The promises of the season hover overhead, sometimes light as clouds, occasionally thick as vultures. We strive for perfection, unrealistically wrapping these few days with all of our hopes, dreams, and lofty expectations.
For me, this time of year is about seeing family and fulfilling more reasonable goals of sugar and chocolate. While I really don’t like hearing Christmas music before Thanksgiving, November begins with me happily flipping through my recipes, tagging pages of candies that I could wrap in bright foils and cookies that could be tied up with a bow. I am an insatiable magazine-buyer, easily seduced by the best new cookie recipes and packaging ideas. My object of affection this year is Martha Stewart’s Holiday Cookies. Not only does it have some really innovative recipes (at least 6 different variations on a macaron and smoky bacon-ginger cookies), her ideas for gifting are impeccable. I’ve tried a couple of the recipes with at least one keeper, but mainly I’ve fawned over the photos and filled my imaginary bakery three times over with these sugary gems.
I feel like whatever I actually wind up making won’t live up to my dreams, but at least I can share the real-life confections with family and friends–and eat them! And really, isn’t life sweeter enjoying the cookies you have rather than the gifts you didn’t receive?
Wed, December 8, 2010