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Table Talk: December 3

(article, Kim O'Donnel)

Now is the time to get cooking on edible gifts. This week on Table Talk, Kim O'Donnel offers advice and suggestions for making homemade food presents (and in the meantime, here are eight ideas to get you started.). 

Cookbook (and food books) that make good gifts are also on the menu. 

Bring your links and suggestions too.[%image reference-image float=right width=250 caption="Get advice on making edible gifts."]

The discussion took place right here, on Thursday, December 3, at 10 a.m. PT, 1 p.m. ET. 

Kim, a trained chef and longtime food journalist, brings ideas, tips, and recipes to her weekly chats. Join us most Thursdays!

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 </div><div id="mainchat" class="mainchat"><div class="cileventholder"><div id="row46797810" class="chatmsg writercomment"  ><table  style="width: 100%;" ><tr valign="top"><td class="chatmsgtime" nowrap><div class="itemtime">9:48</div> </td><td class="chatmsgtext altcastertext "><table><tr valign=top><td><span class="writeroverrideavatar"><img src="http://cdn.cloudfiles.mosso.com/c71692/templates/coveritlive/images/spacer.gif" width=48 height=48 align=left style="margin-right: 5px;" border=0 /></span></td><td><div class="inlinedisplayname">Kim ODonnel:&nbsp;</div><span id="txt46797810" >Ahoy! Welcome to December. It's hard to believe it's tinsel time all over again. Hanukkah begins next Friday night, Dec. 11, and Christmas is just 3 weeks from tomorrow. Gifts are the topic du jour -- edible, drinkable, DIY, kitchen-y...it's all fair game. </span></td></tr></table><div class="bottomnametime"><span class="bottomdate">Thursday December  3, 2009&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomtime">9:48&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomdisplayname">Kim ODonnel</span></div></td></tr></table></div>
<div id="row46798938" class="chatmsg writercomment"  ><table  style="width: 100%;" ><tr valign="top"><td class="chatmsgtime" nowrap><div class="itemtime">10:02</div> </td><td class="chatmsgtext altcastertext "><table><tr valign=top><td><span class="writeroverrideavatar"><img src="http://cdn.cloudfiles.mosso.com/c71692/templates/coveritlive/images/spacer.gif" width=48 height=48 align=left style="margin-right: 5px;" border=0 /></span></td><td><div class="inlinedisplayname">Kim ODonnel:&nbsp;</div><span id="txt46798938" >Hear ye, hear ye! It's the giving season, y'all.   It always seems to sneak up on us, no? Today's chat is all about how to cater to the cooks in your life or turning your gifts into edible treats made from the comfort of your own kitchen. Would love to hear your thoughts, your tricks & of course, anything else inbetween. All aboard! </span></td></tr></table><div class="bottomnametime"><span class="bottomdate">Thursday December  3, 2009&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomtime">10:02&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomdisplayname">Kim ODonnel</span></div></td></tr></table></div>
<div id="row46798973" class="chatmsg readercomment "  ><table  style="width: 100%;" ><tr valign="top"><td class="chatmsgtime" nowrap><div class="itemtime">10:02</div> </td><td class="chatmsgtext viewertext "><table><tr valign=top><td><span class="readeravatar readerdefaultavatar"><img src="http://cdn.cloudfiles.mosso.com/c71692/templates/coveritlive/images/spacer.gif" width=48 height=48 align=left style="margin-right: 5px;" border=0 /></span></td><td><div class="inlinecommentname"><span class="commentbracket">[</span><span class="commentfrom">Comment From Roberta </span><span class="nocommentfrom">Roberta :&nbsp;</span><span class="commentbracket">]</span>&nbsp;</div><span id="txt46798973" >Hi Kim - my house is overflowing with squash - pumpkins and delicata mostly.  Are there any gifts you can suggest making with squash? </span></td></tr></table><div class="bottomnametime"><span class="bottomdate">Thursday December  3, 2009&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomtime">10:02&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomdisplayname">Roberta </span></div></td></tr></table></div>
<div id="row46799041" class="chatmsg writercomment"  ><table  style="width: 100%;" ><tr valign="top"><td class="chatmsgtime" nowrap><div class="itemtime">10:03</div> </td><td class="chatmsgtext altcastertext "><table><tr valign=top><td><span class="writeroverrideavatar"><img src="http://cdn.cloudfiles.mosso.com/c71692/templates/coveritlive/images/spacer.gif" width=48 height=48 align=left style="margin-right: 5px;" border=0 /></span></td><td><div class="inlinedisplayname">Kim ODonnel:&nbsp;</div><span id="txt46799041" >What about pumpkin bread, Roberta? You could bake, freeze, then wrap when your'e ready to give. </span></td></tr></table><div class="bottomnametime"><span class="bottomdate">Thursday December  3, 2009&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomtime">10:03&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomdisplayname">Kim ODonnel</span></div></td></tr></table></div>
<div id="row46799058" class="chatmsg readercomment "  ><table  style="width: 100%;" ><tr valign="top"><td class="chatmsgtime" nowrap><div class="itemtime">10:03</div> </td><td class="chatmsgtext viewertext "><table><tr valign=top><td><span class="readeravatar readerdefaultavatar"><img src="http://cdn.cloudfiles.mosso.com/c71692/templates/coveritlive/images/spacer.gif" width=48 height=48 align=left style="margin-right: 5px;" border=0 /></span></td><td><div class="inlinecommentname"><span class="commentbracket">[</span><span class="commentfrom">Comment From alisoncsmith </span><span class="nocommentfrom">alisoncsmith :&nbsp;</span><span class="commentbracket">]</span>&nbsp;</div><span id="txt46799058" >Kim, other than the standard "bar cookies ship best" rule, are there any other rules of thumb for baking cookies for later - for giving or - ahem - for saving ;-) </span></td></tr></table><div class="bottomnametime"><span class="bottomdate">Thursday December  3, 2009&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomtime">10:03&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomdisplayname">alisoncsmith </span></div></td></tr></table></div>
<div id="row46799157" class="chatmsg writercomment"  ><table  style="width: 100%;" ><tr valign="top"><td class="chatmsgtime" nowrap><div class="itemtime">10:04</div> </td><td class="chatmsgtext altcastertext "><table><tr valign=top><td><span class="writeroverrideavatar"><img src="http://cdn.cloudfiles.mosso.com/c71692/templates/coveritlive/images/spacer.gif" width=48 height=48 align=left style="margin-right: 5px;" border=0 /></span></td><td><div class="inlinedisplayname">Kim ODonnel:&nbsp;</div><span id="txt46799157" >Hey Alison, check out this helpful guide from Allrecipes on mailing cookies: <a href="http://allrecipes.com/HowTo/Mailing-Cookies/Detail.aspx" target="blank" >http://allrecipes.com/HowTo/Mailing-Cookies/Detail.aspx</a><br /><br />it's a keeper. </span></td></tr></table><div class="bottomnametime"><span class="bottomdate">Thursday December  3, 2009&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomtime">10:04&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomdisplayname">Kim ODonnel</span></div></td></tr></table></div>
<div id="row46799171" class="chatmsg readercomment "  ><table  style="width: 100%;" ><tr valign="top"><td class="chatmsgtime" nowrap><div class="itemtime">10:04</div> </td><td class="chatmsgtext viewertext "><table><tr valign=top><td><span class="readeravatar readerdefaultavatar"><img src="http://cdn.cloudfiles.mosso.com/c71692/templates/coveritlive/images/spacer.gif" width=48 height=48 align=left style="margin-right: 5px;" border=0 /></span></td><td><div class="inlinecommentname"><span class="commentbracket">[</span><span class="commentfrom">Comment From redweather </span><span class="nocommentfrom">redweather :&nbsp;</span><span class="commentbracket">]</span>&nbsp;</div><span id="txt46799171" >i am thinking of buying "Crust and Crumb" by Reinhart for a friend who is baking obsessively - any thoughts? </span></td></tr></table><div class="bottomnametime"><span class="bottomdate">Thursday December  3, 2009&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomtime">10:04&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomdisplayname">redweather </span></div></td></tr></table></div>
<div id="row46799201" class="chatmsg readercomment "  ><table  style="width: 100%;" ><tr valign="top"><td class="chatmsgtime" nowrap><div class="itemtime">10:04</div> </td><td class="chatmsgtext viewertext "><table><tr valign=top><td><span class="readeravatar readerdefaultavatar"><img src="http://cdn.cloudfiles.mosso.com/c71692/templates/coveritlive/images/spacer.gif" width=48 height=48 align=left style="margin-right: 5px;" border=0 /></span></td><td><div class="inlinecommentname"><span class="commentbracket">[</span><span class="commentfrom">Comment From Fran </span><span class="nocommentfrom">Fran :&nbsp;</span><span class="commentbracket">]</span>&nbsp;</div><span id="txt46799201" >I think cookies keep better in a tin rather than anything plastic or cardboard. </span></td></tr></table><div class="bottomnametime"><span class="bottomdate">Thursday December  3, 2009&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomtime">10:04&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomdisplayname">Fran </span></div></td></tr></table></div>
