Christmas Sugar Cookies

Merry Christmas Eve readers!

I hope you’re all curled up in front of a corny Christmas special with your loved ones while the smell of roasted turkey or ham wafts through the room! As my special Christmas gift to you, I would like to add to that happy picture the plate of freshly frosted Christmas cookies  sitting next to you.

This cookie recipe is my favorite for Christmas cookies, really it’s the only one I ever make during the holidays, and my family usually ends up making a triple batch because they disappear so quickly! This is a really special recipe for me, it’s one of those things that brings me right back to when I was five and eagerly waiting for Santa to come. For this version, I used royal icing and sanding sugar to decorate these, but a jar of frosting and a little food coloring work just as well! Continue reading

Roasted Butternut Squash Lasagna

I bet you all thought I had fallen off the face of the earth. Or perhaps had taken a vacation to the far reaches of the North Pole and was without cooking utensils and a camera.

What I’ve really been up to is something far more life-risking and all-consuming.

I’ve been moving into my new apartment.

It’s been all building Ikea furniture, unpacking boxes, washing dishes, triple runs to Target on the same day to get that other thing I forgot, and trying to figure out how the heck I more accurately adjust the temperature on my gas stove (I’ve always had an electric) so I don’t burn the cream sauce for the past 3 weeks.

But now, my faithful readers, now, I can finally begin to post again. I officially held my housewarming party this weekend, forcing me to unpack the last remnants of the boxed items and find a home for them, and now, I suddenly find myself free at last to bring you more deliciousness. Continue reading

The Case of the Upside Down Turkey

For all you turkey-for-Christmas-dinner people out there, I have a new method for you to try.

It’s called, the upside down turkey, and it’s a juicy one.

My aunt has sworn by this trick for years, and I’ve always thought it was a little silly until I finally gave in and tried it. This was possibly one of the juiciest birds we’ve had at a Thanksgiving dinner! The hardest part of the whole thing is figuring out where to stick your meat thermometer. Continue reading