If you are a ginger snap or spicy cookie fan, look no further. A wonderful contribution to holiday platters, these cookies make great gifts and are perfect for a quiet evening at home, cozied up by the fireplace with a nice cup of tea.
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Homemade squash soup is delicious and warming, but if time is an issue, making it from scratch is a deal-breaker. Although this soup starts out from a package, it tastes homemade. Actually, it tastes like soup from a pricey, high-end restaurant. I think you’ll agree.
This last week I made two cheesecakes, decadent baker that I am, one to celebrate the arrival of a Kenyan farmer, the other for my brother’s birthday. I substituted ginger snaps and pieces of candied ginger for the predictable graham crackers. It gave the cakes a nice sweet bite, both in the crust and then with small pieces of ginger on the top. I doubt I’ll use graham crackers ever again!
Although we Americans and Europeans use ginger mainly in baking, it’s been a culinary mainstay in Asia for at least 5000 years. Apparently it was popular in ancient Rome and then was forgotten about until Marco Polo brought it home to Europe after one of his world-changing expeditions.
This is a favorite salad of mine. For some reason I haven’t made it in a very long time but I wanted to post a picture of it and am so happy I did as it’s like discovering it all over again. Delicious!
Double Ginger Ice Cream From Bite Size Desserts
Courtesy of Carole Bloom, www.carolebloom.com
This recipe uses candied ginger puree, available from the Ginger People: www.gingerpeople.com
Courtesy of Janet Johnson
Janet has a touching story about this pound cake which is a little too long to share here in its entirety. Briefly, she has a friend who was born in Austria whose father worked for the railroads. Each day he walked 12 miles, inspecting the condition of the rails. While he walked, he gathered the wild hazelnuts growing alongside the tracks, and brought them home as a treat to his family.