<div id="row46799246" class="chatmsg writercomment"  ><table  style="width: 100%;" ><tr valign="top"><td class="chatmsgtime" nowrap><div class="itemtime">10:05</div> </td><td class="chatmsgtext altcastertext "><table><tr valign=top><td><span class="writeroverrideavatar"><img src="http://cdn.cloudfiles.mosso.com/c71692/templates/coveritlive/images/spacer.gif" width=48 height=48 align=left style="margin-right: 5px;" border=0 /></span></td><td><div class="inlinedisplayname">Kim ODonnel:&nbsp;</div><span id="txt46799246" >Redweather, I don't have that title, but do you have any info on   the friend -- what kind of baking he/she likes to do, skill level, etc? </span></td></tr></table><div class="bottomnametime"><span class="bottomdate">Thursday December  3, 2009&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomtime">10:05&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomdisplayname">Kim ODonnel</span></div></td></tr></table></div>
<div id="row46799299" class="chatmsg readercomment "  ><table  style="width: 100%;" ><tr valign="top"><td class="chatmsgtime" nowrap><div class="itemtime">10:05</div> </td><td class="chatmsgtext viewertext "><table><tr valign=top><td><span class="readeravatar readerdefaultavatar"><img src="http://cdn.cloudfiles.mosso.com/c71692/templates/coveritlive/images/spacer.gif" width=48 height=48 align=left style="margin-right: 5px;" border=0 /></span></td><td><div class="inlinecommentname"><span class="commentbracket">[</span><span class="commentfrom">Comment From Roberta </span><span class="nocommentfrom">Roberta :&nbsp;</span><span class="commentbracket">]</span>&nbsp;</div><span id="txt46799299" >Maybe I should just lacquer them and present as door stops? </span></td></tr></table><div class="bottomnametime"><span class="bottomdate">Thursday December  3, 2009&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomtime">10:05&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomdisplayname">Roberta </span></div></td></tr></table></div>
<div id="row46799328" class="chatmsg writercomment"  ><table  style="width: 100%;" ><tr valign="top"><td class="chatmsgtime" nowrap><div class="itemtime">10:06</div> </td><td class="chatmsgtext altcastertext "><table><tr valign=top><td><span class="writeroverrideavatar"><img src="http://cdn.cloudfiles.mosso.com/c71692/templates/coveritlive/images/spacer.gif" width=48 height=48 align=left style="margin-right: 5px;" border=0 /></span></td><td><div class="inlinedisplayname">Kim ODonnel:&nbsp;</div><span id="txt46799328" >Hahah. Although delicata are wonderful roasted -- and cook up in just 25 minutes if you slice into rings. </span></td></tr></table><div class="bottomnametime"><span class="bottomdate">Thursday December  3, 2009&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomtime">10:06&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomdisplayname">Kim ODonnel</span></div></td></tr></table></div>
<div id="row46799351" class="chatmsg readercomment "  ><table  style="width: 100%;" ><tr valign="top"><td class="chatmsgtime" nowrap><div class="itemtime">10:06</div> </td><td class="chatmsgtext viewertext "><table><tr valign=top><td><span class="readeravatar readerdefaultavatar"><img src="http://cdn.cloudfiles.mosso.com/c71692/templates/coveritlive/images/spacer.gif" width=48 height=48 align=left style="margin-right: 5px;" border=0 /></span></td><td><div class="inlinecommentname"><span class="commentbracket">[</span><span class="commentfrom">Comment From alisoncsmith </span><span class="nocommentfrom">alisoncsmith :&nbsp;</span><span class="commentbracket">]</span>&nbsp;</div><span id="txt46799351" >thanks kim, that helped - and i'd like to know more about how long cookies really keep... </span></td></tr></table><div class="bottomnametime"><span class="bottomdate">Thursday December  3, 2009&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomtime">10:06&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomdisplayname">alisoncsmith </span></div></td></tr></table></div>
<div id="row46799408" class="chatmsg writercomment"  ><table  style="width: 100%;" ><tr valign="top"><td class="chatmsgtime" nowrap><div class="itemtime">10:07</div> </td><td class="chatmsgtext altcastertext "><table><tr valign=top><td><span class="writeroverrideavatar"><img src="http://cdn.cloudfiles.mosso.com/c71692/templates/coveritlive/images/spacer.gif" width=48 height=48 align=left style="margin-right: 5px;" border=0 /></span></td><td><div class="inlinedisplayname">Kim ODonnel:&nbsp;</div><span id="txt46799408" >I think Fran's point of keeping cookies in a tin is a good one -- I've noticed too that they keep longer this way. I think freezing is also a good idea. </span></td></tr></table><div class="bottomnametime"><span class="bottomdate">Thursday December  3, 2009&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomtime">10:07&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomdisplayname">Kim ODonnel</span></div></td></tr></table></div>
<div id="row46799420" class="chatmsg readercomment "  ><table  style="width: 100%;" ><tr valign="top"><td class="chatmsgtime" nowrap><div class="itemtime">10:07</div> </td><td class="chatmsgtext viewertext "><table><tr valign=top><td><span class="readeravatar readerdefaultavatar"><img src="http://cdn.cloudfiles.mosso.com/c71692/templates/coveritlive/images/spacer.gif" width=48 height=48 align=left style="margin-right: 5px;" border=0 /></span></td><td><div class="inlinecommentname"><span class="commentbracket">[</span><span class="commentfrom">Comment From Roberta </span><span class="nocommentfrom">Roberta :&nbsp;</span><span class="commentbracket">]</span>&nbsp;</div><span id="txt46799420" >Biscotti has always worked well for me to ship for gifts - very sturdy and lots of fun flavor combinations. </span></td></tr></table><div class="bottomnametime"><span class="bottomdate">Thursday December  3, 2009&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomtime">10:07&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomdisplayname">Roberta </span></div></td></tr></table></div>
<div id="row46799478" class="chatmsg writercomment"  ><table  style="width: 100%;" ><tr valign="top"><td class="chatmsgtime" nowrap><div class="itemtime">10:08</div> </td><td class="chatmsgtext altcastertext "><table><tr valign=top><td><span class="writeroverrideavatar"><img src="http://cdn.cloudfiles.mosso.com/c71692/templates/coveritlive/images/spacer.gif" width=48 height=48 align=left style="margin-right: 5px;" border=0 /></span></td><td><div class="inlinedisplayname">Kim ODonnel:&nbsp;</div><span id="txt46799478" >Biscotti are great edible gifts, and they're terrific for when guests pop in during the season. </span></td></tr></table><div class="bottomnametime"><span class="bottomdate">Thursday December  3, 2009&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomtime">10:08&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomdisplayname">Kim ODonnel</span></div></td></tr></table></div>
<div id="row46799490" class="chatmsg readercomment "  ><table  style="width: 100%;" ><tr valign="top"><td class="chatmsgtime" nowrap><div class="itemtime">10:08</div> </td><td class="chatmsgtext viewertext "><table><tr valign=top><td><span class="readeravatar readerdefaultavatar"><img src="http://cdn.cloudfiles.mosso.com/c71692/templates/coveritlive/images/spacer.gif" width=48 height=48 align=left style="margin-right: 5px;" border=0 /></span></td><td><div class="inlinecommentname"><span class="commentbracket">[</span><span class="commentfrom">Comment From Linear Girl </span><span class="nocommentfrom">Linear Girl :&nbsp;</span><span class="commentbracket">]</span>&nbsp;</div><span id="txt46799490" >Roberta - Do you know anyone who'd appreciate a homemade pie for a gift?  My non-baking sister requests (and gets) an apple pie made to my grandmother's recipe each year for Christmas. </span></td></tr></table><div class="bottomnametime"><span class="bottomdate">Thursday December  3, 2009&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomtime">10:08&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomdisplayname">Linear Girl </span></div></td></tr></table></div>
<div id="row46799504" class="chatmsg readercomment "  ><table  style="width: 100%;" ><tr valign="top"><td class="chatmsgtime" nowrap><div class="itemtime">10:08</div> </td><td class="chatmsgtext viewertext "><table><tr valign=top><td><span class="readeravatar readerdefaultavatar"><img src="http://cdn.cloudfiles.mosso.com/c71692/templates/coveritlive/images/spacer.gif" width=48 height=48 align=left style="margin-right: 5px;" border=0 /></span></td><td><div class="inlinecommentname"><span class="commentbracket">[</span><span class="commentfrom">Comment From redweather </span><span class="nocommentfrom">redweather :&nbsp;</span><span class="commentbracket">]</span>&nbsp;</div><span id="txt46799504" >my Crust and Crumb friend is baking almost daily right now, and is posting updates on facebook - bread, cookies, pies, biscuits, etc.... he lives too far away for me to eat any of it! </span></td></tr></table><div class="bottomnametime"><span class="bottomdate">Thursday December  3, 2009&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomtime">10:08&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomdisplayname">redweather </span></div></td></tr></table></div>
