family that I began to   truly appreciate the joy of cooking for those you love.  So for you – a little bite of love: Torcetti Cookies  are a traditional Italian Cookie.

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Great Foods for the Holiday…

Here are a few of our traiditonal foods for the Thanksgiving holiday…

Clams Casino (made by niece Leah)

Manicotti – Wednesday night’s meal

Cucidatti (Italian Fig Cookies)

 

 

 

 

 

 

All of these recipes are in the cookbook!

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Holiday Traditions

We were blessed to have many of my immediate family here for Thanksgiving (16 of us in total).  Family came from as far as Buffalo and Florida.  It was five days of catching up, cooking, eating, laughing and loving.

On Tuesday night I gave my family their copy of the cookbook, which included a personal inscription for each person.  My heart was full at this “unveiling” of the book, and I could feel Mom there with us.

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On thanksgiving eve and day we made many of the traditional Italian holiday recipes that are included in the cookbook, including homemade cannoli (pictured above).  These cannoli are a major undertaking and we make them only once a year.  Do you have any foods you make once a year for your Thanksgiving holiday?  I’d love to hear what it is!

Here is to “cooking, eating, laughing and loving!”

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