Monday, December 24, 2012


The holi-daze are here. You know what I mean. I love the reason for the season, but all of the holiday hubbub often gets me down.This year is different as our son, Chris, is home for Christmas for two weeks. I am grateful our child--still our child at any age--has arrived here safely along with his girlfriend and her pooch, and I am embracing the youthful energy and activity.

Of course, mixers are whirring, pasta pots boiling, saute pans sizzling and Dutch ovens simmering. Dinners are being cooked and lingered over, dinner parties are being planned and some restaurant dinners are thrown in for good measure.

I hope all of you have everything you want this holiday season, and enjoy good health, joy and abundance in the new year.

I would like to share some of our favorite things this season through the links below:

My absolute favorite recipe for gingersnaps 

Chocolate Cherry and Chile Biscotti

A delicious make-ahead dish of honeyed chicken with raisins and apricots

Skillet Rosemary Chicken with Potatoes

We had a great dinner at ABC Kitchen in NYC--the Ginger Margaritas are outrageous

One of Chris' favorite pasta recipes for dinner tonight Pasta with Pumpkin and Sausage



  1. Oh Michele - I'm so with you. I count the days till all this holiday silliness is overwith while clinging to a smidge of extra time with those I love - wishing it would not end. The people and the food - the togetherness - is the best part and I'm so happy you shared that with us. Checking out your recipes now! Merriest of seasons to you and yours!

    1. Thank you,Valerie. Wishing you all the best in 2013. I hope you enjoy the links.

  2. Happy Holidays to you and your family too!

  3. Hi Michele, I understand what you mean by the "Holi-daze" it can be crazed and stressful--counter to what is supposed to be!
    Your table looks lovely, and I had forgotten about your delish chicken dish with the raisins and apricots. Such a good recipe.
    Wishing you and yours a happy, healthy new year.

    1. Thank you so much,Nancy; and wishing you all the best for 2013.

  4. It looks like you are ending the year right, Michele. I hope the new year starts off just as well for you.

  5. Michelle, it sounds like you had a nice holiday despite the daze! I can only imagine one day having our boys grown up and home for a visit, with girlfriends no less! Must be such an incredible journey! Happy New Year to you!