<div id="row46799583" class="chatmsg writercomment"  ><table  style="width: 100%;" ><tr valign="top"><td class="chatmsgtime" nowrap><div class="itemtime">10:09</div> </td><td class="chatmsgtext altcastertext "><table><tr valign=top><td><span class="writeroverrideavatar"><img src="http://cdn.cloudfiles.mosso.com/c71692/templates/coveritlive/images/spacer.gif" width=48 height=48 align=left style="margin-right: 5px;" border=0 /></span></td><td><div class="inlinedisplayname">Kim ODonnel:&nbsp;</div><span id="txt46799583" >Wow! Reinhart is a great resource. Rose Levey Beranbaum has also just come out with   a new book. And so has James Peterson with a tome on baking. </span></td></tr></table><div class="bottomnametime"><span class="bottomdate">Thursday December  3, 2009&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomtime">10:09&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomdisplayname">Kim ODonnel</span></div></td></tr></table></div>
<div id="row46799629" class="chatmsg readercomment "  ><table  style="width: 100%;" ><tr valign="top"><td class="chatmsgtime" nowrap><div class="itemtime">10:09</div> </td><td class="chatmsgtext viewertext "><table><tr valign=top><td><span class="readeravatar readerdefaultavatar"><img src="http://cdn.cloudfiles.mosso.com/c71692/templates/coveritlive/images/spacer.gif" width=48 height=48 align=left style="margin-right: 5px;" border=0 /></span></td><td><div class="inlinecommentname"><span class="commentbracket">[</span><span class="commentfrom">Comment From Linear Girl </span><span class="nocommentfrom">Linear Girl :&nbsp;</span><span class="commentbracket">]</span>&nbsp;</div><span id="txt46799629" >I like to freeze cookies unbaked rather than baking then freezing.  I freeze them on a cookie sheet then store in freezer bags.  That way I can have as many (or few) fresh cookies on demand. </span></td></tr></table><div class="bottomnametime"><span class="bottomdate">Thursday December  3, 2009&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomtime">10:09&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomdisplayname">Linear Girl </span></div></td></tr></table></div>
<div id="row46799671" class="chatmsg writercomment"  ><table  style="width: 100%;" ><tr valign="top"><td class="chatmsgtime" nowrap><div class="itemtime">10:10</div> </td><td class="chatmsgtext altcastertext "><table><tr valign=top><td><span class="writeroverrideavatar"><img src="http://cdn.cloudfiles.mosso.com/c71692/templates/coveritlive/images/spacer.gif" width=48 height=48 align=left style="margin-right: 5px;" border=0 /></span></td><td><div class="inlinedisplayname">Mark Douglas:&nbsp;</div><span id="txt46799671" >Redweather... on a related note Culinate announced yesterday that they would be donating all of their December revenues from both Amazon and Powell's books to Food Banks.   Please consider using our link(s) if you do find a book, or other gift you are thinking of buying online this month.   Read "<a href="http://www.culinate.com/articles/ourtable/FoodBankDonation" target="blank" >Books for food</a>" to learn more about how you can help out...every little bit helps. </span></td></tr></table><div class="bottomnametime"><span class="bottomdate">Thursday December  3, 2009&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomtime">10:10&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomdisplayname">Mark Douglas</span></div></td></tr></table></div>
<div id="row46799680" class="chatmsg writercomment"  ><table  style="width: 100%;" ><tr valign="top"><td class="chatmsgtime" nowrap><div class="itemtime">10:10</div> </td><td class="chatmsgtext altcastertext "><table><tr valign=top><td><span class="writeroverrideavatar"><img src="http://cdn.cloudfiles.mosso.com/c71692/templates/coveritlive/images/spacer.gif" width=48 height=48 align=left style="margin-right: 5px;" border=0 /></span></td><td><div class="inlinedisplayname">Kim ODonnel:&nbsp;</div><span id="txt46799680" >Do you have a big freezer, Linear? </span></td></tr></table><div class="bottomnametime"><span class="bottomdate">Thursday December  3, 2009&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomtime">10:10&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomdisplayname">Kim ODonnel</span></div></td></tr></table></div>
<div id="row46799716" class="chatmsg writercomment"  ><table  style="width: 100%;" ><tr valign="top"><td class="chatmsgtime" nowrap><div class="itemtime">10:10</div> </td><td class="chatmsgtext altcastertext "><table><tr valign=top><td><span class="writeroverrideavatar"><img src="http://cdn.cloudfiles.mosso.com/c71692/templates/coveritlive/images/spacer.gif" width=48 height=48 align=left style="margin-right: 5px;" border=0 /></span></td><td><div class="inlinedisplayname">Kim ODonnel:&nbsp;</div><span id="txt46799716" >Oh yeah! Thanks for the reminder, Mark. I wrote about it here yesterday: <br /><a href="http://trueslant.com/kimodonnel/2009/12/02/holiday-shopping-that-does-good/" target="blank" >http://trueslant.com/kimodonnel/2009/12/02/holiday-shopping-that-does-good/</a> </span></td></tr></table><div class="bottomnametime"><span class="bottomdate">Thursday December  3, 2009&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomtime">10:10&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomdisplayname">Kim ODonnel</span></div></td></tr></table></div>
<div id="row46799889" class="chatmsg writercomment"  ><table  style="width: 100%;" ><tr valign="top"><td class="chatmsgtime" nowrap><div class="itemtime">10:12</div> </td><td class="chatmsgtext altcastertext "><table><tr valign=top><td><span class="writeroverrideavatar"><img src="http://cdn.cloudfiles.mosso.com/c71692/templates/coveritlive/images/spacer.gif" width=48 height=48 align=left style="margin-right: 5px;" border=0 /></span></td><td><div class="inlinedisplayname">Kim ODonnel:&nbsp;</div><span id="txt46799889" >Speaking of which, I'm collecting other do-gooding ideas during the giving season. <br />Just heard that Allrecipes is baking a batch of cookies every day til the 25th & is accepting nominations for soldiers overseas to receive a batch. Nice idea. </span></td></tr></table><div class="bottomnametime"><span class="bottomdate">Thursday December  3, 2009&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomtime">10:12&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomdisplayname">Kim ODonnel</span></div></td></tr></table></div>
<div id="row46799901" class="chatmsg readercomment "  ><table  style="width: 100%;" ><tr valign="top"><td class="chatmsgtime" nowrap><div class="itemtime">10:12</div> </td><td class="chatmsgtext viewertext "><table><tr valign=top><td><span class="readeravatar readerdefaultavatar"><img src="http://cdn.cloudfiles.mosso.com/c71692/templates/coveritlive/images/spacer.gif" width=48 height=48 align=left style="margin-right: 5px;" border=0 /></span></td><td><div class="inlinecommentname"><span class="commentbracket">[</span><span class="commentfrom">Comment From alisoncsmith </span><span class="nocommentfrom">alisoncsmith :&nbsp;</span><span class="commentbracket">]</span>&nbsp;</div><span id="txt46799901" >great idea linear - might try it w/ some, but like kim mentions, freezer space is at a premium. you shoulda seen us juggling at thanksgiving to get the ice cream maker bowl (alton brown's chocolate recipe w/ nutella added at the end) in there next to the whole heads of cabbage (for christmas stuffed cabbage - the leaves are easier to manage/wrap if frozen, then thawed) </span></td></tr></table><div class="bottomnametime"><span class="bottomdate">Thursday December  3, 2009&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomtime">10:12&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomdisplayname">alisoncsmith </span></div></td></tr></table></div>
<div id="row46799912" class="chatmsg readercomment "  ><table  style="width: 100%;" ><tr valign="top"><td class="chatmsgtime" nowrap><div class="itemtime">10:12</div> </td><td class="chatmsgtext viewertext "><table><tr valign=top><td><span class="readeravatar readerdefaultavatar"><img src="http://cdn.cloudfiles.mosso.com/c71692/templates/coveritlive/images/spacer.gif" width=48 height=48 align=left style="margin-right: 5px;" border=0 /></span></td><td><div class="inlinecommentname"><span class="commentbracket">[</span><span class="commentfrom">Comment From redweather </span><span class="nocommentfrom">redweather :&nbsp;</span><span class="commentbracket">]</span>&nbsp;</div><span id="txt46799912" >mark, i'm so glad you said that!  will do! </span></td></tr></table><div class="bottomnametime"><span class="bottomdate">Thursday December  3, 2009&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomtime">10:12&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomdisplayname">redweather </span></div></td></tr></table></div>
