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Culinate Newsletter December 24 08

(mailing, James Berry)

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 h1. Dear readers,

 It's been a week of unusually wintry weather in Portland — snow that's hung around for days, temperatures in the 20s, icicles hanging from the roof. While these conditions have made holiday shopping a challenge, they're good for other, really important things, like sledding and skiing right outside the front door. 

 And cooking. My husband baked loaf after loaf of bread using his new [/books/collections/allbooks/The+Bread+Baker*27s+Apprentice?utmsource=NL122408&utmmedium=email&utmcontent=BreadBakersApprentice&utmcampaign=Christmas%2BEve "favorite"] [/books/collections/allbooks/wholegrainbreads?utmsource=NL122408&utmmedium=email&utmcontent=PeterReinhart&utmcampaign=Christmas%2BEve "books"]. Our younger daughter and a friend baked gingerbread cookies and decorated them wildly — stars of David alongside Santa boots. Her older sister and a friend baked gingerbread cake. (Note to self: Replenish ground ginger.)

 And me? I've cooked plenty: chicken soup, sweet potato fries, turkey meatloaf, and my favorite [/recipes/collections/Culinate+Kitchen/Main+Dishes/Butternut+Squash+Lasagne?utmsource=NL122408&utmmedium=email&utmcontent=ButternutSquashLasagna&utmcampaign=Christmas%2BEve "lasagna"]. We may not be able to get around easily, but we are blessed with good food. Here's hoping that your holidays, too, are similarly blessed. 
 Kim Carlson
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story1text: Try Deborah Madison's lighter desserts this holiday season, including a chocolate bark scented with cardamom. 
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story2text: Or go all out and make that classic rolled dessert, apple strudel. Here's a step-by-step guide.

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recipe2text: A perfect winter-party appetizer.

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