Grabbing the Gusto

Deirdre Reid – Freelance Writer & Home Cook

If you’re still not completely settled on your Christmas and holiday dishes, today I’m sharing some of my proven favorites. First off, if you have a small kitchen and you’re hosting a holiday party or toying with the idea of having an impromptu gathering, check out my Small Space Gusto tips for preparing holiday feasts in a …

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These Italian fig cookies (aka cucidati) have become a favorite Christmas recipe at our house. Make a big batch and freeze some for a special treat later. ~~~ I love Italian cookies. My grandmother’s neighborhood in East Cambridge, Massachusetts had a fantastic Italian bakery, Royal Pastry Shop. Whenever we went to my grandparents, she would send …

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When I lived in Sacramento, one of my favorite Christmas traditions was the Christkindlmarkt (Christmas market) at the Turn Verein, a German community center in my old neighborhood. After browsing craft tables, buying a Christmas tree ornament, German Christmas cookies and maybe a sausage sandwich, I would make a visit to the glühwein stand. Glühwein …

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