<div id="row46799940" class="chatmsg readercomment "  ><table  style="width: 100%;" ><tr valign="top"><td class="chatmsgtime" nowrap><div class="itemtime">10:13</div> </td><td class="chatmsgtext viewertext "><table><tr valign=top><td><span class="readeravatar readerdefaultavatar"><img src="http://cdn.cloudfiles.mosso.com/c71692/templates/coveritlive/images/spacer.gif" width=48 height=48 align=left style="margin-right: 5px;" border=0 /></span></td><td><div class="inlinecommentname"><span class="commentbracket">[</span><span class="commentfrom">Comment From Roberta </span><span class="nocommentfrom">Roberta :&nbsp;</span><span class="commentbracket">]</span>&nbsp;</div><span id="txt46799940" >Linear Girl - I probably have a few friends who aren't bakers and would appreciate a pie.  I'd love someone to bake me a pie! </span></td></tr></table><div class="bottomnametime"><span class="bottomdate">Thursday December  3, 2009&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomtime">10:13&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomdisplayname">Roberta </span></div></td></tr></table></div>
<div id="row46799954" class="chatmsg readercomment "  ><table  style="width: 100%;" ><tr valign="top"><td class="chatmsgtime" nowrap><div class="itemtime">10:13</div> </td><td class="chatmsgtext viewertext "><table><tr valign=top><td><span class="readeravatar readerdefaultavatar"><img src="http://cdn.cloudfiles.mosso.com/c71692/templates/coveritlive/images/spacer.gif" width=48 height=48 align=left style="margin-right: 5px;" border=0 /></span></td><td><div class="inlinecommentname"><span class="commentbracket">[</span><span class="commentfrom">Comment From maukgirl </span><span class="nocommentfrom">maukgirl :&nbsp;</span><span class="commentbracket">]</span>&nbsp;</div><span id="txt46799954" >I would love to store cookies in tins or give them away, but I can't seem to find empty tins </span></td></tr></table><div class="bottomnametime"><span class="bottomdate">Thursday December  3, 2009&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomtime">10:13&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomdisplayname">maukgirl </span></div></td></tr></table></div>
<div id="row46799968" class="chatmsg writercomment"  ><table  style="width: 100%;" ><tr valign="top"><td class="chatmsgtime" nowrap><div class="itemtime">10:13</div> </td><td class="chatmsgtext altcastertext "><table><tr valign=top><td><span class="writeroverrideavatar"><img src="http://cdn.cloudfiles.mosso.com/c71692/templates/coveritlive/images/spacer.gif" width=48 height=48 align=left style="margin-right: 5px;" border=0 /></span></td><td><div class="inlinedisplayname">Mark Douglas:&nbsp;</div><span id="txt46799968" >I saw that Kim... thanks... wouldn't it be cool if we could get more sites trying this as well?  &nbsp;Our little bit is nice (selfish me), but I would love to see others follow suit. </span></td></tr></table><div class="bottomnametime"><span class="bottomdate">Thursday December  3, 2009&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomtime">10:13&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomdisplayname">Mark Douglas</span></div></td></tr></table></div>
<div id="row46799987" class="chatmsg writercomment"  ><table  style="width: 100%;" ><tr valign="top"><td class="chatmsgtime" nowrap><div class="itemtime">10:13</div> </td><td class="chatmsgtext altcastertext "><table><tr valign=top><td><span class="writeroverrideavatar"><img src="http://cdn.cloudfiles.mosso.com/c71692/templates/coveritlive/images/spacer.gif" width=48 height=48 align=left style="margin-right: 5px;" border=0 /></span></td><td><div class="inlinedisplayname">Kim ODonnel:&nbsp;</div><span id="txt46799987" >Maukgirl, I've had good luck at places like Container Store for tins. Other thoughts on tin sources, folks? </span></td></tr></table><div class="bottomnametime"><span class="bottomdate">Thursday December  3, 2009&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomtime">10:13&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomdisplayname">Kim ODonnel</span></div></td></tr></table></div>
<div id="row46800048" class="chatmsg writercomment"  ><table  style="width: 100%;" ><tr valign="top"><td class="chatmsgtime" nowrap><div class="itemtime">10:14</div> </td><td class="chatmsgtext altcastertext "><table><tr valign=top><td><span class="writeroverrideavatar"><img src="http://cdn.cloudfiles.mosso.com/c71692/templates/coveritlive/images/spacer.gif" width=48 height=48 align=left style="margin-right: 5px;" border=0 /></span></td><td><div class="inlinedisplayname">Kim ODonnel:&nbsp;</div><span id="txt46800048" >Mark, yes would be great to encourage more sites to join this effort. Hmm. We should put our heads together... </span></td></tr></table><div class="bottomnametime"><span class="bottomdate">Thursday December  3, 2009&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomtime">10:14&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomdisplayname">Kim ODonnel</span></div></td></tr></table></div>
<div id="row46800060" class="chatmsg readercomment "  ><table  style="width: 100%;" ><tr valign="top"><td class="chatmsgtime" nowrap><div class="itemtime">10:14</div> </td><td class="chatmsgtext viewertext "><table><tr valign=top><td><span class="readeravatar readerdefaultavatar"><img src="http://cdn.cloudfiles.mosso.com/c71692/templates/coveritlive/images/spacer.gif" width=48 height=48 align=left style="margin-right: 5px;" border=0 /></span></td><td><div class="inlinecommentname"><span class="commentbracket">[</span><span class="commentfrom">Comment From Linear Girl </span><span class="nocommentfrom">Linear Girl :&nbsp;</span><span class="commentbracket">]</span>&nbsp;</div><span id="txt46800060" >I do.  We bought a separate freezer when I had to pick up 6 whole lambs from the butcher and it was going to be a month or so before I got them to the other family members who were sharing them.  It's now my goal to keep it full with meat, veg from the garden last summer and various baked goods, mostly bread and cookies.  I'm not there yet, but it's pretty satisfying to cook one day and get to eat the fruits of my labors for a long time. </span></td></tr></table><div class="bottomnametime"><span class="bottomdate">Thursday December  3, 2009&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomtime">10:14&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomdisplayname">Linear Girl </span></div></td></tr></table></div>
<div id="row46800077" class="chatmsg readercomment "  ><table  style="width: 100%;" ><tr valign="top"><td class="chatmsgtime" nowrap><div class="itemtime">10:14</div> </td><td class="chatmsgtext viewertext "><table><tr valign=top><td><span class="readeravatar readerdefaultavatar"><img src="http://cdn.cloudfiles.mosso.com/c71692/templates/coveritlive/images/spacer.gif" width=48 height=48 align=left style="margin-right: 5px;" border=0 /></span></td><td><div class="inlinecommentname"><span class="commentbracket">[</span><span class="commentfrom">Comment From Roberta </span><span class="nocommentfrom">Roberta :&nbsp;</span><span class="commentbracket">]</span>&nbsp;</div><span id="txt46800077" >Michaels usually has tins for cookies. </span></td></tr></table><div class="bottomnametime"><span class="bottomdate">Thursday December  3, 2009&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomtime">10:14&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomdisplayname">Roberta </span></div></td></tr></table></div>
<div id="row46800094" class="chatmsg readercomment "  ><table  style="width: 100%;" ><tr valign="top"><td class="chatmsgtime" nowrap><div class="itemtime">10:14</div> </td><td class="chatmsgtext viewertext "><table><tr valign=top><td><span class="readeravatar readerdefaultavatar"><img src="http://cdn.cloudfiles.mosso.com/c71692/templates/coveritlive/images/spacer.gif" width=48 height=48 align=left style="margin-right: 5px;" border=0 /></span></td><td><div class="inlinecommentname"><span class="commentbracket">[</span><span class="commentfrom">Comment From Linear Girl </span><span class="nocommentfrom">Linear Girl :&nbsp;</span><span class="commentbracket">]</span>&nbsp;</div><span id="txt46800094" >To clarify - the baking sheet is only in the freezer until the dough is frozen.  Then the frozen cookies are removed and placed in bags. </span></td></tr></table><div class="bottomnametime"><span class="bottomdate">Thursday December  3, 2009&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomtime">10:14&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomdisplayname">Linear Girl </span></div></td></tr></table></div>
<div id="row46800125" class="chatmsg writercomment"  ><table  style="width: 100%;" ><tr valign="top"><td class="chatmsgtime" nowrap><div class="itemtime">10:15</div> </td><td class="chatmsgtext altcastertext "><table><tr valign=top><td><span class="writeroverrideavatar"><img src="http://cdn.cloudfiles.mosso.com/c71692/templates/coveritlive/images/spacer.gif" width=48 height=48 align=left style="margin-right: 5px;" border=0 /></span></td><td><div class="inlinedisplayname">Kim ODonnel:&nbsp;</div><span id="txt46800125" >good to know, Linear. thanks for the tip! </span></td></tr></table><div class="bottomnametime"><span class="bottomdate">Thursday December  3, 2009&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomtime">10:15&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomdisplayname">Kim ODonnel</span></div></td></tr></table></div>
