Question: What foods do you like to bake this time of year? Are there any that are traditional to you?
Answer: For holiday gifts, I often make an old family recipe for Scottish shortbread. In fact I made it recently for a swap -- not this one (sorry, spoilee). I put the finished shortbread on a red plate and cover it with plastic and add a plaid bow and Voila! Instant gift. Well, I guess it's not instant if it takes an hour or two to make, right? Whatever.
At home, I love comfort foods at this time of year. One that comes to mind I learned from a TV cook who has gone on to the Great Kitchen of the Beyond. It was called cranberry toast and consists of buttered toasted bread (we use rye or whole wheat) with canned whole cranberry sauce spread on it, topped with sharp Cheddar cheese and broiled until it's bubbly and brown on top. Mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm. Now I want to go to the grocery store and buy the ingredients and make it for dinner.
I guess that last one doesn't count as baking, but I cheated. At least I use my oven for it.
Update on Me:
In other news, I have a job!
I started on Wednesday and I love it there -- except for the part about zero tolerance on personal computing. I'll try not to let the blog suffer.
Until next week...