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Poppy Seed Kolache

This recipe makes a soft and delicious kolache, but like any bread recipe it can be tricky. My mom always said the more sticky you can keep the dough, the more tender the kolache will be. You have to be able to work with the dough,…

Holiday bambino bread

Looking for something special to make this Christmas? Try this bread recipe, shaped to resemble Jesus in swaddling clothes. 2 cups lukewarm milk 2 packages active dry yeast ¼ cup sugar 1 beaten egg ¼ cup (1/2 stick) butter, melted 2…

New England Holiday Pudding

Try a new (and healthy!) treat this Christmas. ½ cup yellow (enriched) cornmeal 5 cups reduced-fat (2 percent) milk, scalded (see note) ½ cup molasses ½ teaspoon salt ½ teaspoon ground ginger ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg ½ teaspoon ground…

The Santa Dilemma

Q. My husband and I are in a debate about how to celebrate Christmas with our children. We’ve always focused on Advent and the coming of the Baby Jesus, but we also have allowed them to believe in Santa Claus. My husband now worries that…

Managing grief during the holidays

Grief has no timeline. There are moments in which memories of our deceased loved ones flicker in both the mind and heart, unexpectedly and unbidden. Our calendar years are peppered with these intense emotions of heartbreak and tenderness,…

Thanksgiving green bean salad

1 cup cider vinegar ¼ cup sugar 3 tablespoons vegetable oil 2 to 3 quarts canned green beans 1 to 1½ medium onions, peeled and sliced 1½ teaspoons salt ¾ teaspoon black pepper In a small bowl, whisk together the vinegar, sugar, and oil…

Favorite Carrot Cake Muffins

You read about Kathryn Oates' friendship with her mother and their bonding over cooking in Cooking with my mom. Now try your hand at making one of their favorite recipes. 1 cup oatmeal flour 1½ cup unbleached organic all-purpose flour 1…

‘Wasting time’ as a family

You have probably heard it said that kids spell love T-I-M-E. Most of us know instinctively that this is true. But knowing doesn’t necessarily make it easy to put into practice. Time is the one thing most of us claim to lack, no matter…