<div id="row46800236" class="chatmsg writercomment"  ><table  style="width: 100%;" ><tr valign="top"><td class="chatmsgtime" nowrap><div class="itemtime">10:16</div> </td><td class="chatmsgtext altcastertext "><table><tr valign=top><td><span class="writeroverrideavatar"><img src="http://cdn.cloudfiles.mosso.com/c71692/templates/coveritlive/images/spacer.gif" width=48 height=48 align=left style="margin-right: 5px;" border=0 /></span></td><td><div class="inlinedisplayname">Kim ODonnel:&nbsp;</div><span id="txt46800236" >What's on your gift wish list this year? Share with the class. </span></td></tr></table><div class="bottomnametime"><span class="bottomdate">Thursday December  3, 2009&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomtime">10:16&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomdisplayname">Kim ODonnel</span></div></td></tr></table></div>
<div id="row46800311" class="chatmsg writercomment"  ><table  style="width: 100%;" ><tr valign="top"><td class="chatmsgtime" nowrap><div class="itemtime">10:16</div> </td><td class="chatmsgtext altcastertext "><table><tr valign=top><td><span class="writeroverrideavatar"><img src="http://cdn.cloudfiles.mosso.com/c71692/templates/coveritlive/images/spacer.gif" width=48 height=48 align=left style="margin-right: 5px;" border=0 /></span></td><td><div class="inlinedisplayname">Kim ODonnel:&nbsp;</div><span id="txt46800311" >Here's an early question from <strong>lizka</strong>, who couldn't make the chat: <br />Not sure I'll make it to the chat, but I always read after, if it comes to that.   I'm interested in making this cranberry sauce (WP recipie) with my left over fresh cranberries, but I want to make it to have with sweet potatoes and so I want to cut the sugar as far back as possible so that the cranberry sauce gives  more tart than sweet to off-set the  natural sweetness of the sweet potatoes.   I would appreciate thoughts on how much sugar I could/should cut out.   Thanks a bunch!   Lizka<br />   <br />
<p style="font-family: serif; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: bold; font-size: 1.5em; line-height: normal; font-size-adjust: none; font-stretch: normal;">Ingredients:</p>
<ul>
<li>• 2/3 cup sugar </li>
<li>• 3/4 cup dry red wine </li>
<li>• 1/2 cinnamon stick (optional) </li>
<li>• 12 ounces package cranberries (about 3 cups) </li>
<li>• 2 long strips tangerine, clementine or orange zest (optional) </li>
</ul>
<p style="font-family: serif; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: bold; font-size: 1.5em; line-height: normal; font-size-adjust: none; font-stretch: normal;">Directions:</p>
In a saucepan over medium heat, combine the sugar, wine and, if desired, cinnamon and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer, stirring occasionally, until the sugar dissolves and the wine has reduced slightly, about 4 minutes. Add the cranberries and, if desired, the zest. Simmer until the cranberries soften and the sauce thickens, 10 to 12 minutes. Remove from the heat; remove and discard the cinnamon and/or the zest, if using. Set aside to cool for at least several minutes and up to several hours. Serve warm or at room temperature. (Do not refrigerate; the flavor is muted by the cold.) </span></td></tr></table><div class="bottomnametime"><span class="bottomdate">Thursday December  3, 2009&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomtime">10:16&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomdisplayname">Kim ODonnel</span></div></td></tr></table></div>
<div id="row46800387" class="chatmsg writercomment"  ><table  style="width: 100%;" ><tr valign="top"><td class="chatmsgtime" nowrap><div class="itemtime">10:18</div> </td><td class="chatmsgtext altcastertext "><table><tr valign=top><td><span class="writeroverrideavatar"><img src="http://cdn.cloudfiles.mosso.com/c71692/templates/coveritlive/images/spacer.gif" width=48 height=48 align=left style="margin-right: 5px;" border=0 /></span></td><td><div class="inlinedisplayname">Kim ODonnel:&nbsp;</div><span id="txt46800387" >you might be able to reduce sugar to 1/2 cup, but what about trying good quality maple sugar instead? I always feel like I get more sweetened bang for my buck. </span></td></tr></table><div class="bottomnametime"><span class="bottomdate">Thursday December  3, 2009&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomtime">10:18&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomdisplayname">Kim ODonnel</span></div></td></tr></table></div>
<div id="row46800406" class="chatmsg readercomment "  ><table  style="width: 100%;" ><tr valign="top"><td class="chatmsgtime" nowrap><div class="itemtime">10:18</div> </td><td class="chatmsgtext viewertext "><table><tr valign=top><td><span class="readeravatar readerdefaultavatar"><img src="http://cdn.cloudfiles.mosso.com/c71692/templates/coveritlive/images/spacer.gif" width=48 height=48 align=left style="margin-right: 5px;" border=0 /></span></td><td><div class="inlinecommentname"><span class="commentbracket">[</span><span class="commentfrom">Comment From Linear Girl </span><span class="nocommentfrom">Linear Girl :&nbsp;</span><span class="commentbracket">]</span>&nbsp;</div><span id="txt46800406" >I want a pasta maker.  Nothing fancy, just something to let me roll it out and maybe cut it.  I've not really messed with homemade pasta yet and I'm itching to try it. </span></td></tr></table><div class="bottomnametime"><span class="bottomdate">Thursday December  3, 2009&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomtime">10:18&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomdisplayname">Linear Girl </span></div></td></tr></table></div>
<div id="row46800421" class="chatmsg writercomment"  ><table  style="width: 100%;" ><tr valign="top"><td class="chatmsgtime" nowrap><div class="itemtime">10:18</div> </td><td class="chatmsgtext altcastertext "><table><tr valign=top><td><span class="writeroverrideavatar"><img src="http://cdn.cloudfiles.mosso.com/c71692/templates/coveritlive/images/spacer.gif" width=48 height=48 align=left style="margin-right: 5px;" border=0 /></span></td><td><div class="inlinedisplayname">Mark Douglas:&nbsp;</div><span id="txt46800421" ><p>It was not on my list, but I got some great homemade chocolate from a friend who took a base chocolate and made her own special spicy mexican chocolate bites using cinnamon and chiles... yummy!  </p> </span></td></tr></table><div class="bottomnametime"><span class="bottomdate">Thursday December  3, 2009&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomtime">10:18&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomdisplayname">Mark Douglas</span></div></td></tr></table></div>
<div id="row46800474" class="chatmsg writercomment"  ><table  style="width: 100%;" ><tr valign="top"><td class="chatmsgtime" nowrap><div class="itemtime">10:18</div> </td><td class="chatmsgtext altcastertext "><table><tr valign=top><td><span class="writeroverrideavatar"><img src="http://cdn.cloudfiles.mosso.com/c71692/templates/coveritlive/images/spacer.gif" width=48 height=48 align=left style="margin-right: 5px;" border=0 /></span></td><td><div class="inlinedisplayname">Kim ODonnel:&nbsp;</div><span id="txt46800474" >Linear, better you than me. Homemade pasta is one thing I can't seem to master , no mattter how hard I try! </span></td></tr></table><div class="bottomnametime"><span class="bottomdate">Thursday December  3, 2009&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomtime">10:18&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomdisplayname">Kim ODonnel</span></div></td></tr></table></div>
<div id="row46800494" class="chatmsg readercomment "  ><table  style="width: 100%;" ><tr valign="top"><td class="chatmsgtime" nowrap><div class="itemtime">10:19</div> </td><td class="chatmsgtext viewertext "><table><tr valign=top><td><span class="readeravatar readerdefaultavatar"><img src="http://cdn.cloudfiles.mosso.com/c71692/templates/coveritlive/images/spacer.gif" width=48 height=48 align=left style="margin-right: 5px;" border=0 /></span></td><td><div class="inlinecommentname"><span class="commentbracket">[</span><span class="commentfrom">Comment From Roberta </span><span class="nocommentfrom">Roberta :&nbsp;</span><span class="commentbracket">]</span>&nbsp;</div><span id="txt46800494" >I'd welcome Le Crueset anything and vintage Pyrex serving bowls. </span></td></tr></table><div class="bottomnametime"><span class="bottomdate">Thursday December  3, 2009&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomtime">10:19&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomdisplayname">Roberta </span></div></td></tr></table></div>
<div id="row46800511" class="chatmsg readercomment "  ><table  style="width: 100%;" ><tr valign="top"><td class="chatmsgtime" nowrap><div class="itemtime">10:19</div> </td><td class="chatmsgtext viewertext "><table><tr valign=top><td><span class="readeravatar readerdefaultavatar"><img src="http://cdn.cloudfiles.mosso.com/c71692/templates/coveritlive/images/spacer.gif" width=48 height=48 align=left style="margin-right: 5px;" border=0 /></span></td><td><div class="inlinecommentname"><span class="commentbracket">[</span><span class="commentfrom">Comment From redweather </span><span class="nocommentfrom">redweather :&nbsp;</span><span class="commentbracket">]</span>&nbsp;</div><span id="txt46800511" >my boss always gives giftcards and candy etc to the staff in little tins from tea that he saves all year as he drinks his tea....   i think it's really cute. </span></td></tr></table><div class="bottomnametime"><span class="bottomdate">Thursday December  3, 2009&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomtime">10:19&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomdisplayname">redweather </span></div></td></tr></table></div>
