Aurora, IL, US
This is a Fave Memory of mine. In the weeks before Christmas when I was a kid, my mom would make dozens of these cookies and put them in tins in our chest freezer in the basement so we'd have them for the holidays. My brother and I discovered the stash and used to sneak a handful when we could, hoping she wouldn't notice. I loved those cookies so much, I make them every December with my own kids, with the same old-fashioned aluminum cookie press my mom used decades ago.
Cochise County, Arizona, US
Biscochito (also spelled Bizcochitos), the official state cookie of New Mexico, traditionally served during holidays.
A crisp cookie originally brought to Mexico by Spanish settlers (some say invaders) and then to the Nuevo México Province. Known as ‘Mantecados’ in Spain.
“Butter, margarine or vegetable shortening can be used a substitute for lard, but the cookies will be not as crisp and moist. Apple juice or milk can be used to replace the brandy.”
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The theme of our NEW HandPicked Design Challenge is GLOBAL CUISINE! It will be curated by Joy Aquilino, Editorial Director at Quarry Books and Rockport Publishers. Here are the details. Let's make this one big international party! Submissions due Dec. 17, 2019.
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This complicated French confection is the queen of filled deserts. There are countless varieties of Charlotte Royale, but this particular take on the recipe consists of a strawberry ice cream core covered in strawberry jelly rolls.
GLOBAL CUISINE: Memories of this dish were brought to mind after all the olive harvesting going on in our village last week I can’t quite get this recipe exactly right, but if make it & we eat it outside on a nice summer day, it can feel pretty darn close to being in Italy😋
My mother recounted her first Christmas with her Italian in-laws as a non-stop party: people always coming over to visit, food always on the table, and drinks always on tap. I imagined an antipasto platter shaped like a wheel that automatically refilled on the way up, which later turned into tire tracks and roads. So I drew the antipasto roads on six of the hills of Rome. The seventh hill is dedicated to the luminarias. At my first Christmas with Nonnie and Nonno, I helped fill the bags for the luminarias and everyone who lived on their hill did the same. When they were all lit on Christmas Eve, I thought I had never seen anything so beautiful!
A sweet dream in pink, red and white and very simple to make – it just hast to be spring when the strawberries are full of flavour. Legend has it that this desert was invented in Eton where a small shop offered it to the students from 1930 onwards. I like that it doesn’t require any skills, just make a nice mess and indulge!
Southern Fried Apples for the Global Cuisine Challenge.
This winter recipe comes from my part of the world, the mountains of the Southern USA. These sweet fried apples are an easy and comforting dish to whip up on a cold evening, and the cinnamon gives them a warm holiday flavor. Our family loves to eat them as a side dish to pork, roasted vegetables, or bacon and eggs. I created this illustrated recipe with watercolor, oil pastels, colored pencil, and digital media. The title lettering was created by my mom Shelley in watercolor, ink, and digital media, and was inspired by the iconic print shop Hatch in Nashville, TN.