When the web started, some wonderful Advent calendars appeared. Web designer Leslie Harpold made the best calendar: every day, she wrote a memory, added a special treat like her own flash animation or recipe, and linked to an outside web side. This year, I'm using the same format.
It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas ...
And that means trying new recipes, and new recipes mean opportunities for disaster, hopefully of the "we'll look back on this and laugh ... someday" variety.
I love to eat. I love to bake. If I didn't hate spending $30 for dinner more than I hate cooking, we'd eat a lot of take-out.
2010: Baking tips
All my baking wisdom in one ... er ... twenty-four places!
2012: Christmas books
My favorite books about Christmas, from cookbooks to sociology and history to my own childhood favorites.
The two dozen cookbooks I go back to year after year.
In 2014, my mother died very unexpectedly in mid-June. In December, I wrote about the amazing person who most shaped the person I am today.
With a little help from my friends, we move to a lighter and tastier subject.
2017: Cocktails 2
2015 was so much fun, we did it again in 2017.
More delightful stories of Christmases past.
2021: Favorite things
Just a few of my favorite things, like books, cats, and Philadelphia.