<div id="row46800687" class="chatmsg writercomment"  ><table  style="width: 100%;" ><tr valign="top"><td class="chatmsgtime" nowrap><div class="itemtime">10:20</div> </td><td class="chatmsgtext altcastertext "><table><tr valign=top><td><span class="writeroverrideavatar"><img src="http://cdn.cloudfiles.mosso.com/c71692/templates/coveritlive/images/spacer.gif" width=48 height=48 align=left style="margin-right: 5px;" border=0 /></span></td><td><div class="inlinedisplayname">Kim ODonnel:&nbsp;</div><span id="txt46800687" >that's a sweet idea, redweather.   recycling too! How many of you are making gifts this year? </span></td></tr></table><div class="bottomnametime"><span class="bottomdate">Thursday December  3, 2009&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomtime">10:20&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomdisplayname">Kim ODonnel</span></div></td></tr></table></div>
<div id="row46800697" class="chatmsg writercomment"  ><table  style="width: 100%;" ><tr valign="top"><td class="chatmsgtime" nowrap><div class="itemtime">10:20</div> </td><td class="chatmsgtext altcastertext "><table><tr valign=top><td><span class="writeroverrideavatar"><img src="http://cdn.cloudfiles.mosso.com/c71692/templates/coveritlive/images/spacer.gif" width=48 height=48 align=left style="margin-right: 5px;" border=0 /></span></td><td><div class="inlinedisplayname">Kim C.:&nbsp;</div><span id="txt46800697" ><p>Hi Kim! I'm making crackers for the neighbors and boxing them with a wedge of cheese. The crackers will come from our current <a href="http://www.culinate.com/articles/features/homemadecrackers" target="blank" >crackers story </a>and the cheese will be from <a href="http://www.stevescheese.biz/" target="blank" >Steve's</a>, my favorite cheese shop.</p> </span></td></tr></table><div class="bottomnametime"><span class="bottomdate">Thursday December  3, 2009&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomtime">10:20&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomdisplayname">Kim C.</span></div></td></tr></table></div>
<div id="row46800714" class="chatmsg readercomment "  ><table  style="width: 100%;" ><tr valign="top"><td class="chatmsgtime" nowrap><div class="itemtime">10:21</div> </td><td class="chatmsgtext viewertext "><table><tr valign=top><td><span class="readeravatar readerdefaultavatar"><img src="http://cdn.cloudfiles.mosso.com/c71692/templates/coveritlive/images/spacer.gif" width=48 height=48 align=left style="margin-right: 5px;" border=0 /></span></td><td><div class="inlinecommentname"><span class="commentbracket">[</span><span class="commentfrom">Comment From maukgirl </span><span class="nocommentfrom">maukgirl :&nbsp;</span><span class="commentbracket">]</span>&nbsp;</div><span id="txt46800714" >found a recipe for red velvet black and white cookies that I'm going to try; also making sugar cookies, snickerdoodles and flourless PB cookies </span></td></tr></table><div class="bottomnametime"><span class="bottomdate">Thursday December  3, 2009&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomtime">10:21&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomdisplayname">maukgirl </span></div></td></tr></table></div>
<div id="row46800748" class="chatmsg writercomment"  ><table  style="width: 100%;" ><tr valign="top"><td class="chatmsgtime" nowrap><div class="itemtime">10:21</div> </td><td class="chatmsgtext altcastertext "><table><tr valign=top><td><span class="writeroverrideavatar"><img src="http://cdn.cloudfiles.mosso.com/c71692/templates/coveritlive/images/spacer.gif" width=48 height=48 align=left style="margin-right: 5px;" border=0 /></span></td><td><div class="inlinedisplayname">Kim ODonnel:&nbsp;</div><span id="txt46800748" >Maukgirl, I'd like a full report on those cookies. Flourless PB, huh? Do tell. </span></td></tr></table><div class="bottomnametime"><span class="bottomdate">Thursday December  3, 2009&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomtime">10:21&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomdisplayname">Kim ODonnel</span></div></td></tr></table></div>
<div id="row46800809" class="chatmsg writercomment"  ><table  style="width: 100%;" ><tr valign="top"><td class="chatmsgtime" nowrap><div class="itemtime">10:22</div> </td><td class="chatmsgtext altcastertext "><table><tr valign=top><td><span class="writeroverrideavatar"><img src="http://cdn.cloudfiles.mosso.com/c71692/templates/coveritlive/images/spacer.gif" width=48 height=48 align=left style="margin-right: 5px;" border=0 /></span></td><td><div class="inlinedisplayname">Kim ODonnel:&nbsp;</div><span id="txt46800809" >Kim, I love the idea of homemade crackers.   That's the spirit I'm talkin' bout! </span></td></tr></table><div class="bottomnametime"><span class="bottomdate">Thursday December  3, 2009&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomtime">10:22&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomdisplayname">Kim ODonnel</span></div></td></tr></table></div>
<div id="row46800828" class="chatmsg readercomment "  ><table  style="width: 100%;" ><tr valign="top"><td class="chatmsgtime" nowrap><div class="itemtime">10:22</div> </td><td class="chatmsgtext viewertext "><table><tr valign=top><td><span class="readeravatar readerdefaultavatar"><img src="http://cdn.cloudfiles.mosso.com/c71692/templates/coveritlive/images/spacer.gif" width=48 height=48 align=left style="margin-right: 5px;" border=0 /></span></td><td><div class="inlinecommentname"><span class="commentbracket">[</span><span class="commentfrom">Comment From Roberta </span><span class="nocommentfrom">Roberta :&nbsp;</span><span class="commentbracket">]</span>&nbsp;</div><span id="txt46800828" >Mexican chocolate is great - we have a place here that makes a mexican mocha which is a little spicy...delicious! </span></td></tr></table><div class="bottomnametime"><span class="bottomdate">Thursday December  3, 2009&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomtime">10:22&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomdisplayname">Roberta </span></div></td></tr></table></div>
<div id="row46800839" class="chatmsg writercomment"  ><table  style="width: 100%;" ><tr valign="top"><td class="chatmsgtime" nowrap><div class="itemtime">10:22</div> </td><td class="chatmsgtext altcastertext "><table><tr valign=top><td><span class="writeroverrideavatar"><img src="http://cdn.cloudfiles.mosso.com/c71692/templates/coveritlive/images/spacer.gif" width=48 height=48 align=left style="margin-right: 5px;" border=0 /></span></td><td><div class="inlinedisplayname">Kim ODonnel:&nbsp;</div><span id="txt46800839" >Ooh, Roberta, where do you live? </span></td></tr></table><div class="bottomnametime"><span class="bottomdate">Thursday December  3, 2009&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomtime">10:22&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomdisplayname">Kim ODonnel</span></div></td></tr></table></div>
<div id="row46800890" class="chatmsg readercomment "  ><table  style="width: 100%;" ><tr valign="top"><td class="chatmsgtime" nowrap><div class="itemtime">10:23</div> </td><td class="chatmsgtext viewertext "><table><tr valign=top><td><span class="readeravatar readerdefaultavatar"><img src="http://cdn.cloudfiles.mosso.com/c71692/templates/coveritlive/images/spacer.gif" width=48 height=48 align=left style="margin-right: 5px;" border=0 /></span></td><td><div class="inlinecommentname"><span class="commentbracket">[</span><span class="commentfrom">Comment From Roberta </span><span class="nocommentfrom">Roberta :&nbsp;</span><span class="commentbracket">]</span>&nbsp;</div><span id="txt46800890" >I like to pair homemade jam or preserves with something I get at a local craft fair like a wooden board or spreader or ceramic mug.  Supports the local artisans too! </span></td></tr></table><div class="bottomnametime"><span class="bottomdate">Thursday December  3, 2009&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomtime">10:23&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomdisplayname">Roberta </span></div></td></tr></table></div>
<div id="row46800948" class="chatmsg readercomment "  ><table  style="width: 100%;" ><tr valign="top"><td class="chatmsgtime" nowrap><div class="itemtime">10:23</div> </td><td class="chatmsgtext viewertext "><table><tr valign=top><td><span class="readeravatar readerdefaultavatar"><img src="http://cdn.cloudfiles.mosso.com/c71692/templates/coveritlive/images/spacer.gif" width=48 height=48 align=left style="margin-right: 5px;" border=0 /></span></td><td><div class="inlinecommentname"><span class="commentbracket">[</span><span class="commentfrom">Comment From Roberta </span><span class="nocommentfrom">Roberta :&nbsp;</span><span class="commentbracket">]</span>&nbsp;</div><span id="txt46800948" >Kim, I'm in Vancouver, BC Canada and its not raining today!  Hooray! </span></td></tr></table><div class="bottomnametime"><span class="bottomdate">Thursday December  3, 2009&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomtime">10:23&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomdisplayname">Roberta </span></div></td></tr></table></div>
