12 Days of Christmas with 12 Favorite Cookies

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“Baking cookies is comforting, and cookies are the sweetest little bit of comfort food. They are very bite-sized and personal.”  Sandra Lee

Holiday cookie baking is a labor of love for me. Truth be known,  I am just more of a cook than a baker.  These cookie recipes are tried and true favorites of this reluctant baker. I hope you’ll find a recipe or two to try yourself.  To access the recipe, please click on the highlighted titles. Crank up the Christmas carols, roll up your sleeves and get your holiday baking on!

Cranberry~Almond Sugar Ccokies with Double Chocolate Drizzle


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Proust, Madeleines and a Swann Song

For more than 25 years the whole collection of Proust’s “In Search of Lost Time”, was stacked on my night stand.  On a trip to Paris in 1987, I went seeking immersion in French culture.  In my enthusiasm over discovering an adorable Salon de thé and librairie on the charming Left Bank, I decided I needed to start reading in French again.  I had just finished 7 years of formal university education where I had had no time to read for pleasure.  It was time to balance the deficit.  I shipped 5 CASES  of books back to Toronto, including Proust’s “A la recherche du temps perdu”….all 7 volumes of them, in French. image  Continue reading