Christmas Bowl of Bishop

For Charles Dickens, Christmas wasn’t Christmas without a steaming bowl of punch. “A Merry Christmas, Bob!” says the reformed Scrooge to Bob Cratchit, as he claps him on the back. … [more]

Bishop on the Rocks

A smoking bishop is a winter warmer dating back to 18th Century England, when streets were a-wash with sewage and baths were taken on the last Thursday of the month. The Smoking Bishop would fill the … [more]

Gingerbread Cookies (For Cutouts or Houses)

This, to me, is the quintessential sign of the holiday season. Nothing says the holidays are upon us as the wafting fragrance of gingerbread spices throughout the house. This makes about 24, 5” … [more]

Cranberry Clafoutis

Here is a version just in time for the holidays based on a traditional French custard recipe. The tart cranberries contrast nicely with the sweet custard. This recipe serves about 6. [more]


These christmas cookies (pronounced “ape-ees”) look plain, but are the best milk-dunking cookies. [more]

Sugar Cookies

This recipe was my grandmother’s. She passed away in 2002, but some of my fondest memories include her making dozens of these cookies at Christmas for us to enjoy. Now, my girls & I make … [more]

Scottish Shortbread

I have traced my Scottish side of my family. It is appropriate that I make something good in rememberance. This makes a nice gift. Nollaig Chridheil Dhuibh agus Bliadhna Mhath Úr! (Merry christmas … [more]

Buttermilk Cookies

A country classic from the farm. Serve with a big glass of cold milk. [more]


These whimsically named cookies are through to have originated in New England at some point during the 19th century and they are great for anytime of the year. These are especially good with coffee … [more]


I was very young when my dad was stationed in Garmish-Partenkirchen, Germany, but I still have many warm memories of Christmas, St. Nick, wooden pickles in the Christmas tree, and the great cookies. … [more]

Thanksgiving porridge

Sometimes it is OK to indulge yourself… just as long as it is not too often. I would suggest that this is a twice-a-year indulgence (unless you have bionic arteries). It is a perfect way to … [more]

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