<div id="row46801010" class="chatmsg writercomment"  ><table  style="width: 100%;" ><tr valign="top"><td class="chatmsgtime" nowrap><div class="itemtime">10:24</div> </td><td class="chatmsgtext altcastertext "><table><tr valign=top><td><span class="writeroverrideavatar"><img src="http://cdn.cloudfiles.mosso.com/c71692/templates/coveritlive/images/spacer.gif" width=48 height=48 align=left style="margin-right: 5px;" border=0 /></span></td><td><div class="inlinedisplayname">Kim ODonnel:&nbsp;</div><span id="txt46801010" >Yes, that is cause for celebration.   I'm typing to y'all from Arkansas, where the weather has gotten quite chilly. Ahem. </span></td></tr></table><div class="bottomnametime"><span class="bottomdate">Thursday December  3, 2009&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomtime">10:24&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomdisplayname">Kim ODonnel</span></div></td></tr></table></div>
<div id="row46801034" class="chatmsg readercomment "  ><table  style="width: 100%;" ><tr valign="top"><td class="chatmsgtime" nowrap><div class="itemtime">10:24</div> </td><td class="chatmsgtext viewertext "><table><tr valign=top><td><span class="readeravatar readerdefaultavatar"><img src="http://cdn.cloudfiles.mosso.com/c71692/templates/coveritlive/images/spacer.gif" width=48 height=48 align=left style="margin-right: 5px;" border=0 /></span></td><td><div class="inlinecommentname"><span class="commentbracket">[</span><span class="commentfrom">Comment From Linear Girl </span><span class="nocommentfrom">Linear Girl :&nbsp;</span><span class="commentbracket">]</span>&nbsp;</div><span id="txt46801034" >Does anybody know of a gluten-free cracker recipe?  I love the idea and I'm getting my sister a cheese-of-the-month subscription but she avoids gluten. </span></td></tr></table><div class="bottomnametime"><span class="bottomdate">Thursday December  3, 2009&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomtime">10:24&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomdisplayname">Linear Girl </span></div></td></tr></table></div>
<div id="row46801072" class="chatmsg writercomment"  ><table  style="width: 100%;" ><tr valign="top"><td class="chatmsgtime" nowrap><div class="itemtime">10:25</div> </td><td class="chatmsgtext altcastertext "><table><tr valign=top><td><span class="writeroverrideavatar"><img src="http://cdn.cloudfiles.mosso.com/c71692/templates/coveritlive/images/spacer.gif" width=48 height=48 align=left style="margin-right: 5px;" border=0 /></span></td><td><div class="inlinedisplayname">Kim ODonnel:&nbsp;</div><span id="txt46801072" >LInear, I wish Jeanne was online with us today. She's a GF gal. i'll be sure to email her, as I think she's got a GF cracker recipe. </span></td></tr></table><div class="bottomnametime"><span class="bottomdate">Thursday December  3, 2009&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomtime">10:25&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomdisplayname">Kim ODonnel</span></div></td></tr></table></div>
<div id="row46801242" class="chatmsg writercomment"  ><table  style="width: 100%;" ><tr valign="top"><td class="chatmsgtime" nowrap><div class="itemtime">10:27</div> </td><td class="chatmsgtext altcastertext "><table><tr valign=top><td><span class="writeroverrideavatar"><img src="http://cdn.cloudfiles.mosso.com/c71692/templates/coveritlive/images/spacer.gif" width=48 height=48 align=left style="margin-right: 5px;" border=0 /></span></td><td><div class="inlinedisplayname">Kim C.:&nbsp;</div><span id="txt46801242" ><p>Another idea I'm loving is <a href="http://www.culinate.com/recipes/collections/Culinate+Kitchen/Beverages/clemencello" target="blank" >Clemoncello</a>, kind of like Limoncello only with clementines and other citrus. I notice that it has to age for three-four weeks though, so I'd better get busy.</p> </span></td></tr></table><div class="bottomnametime"><span class="bottomdate">Thursday December  3, 2009&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomtime">10:27&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomdisplayname">Kim C.</span></div></td></tr></table></div>
<div id="row46801275" class="chatmsg writercomment"  ><table  style="width: 100%;" ><tr valign="top"><td class="chatmsgtime" nowrap><div class="itemtime">10:27</div> </td><td class="chatmsgtext altcastertext "><table><tr valign=top><td><span class="writeroverrideavatar"><img src="http://cdn.cloudfiles.mosso.com/c71692/templates/coveritlive/images/spacer.gif" width=48 height=48 align=left style="margin-right: 5px;" border=0 /></span></td><td><div class="inlinedisplayname">Kim ODonnel:&nbsp;</div><span id="txt46801275" >Oh man. Kim! Clemoncello is a brilliant idea. </span></td></tr></table><div class="bottomnametime"><span class="bottomdate">Thursday December  3, 2009&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomtime">10:27&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomdisplayname">Kim ODonnel</span></div></td></tr></table></div>
<div id="row46801330" class="chatmsg writercomment"  ><table  style="width: 100%;" ><tr valign="top"><td class="chatmsgtime" nowrap><div class="itemtime">10:28</div> </td><td class="chatmsgtext altcastertext "><table><tr valign=top><td><span class="writeroverrideavatar"><img src="http://cdn.cloudfiles.mosso.com/c71692/templates/coveritlive/images/spacer.gif" width=48 height=48 align=left style="margin-right: 5px;" border=0 /></span></td><td><div class="inlinedisplayname">Kim ODonnel:&nbsp;</div><span id="txt46801330" >I have been so busy in my writing cave I haven't gotten hip to all these cool projects. Typically, I make candy. Like peppermint patties & chocolate bark. </span></td></tr></table><div class="bottomnametime"><span class="bottomdate">Thursday December  3, 2009&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomtime">10:28&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomdisplayname">Kim ODonnel</span></div></td></tr></table></div>
<div id="row46801462" class="chatmsg writercomment"  ><table  style="width: 100%;" ><tr valign="top"><td class="chatmsgtime" nowrap><div class="itemtime">10:29</div> </td><td class="chatmsgtext altcastertext "><table><tr valign=top><td><span class="writeroverrideavatar"><img src="http://cdn.cloudfiles.mosso.com/c71692/templates/coveritlive/images/spacer.gif" width=48 height=48 align=left style="margin-right: 5px;" border=0 /></span></td><td><div class="inlinedisplayname">Kim ODonnel:&nbsp;</div><span id="txt46801462" >Been wondering if folks are feeling the pinch of this year's economy & are changing spending habits this year when it comes to gifts. Any insights? </span></td></tr></table><div class="bottomnametime"><span class="bottomdate">Thursday December  3, 2009&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomtime">10:29&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomdisplayname">Kim ODonnel</span></div></td></tr></table></div>
<div id="row46801478" class="chatmsg readercomment "  ><table  style="width: 100%;" ><tr valign="top"><td class="chatmsgtime" nowrap><div class="itemtime">10:29</div> </td><td class="chatmsgtext viewertext "><table><tr valign=top><td><span class="readeravatar readerdefaultavatar"><img src="http://cdn.cloudfiles.mosso.com/c71692/templates/coveritlive/images/spacer.gif" width=48 height=48 align=left style="margin-right: 5px;" border=0 /></span></td><td><div class="inlinecommentname"><span class="commentbracket">[</span><span class="commentfrom">Comment From Linear Girl </span><span class="nocommentfrom">Linear Girl :&nbsp;</span><span class="commentbracket">]</span>&nbsp;</div><span id="txt46801478" >Office gift ideas - my guy is a mechanic and for the Christmas party we bring gifts.  One year we gave pumpkin bread and a roll of duct tape to each person, last year it was biscotti and super glue.  I'm out of ideas for something new this year.  I was thinking maybe peanut brittle (peppermint patties and chocolate bark sound great, too) but I can't think of the practical piece.  Any suggestions? </span></td></tr></table><div class="bottomnametime"><span class="bottomdate">Thursday December  3, 2009&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomtime">10:29&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomdisplayname">Linear Girl </span></div></td></tr></table></div>
<div id="row46801587" class="chatmsg writercomment"  ><table  style="width: 100%;" ><tr valign="top"><td class="chatmsgtime" nowrap><div class="itemtime">10:30</div> </td><td class="chatmsgtext altcastertext "><table><tr valign=top><td><span class="writeroverrideavatar"><img src="http://cdn.cloudfiles.mosso.com/c71692/templates/coveritlive/images/spacer.gif" width=48 height=48 align=left style="margin-right: 5px;" border=0 /></span></td><td><div class="inlinedisplayname">Kim ODonnel:&nbsp;</div><span id="txt46801587" >chocolate bark is REALLY easy. I highly recommend. What about mini flash lights? tape measure? </span></td></tr></table><div class="bottomnametime"><span class="bottomdate">Thursday December  3, 2009&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomtime">10:30&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomdisplayname">Kim ODonnel</span></div></td></tr></table></div>
