The Case for Pleasure

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The Hubbins watches PBS Newshour every night, which details what's going on in the nation and the world. And the news is never good. Lately, it's been so bad I expect to see a small fuzzy chick delivering the headline, "The sky started falling today, with more pieces expected to crumble tomorrow." … [Read more...]

And now, a moment of gratitude

Hey, thanks for coming. Thank you for taking the time to visit this site. Thank you for reading Cherries in Winter and spending some time with my family, and thank you for telling me about your family stories. Thanks to all of you who wrote in to info@cherriesinwinter.com to share those stories … [Read more...]

Cookie Porn!

As I mentioned the other day, I'm in training to run/walk/shuffle or otherwise move through the More Magazine Half-Marathon this April 25. And as I also mentioned, this was a great way to burn off some cookies. A better way for me to bring less weight along for my morning runs would be to ease off a … [Read more...]

Cookie Month Recipe #2: Nana’s Italian Cookies

This Nana isn't the Nana I wrote about in Cherries in Winter, but someone else's grandmother, who happened to be a terrific baker. These cookies are dense, crumbly classics. Cookies: 1/2 cup butter 2 eggs 1/2 cup sugar 1/4 cup milk 1/2 teaspoon baking powder 2 cups flour 1/2 teaspoon vanilla 1-2 … [Read more...]

Cookie Month Recipe #1: Pumpkin Cookies

One of the stars of the Cherries in Winter cookie swap party is also one of the easiest recipes. If you have any pumpkin left over from Thanksgiving, use it to make these soft, spicy treats. Pumpkin Cookies Cookie dough: 1 cup sugar 1 cup butter 1 cup pumpkin 1 egg 1 teaspoon vanilla 1 teaspoon … [Read more...]

December is Cookie Month!

My friends Jillian and Todd came up with this great idea: a cookie swap party. They invited guests to make their favorite cookies and print the recipes out, and each person brought both sweets and instructions to the party. Everybody got to sample each other's cookies and take home recipes and … [Read more...]