Monday, December 10, 2012

Merry Christmas Everyone

Merry Christmas Everyone

Have been busy.  Things happened.  Including not blogging and delivering my first set of triplets.

Andy and me after we finished running.  Look tired? I can't walk.
Running a lot.  Every Sunday a 10 mile jog around the lake leading up to running a half marathon yesterday, and now limping around.  I think I bummed my knee.  Anybody know a good orthopedist?

My publishing debut
Getting published in a cookbook.  This humble potato soup recipe, one of my first blog entries, was picked by the editors of a lovely website Food52 to be published as part of a compilation of recipes on their website.  The cookbook is beautiful and is evidence of the wonderful and inspiring home cooks across America.  You should buy it for Christmas.

Baking hundreds of cookies, including these beauties.  I just love the Christmas palms. Frosting them took forever but I think they were worth it.   Here is a good guide about how to decorate sugar cookies with royal icing.  I used Martha Stewart's Baking Handbook for my recipes.

These cookies were inspired by this lovely idea.  Basically, they are citrus based cookies (I used James Peterson's pate sucree and added the zest of 2 grapefruits and 2 oranges) with a grapefruit juice glaze and charred brulee style with a torch.  They have that lovely crispy deep caramel flavor that I just love. 

And I've also been doing just a bit of work. 

How have you been?


  1. It is lovely to see you post again! Those cookies look delicious, and I've added the cookbook to my wishlist. :)

    Are the cookies with the grapefruit juice bitter at all? I'm really sensitive to bitter, and therefore never eat grapefruit, as wonderful as it smells.

  2. Hi Aba. Thank you! No, the cookies are very sweet, I made them with ruby red grapefruit. The glaze on top is about 2 cups of powdered sugar, 2 tbsp cream and juice of about 1/2 of a grapefruit until the frosting is the consistency of thick paint or syrup.

  3. Congratulations on your publication! The recipe looks terrific!

  4. Izzy B -- I have a sugar buzzzzzzzzz.... Received my tin this morning. These cookies will not last until Christmas morning. The royal icing is great.