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Hickory Nut Sandies

I guess for most people, Oreos – or some other chocolately, crispy, gooey thing was their cookie of choice growing up. Me? It was Pecan Sandies… I love a shortbread cookie. I love that slightly sweet and a little bit salty, brown, buttery cookie… and there is nothing better to dunk into a tall glass of cold milk… or hot chocolate…. or coffee (in my later years…) The thing is – I can’t buy them anymore. Between the dairy – pecans – and god knows what else in them; it just isn’t a very good idea. Luckily, since we’ve come across cultured butter, making things we all can eat has gotten a lot easier. ____________________________________________________________________________________ On our trip the other week, the cabin we rented had huge hickory trees surrounding the front parking area. I busied myself one morning whacking the fallen shells with a rock, picking out the tender nut meats – thinking that since they weren’t exactly the same thing as pecans (Jane can’t eat them), or walnuts (.. those either) or most …

Get Your Pudding On…

If this were a perfect world, I’d probably publish this recipe on Christmas Eve. You would get all kinds of unreasonably giddy with thoughts of Christmases long past. You’d conjure up memories of diving into that mammoth matriarchal pudding by the fading light of the brandy flame and claiming the little sterling prize. You’d then jump up, run to the kitchen and whip your own Christmas pudding in fifteen minutes – just in time to carve the Christmas Goose. But this isn’t a perfect world… or land of kitchen make-believe… or the 1700’s. And, truth be told, you just can’t whip one of these puppies up in a jiffy… or a semi-jiffy. To be done right a Christmas pudding takes in the neighborhood of a month to do it up. And, if any of you wanted to make your own pudding, then an early start on the pudding beats a mad rush any day. And before you go and get all technical on me – No, it isn’t a traditional recipe (you ought to know me better than …