Christmas

A Cozy Holiday: Rum-Spiked Eggnog Creme Brulee, A Sweet Ending For A Fairytale-like Evening

A Cozy Holiday: Rum-Spiked Eggnog Creme Brulee, A Sweet Ending For A Fairytale-like Evening post image

Each year as the Christmas holiday approaches, I feel a slight anxiety begin to rise in me, but not for all the reasons that you might think. I don't get anxious because I'm concerned that we won't get the “right” gifts for people; I don't feel anxious because we'll spend too much money during the season. No, my anxiety is one that centers around an affair of the heart, of the spirit, one that has everything to do with the concern that my family and I ... {more please!}

A Cozy Holiday: “Scarborough Fair” Chicken, And The Four Herbs At The Heart Of This Season

A Cozy Holiday: “Scarborough Fair” Chicken, And The Four Herbs At The Heart Of This Season post image

The glitz and glimmer of the Christmas holiday can easily mesmerize and even distract. Sparkling lights are strung up around our towns, and beautiful trees with decorative and delicate ornaments go up in many of our homes. We become bedazzled by the images being flashed before our eyes in bright holiday commercials and on the billboards all around us, of coziness, of comfort and of warmth; of people laughing, living carefree, spending like there's no tomorrow, and wanting for nothing. Outside, the nippy cold descends upon ... {more please!}

A Cozy Holiday: And Momma’s In The Kitchen Baking Cherry-Almond Winter Cake For Christmas

A Cozy Holiday: And Momma’s In The Kitchen Baking Cherry-Almond Winter Cake For Christmas post image

As the Eve of Christmas descends upon us, And the snowflakes trip and flutter on the gusts of wind outside, We ask daddy if he would build us a fire in the hearth To keep us comfy and toasty inside. The kitchen stove is a steam engine, Piping hot with all burners aglow; Dinner's simmering, sputtering and bubbling away, The aromas dance, mingle and flow. Momma tells us to set the table, With special plates, special ware; And daddy says to light the candles, Whose flames ... {more please!}

A Cozy Holiday: Herb-Crusted Prime Rib, And Savoring The Flavor Of A Holiday Splurge

A Cozy Holiday: Herb-Crusted Prime Rib, And Savoring The Flavor Of A Holiday Splurge post image

There is very little more appealing to partake in, very little more sumptuous a thing to put on the tongue, than a delectable morsel that is only eaten on a special occasion—at least in my mind. Somehow, that morsel just seems to hold within it the wonderful flavor of desire, that fragrant essence of anticipation, because it's been very consciously and specifically chosen and prepared for an occasion meant to hold some gravity, and meant to be memorable and unique. See, that's the marvelous thing about ... {more please!}

A Cozy Holiday: Challah Bread Puddings, And Tasting Winter As It Melts On My Tongue

A Cozy Holiday: Challah Bread Puddings, And Tasting Winter As It Melts On My Tongue post image

I can't help but get utterly lost inside of a Thomas Kinkade painting when I gaze upon it. The way that the winter time is depicted in his paintings creates a longing in me to just climb right into that world, all bundled up in a thick winter coat, complete with a soft woolen scarf, knit cap, mittens and striped stockings, and a pair of ice skates dangling over my shoulder as I carry them home from just having skated on the tiny, frozen pond at ... {more please!}