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Holiday Cookies!

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I love baking. Cookies are one of the easiest baked goods to prepare. And with the holidays in full force it is high time that you got into that kitchen of yours and preheated that oven and got to making some Holiday Cookies!

At my house growing up we always had the tradition of having family members over and all of the kids would gather around the kitchen and decorate sugar cookies with lots of colored sugars and jimmies and all sort of other pretty decorations. They usually looked like a mess afterwards and I don’t know if we ever ate all of them. But the act of it was festive enough for me!

I’ve pulled some fun holiday cookie recipes for ya’ll to try out this month!

 

Shortbread cookies – are by far my favorite cookies to make any time of the year, but this version makes it just a little bit more festive – probably even more so if you used colored sugars!

I love this holiday take on a cookie classic. I remember I used to get the original kind in the cookie aisle – but come to think of it I haven’t seen them in awhile – I wonder if they are still around? Either way, this cute ‘Shirley Temple’ is fun!

The holidays wouldn’t be complete without lots of excessive alcohol added into every sweet dish possible! These bourbon balls are doing it right by adding the colored sprinkles onto this potent cookie.

Now these I love for multiple reasons, I love myself some beets – in any form, and I love how the beets naturally turn these cookies into a fun holiday hue. I’m not sure I’ve ever had the original Rugelach myself but according to my findings these are very much a holiday favorite! 

Well whichever path you take this holiday season. Get to making something sweet and tasty for all of your loved ones – and of course pop a few of the right out of the oven ones for yourself!

Cooking Vintage Recipes. ( 60s / 70s )

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Being a fan of all things Vintage, and loving to cook every day – it’s natural that I may one day mix the two hobbies. I have decided to try out a new past-time here on SMIH, with experimenting using Vintage recipes and bringing them up-to-date with my pescatarian diet. I probably will occasionally make some of them into vegan/vegetarian as well, as I like to give myself a challenge.

Until I acquire some of my own cookbooks, I will be using the aid of the internet to source recipes. So far I have had good look, check out the Vintage Recipes I found below!

1960s Cocktail placemat

The Retro Housewife has amassed a fine collection of 1960s specific recipes, including : Mistletoe Dip, Charlotte Russe, and Big Top Circus Cake.

Hey My Mom Used to Make That‘  showcases some 1960s food and beverage recipes, with their original accompanying advertisements!

Psychedelic Cookbook

I absolutely love this Psychedelic Dessert Cookbook, the etsy gives you a preview of an awesome cake that uses assorted sized gum drops to make flowers!

Or maybe I can splurge and buy these Chicken/Turkey Molds, which go along with this ad Kitchen Retro found that shows how they were used back in the day! Make Seitan turkeys for thanksgiving?!

And of course every vintage kitchen isn’t complete without it’s very own aspic collection! Now here is where a vegan recipe would be interesting since most aspics use gelatin, using a vegan substitute like Agar, Carrageen, or Kosher Gelatin. Let’s see what I can get into! Honestly this may be one of the first things I make because it is odd looking, and I would love to force people to eat it’s strangeness!

1960s Hostess Cookbook

 Couldn’t go wrong with picking up this ‘Hostess’ cookbook from the 60s! I love the description : “Chapters cover “Gay Supper Parties,” “Easy Little Dinners,” “Bright Little Brunches and Lunches,” “Teas and Receptions,” holidays, patio parties, and more.”  I want to host a ‘Bright Little Brunch’ !

Speedy Orange Cake

This ‘Speedy Orange Cake’ from Recipe Vintage – looks like an easy go to cake!

1960s recipe card

Peggy’s Antiquated Recipes‘ gives a run-down of a collection of 1960s Cookbooks and includes a couple recipes including : Cheesy Pups, Ramequins, and Pink Lady Pie.

Let me know if you have any 60s/70s recipes that you want to share! I would love to test them out for the blog!

Bento Love.

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Bento Boxes! I have loved making these fun japanese lunches for over a decade now! Usually whenever I am trying to eat healthier or more economically.

What is a Bento Box? Well I would explain it as a full meal made into a box or many small containers. Here is the wiki definition : Bento (弁当 bentō?)[1] is a single-portion takeout or home-packed meal common in Japanese cuisine.

Bento

The most common place (in america) you may have seen one is at a sushi or japanese restaurant. They usually offer a bento box that is one big plate / container separated into many compartments and each holding a different food item. Usually a sushi roll, some dumplings, rice, salad, and the main course. (I highly recommend ordering one next time you go out, they are so filling and usually a great deal)!

 

Bento Supplies via Wendy Copley

 

Bento Supplies via Wendy Copley