Until this year, I had never spent a Christmas away from my family, so when we decided to host Christmas at our house this year with Jeff’s family, I knew that I wanted to find a way to incorporate some of my family’s traditions, some of Jeff’s, and also add some new elements that were unique to us. For example, when it came to Christmas cookies, Jeff made Russian tea cakes and thumbprint jelly cookies for me; simple bars, cappuccino flats, and haystacks (chocolate peanut butter melted over chow mein noodles; as well as a few new favorites, like Ginger Snaps with three different kinds of ginger, French palmiers (puff pastry rolled in cinnamon sugar and orange zest), and chocolate truffles. In total he made 8 kinds of cookies, plus the 2 kinds his mother brought (ribbon jewel cakes and the best oatmeal cookies I’ve ever had)!
Life Traditions Posts
While most people look forward to Turkey Day food, for me, it’s actually the leftovers that I look forward to. Being able to eat pie a second day in a row is a big favorite of course. But the thing I look forward to the most is fresh turkey sandwiches on sourdough. I’m not a huge fan of plain turkey, but when you combine with sourdough it’s so much better.