dancing with sugar plums

shortbread with cranberries and pistachios
shortbread with cranberries and pistachios

Sugar plums are dancing.  Does anyone really know what that means?

I’ve seen the Nutcracker; watching the cute littles in their fluffy tutus and I can mostly recite “The Night Before Christmas.”  Of course there are numerous recipes which are an amalgamation of dried fruits, spices and seeds formed into an oval plum shape and dusted with a snow of powdered sugar.

The sugary vision that dances in my head is cookies.  Not too sweet, but a bit savory consumes my palate passion.

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over the leftovers

meat and potatoes in a bowl
meat and potatoes in a bowl

Thanksgiving leftovers are done!  The turkey carcass was boiled down and stripped of any bits of meat that were still clinging to the bones.  The stock was duly strained and put into freezer containers for future use.  This always seems like a daunting task after the prep work, cooking and cleaning from the actual meal.  So I waited a couple of days.

The first real meal I fixed was pasta with spicy chicken sausage, roasted Brussels sprouts, mushrooms and sundried tomatoes.  I was over the leftovers.  Confession:  Friday (only one day after) I went to my new favorite taco shop for street-food delight. Continue reading