<div id="row46801601" class="chatmsg readercomment "  ><table  style="width: 100%;" ><tr valign="top"><td class="chatmsgtime" nowrap><div class="itemtime">10:30</div> </td><td class="chatmsgtext viewertext "><table><tr valign=top><td><span class="readeravatar readerdefaultavatar"><img src="http://cdn.cloudfiles.mosso.com/c71692/templates/coveritlive/images/spacer.gif" width=48 height=48 align=left style="margin-right: 5px;" border=0 /></span></td><td><div class="inlinecommentname"><span class="commentbracket">[</span><span class="commentfrom">Comment From Erin </span><span class="nocommentfrom">Erin :&nbsp;</span><span class="commentbracket">]</span>&nbsp;</div><span id="txt46801601" >I've started making spiced nuts (Kim, you know the recipe I'm talking about) and putting them in half pint containers for my kids' teachers. Home-made, nutritious, can be made a bit in advance... I second the suggestion that biscotti travels the best, but I make my mother's chocolate chip and almond cookie each and every Christmas to send to my Dad and to my brother. A slice of our past. Of course, with (adult) family so far-flung, edible gifts are great. I also send them local delicacies like our friends' gosh-darned-good maple syrup and some baking mixes from a local farm. </span></td></tr></table><div class="bottomnametime"><span class="bottomdate">Thursday December  3, 2009&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomtime">10:30&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomdisplayname">Erin </span></div></td></tr></table></div>
<div id="row46801660" class="chatmsg writercomment"  ><table  style="width: 100%;" ><tr valign="top"><td class="chatmsgtime" nowrap><div class="itemtime">10:31</div> </td><td class="chatmsgtext altcastertext "><table><tr valign=top><td><span class="writeroverrideavatar"><img src="http://cdn.cloudfiles.mosso.com/c71692/templates/coveritlive/images/spacer.gif" width=48 height=48 align=left style="margin-right: 5px;" border=0 /></span></td><td><div class="inlinedisplayname">Kim ODonnel:&nbsp;</div><span id="txt46801660" >Hey Erin! Do you have any shipping tips to share? </span></td></tr></table><div class="bottomnametime"><span class="bottomdate">Thursday December  3, 2009&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomtime">10:31&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomdisplayname">Kim ODonnel</span></div></td></tr></table></div>
<div id="row46801670" class="chatmsg readercomment "  ><table  style="width: 100%;" ><tr valign="top"><td class="chatmsgtime" nowrap><div class="itemtime">10:31</div> </td><td class="chatmsgtext viewertext "><table><tr valign=top><td><span class="readeravatar readerdefaultavatar"><img src="http://cdn.cloudfiles.mosso.com/c71692/templates/coveritlive/images/spacer.gif" width=48 height=48 align=left style="margin-right: 5px;" border=0 /></span></td><td><div class="inlinecommentname"><span class="commentbracket">[</span><span class="commentfrom">Comment From Erin </span><span class="nocommentfrom">Erin :&nbsp;</span><span class="commentbracket">]</span>&nbsp;</div><span id="txt46801670" >Linear Girl: peanut brittle and pliers. You know, to get the stuff out of your teeth, after eating! :) </span></td></tr></table><div class="bottomnametime"><span class="bottomdate">Thursday December  3, 2009&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomtime">10:31&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomdisplayname">Erin </span></div></td></tr></table></div>
<div id="row46801748" class="chatmsg writercomment"  ><table  style="width: 100%;" ><tr valign="top"><td class="chatmsgtime" nowrap><div class="itemtime">10:32</div> </td><td class="chatmsgtext altcastertext "><table><tr valign=top><td><span class="writeroverrideavatar"><img src="http://cdn.cloudfiles.mosso.com/c71692/templates/coveritlive/images/spacer.gif" width=48 height=48 align=left style="margin-right: 5px;" border=0 /></span></td><td><div class="inlinedisplayname">Kim ODonnel:&nbsp;</div><span id="txt46801748" >Kim C, I'm trying to remember -- for Dec 10 chat, we said snacks, apps & drinks, correct? </span></td></tr></table><div class="bottomnametime"><span class="bottomdate">Thursday December  3, 2009&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomtime">10:32&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomdisplayname">Kim ODonnel</span></div></td></tr></table></div>
<div id="row46801773" class="chatmsg readercomment "  ><table  style="width: 100%;" ><tr valign="top"><td class="chatmsgtime" nowrap><div class="itemtime">10:32</div> </td><td class="chatmsgtext viewertext "><table><tr valign=top><td><span class="readeravatar readerdefaultavatar"><img src="http://cdn.cloudfiles.mosso.com/c71692/templates/coveritlive/images/spacer.gif" width=48 height=48 align=left style="margin-right: 5px;" border=0 /></span></td><td><div class="inlinecommentname"><span class="commentbracket">[</span><span class="commentfrom">Comment From Fran </span><span class="nocommentfrom">Fran :&nbsp;</span><span class="commentbracket">]</span>&nbsp;</div><span id="txt46801773" >maukgirl - Michaels might have them. The last ones I bought I found at Gracious Home in NYC. </span></td></tr></table><div class="bottomnametime"><span class="bottomdate">Thursday December  3, 2009&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomtime">10:32&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomdisplayname">Fran </span></div></td></tr></table></div>
<div id="row46801785" class="chatmsg readercomment "  ><table  style="width: 100%;" ><tr valign="top"><td class="chatmsgtime" nowrap><div class="itemtime">10:32</div> </td><td class="chatmsgtext viewertext "><table><tr valign=top><td><span class="readeravatar readerdefaultavatar"><img src="http://cdn.cloudfiles.mosso.com/c71692/templates/coveritlive/images/spacer.gif" width=48 height=48 align=left style="margin-right: 5px;" border=0 /></span></td><td><div class="inlinecommentname"><span class="commentbracket">[</span><span class="commentfrom">Comment From Linear Girl </span><span class="nocommentfrom">Linear Girl :&nbsp;</span><span class="commentbracket">]</span>&nbsp;</div><span id="txt46801785" >Hee hee.  Pliers.  Love it. </span></td></tr></table><div class="bottomnametime"><span class="bottomdate">Thursday December  3, 2009&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomtime">10:32&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomdisplayname">Linear Girl </span></div></td></tr></table></div>
<div id="row46801895" class="chatmsg writercomment"  ><table  style="width: 100%;" ><tr valign="top"><td class="chatmsgtime" nowrap><div class="itemtime">10:34</div> </td><td class="chatmsgtext altcastertext "><table><tr valign=top><td><span class="writeroverrideavatar"><img src="http://cdn.cloudfiles.mosso.com/c71692/templates/coveritlive/images/spacer.gif" width=48 height=48 align=left style="margin-right: 5px;" border=0 /></span></td><td><div class="inlinedisplayname">Kim ODonnel:&nbsp;</div><span id="txt46801895" >The other I'd love to know is this: In the heat of the season, what do you do to take care of yourself? Any great rituals -- edible or not -- that help you slow down and enjoy this time of year? </span></td></tr></table><div class="bottomnametime"><span class="bottomdate">Thursday December  3, 2009&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomtime">10:34&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomdisplayname">Kim ODonnel</span></div></td></tr></table></div>
<div id="row46802006" class="chatmsg readercomment "  ><table  style="width: 100%;" ><tr valign="top"><td class="chatmsgtime" nowrap><div class="itemtime">10:35</div> </td><td class="chatmsgtext viewertext "><table><tr valign=top><td><span class="readeravatar readerdefaultavatar"><img src="http://cdn.cloudfiles.mosso.com/c71692/templates/coveritlive/images/spacer.gif" width=48 height=48 align=left style="margin-right: 5px;" border=0 /></span></td><td><div class="inlinecommentname"><span class="commentbracket">[</span><span class="commentfrom">Comment From Erin </span><span class="nocommentfrom">Erin :&nbsp;</span><span class="commentbracket">]</span>&nbsp;</div><span id="txt46802006" >Shipping tips for cookies: I definitely recommend a tin for cookies, because it ends up being a container within a container. I've found tins at Target, Wal-Mart, and at our grocery store. The cookies I make are chunky, so I place a layer of wax paper to line the tin and between each layer of cookies, including over the top. Then I partially inflate a ziploc bag and put it under the tin lid, put the lid on (adjust air-level accordingly) and gently shake the container. Any shifting will require either more air or a re-evaluation of the packing.  Pack the tin into a box, and shake the box to make sure the tin isn't shifting. Usually everything makes it from PA to CA without too much damage! </span></td></tr></table><div class="bottomnametime"><span class="bottomdate">Thursday December  3, 2009&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomtime">10:35&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomdisplayname">Erin </span></div></td></tr></table></div>
<div id="row46802062" class="chatmsg writercomment"  ><table  style="width: 100%;" ><tr valign="top"><td class="chatmsgtime" nowrap><div class="itemtime">10:36</div> </td><td class="chatmsgtext altcastertext "><table><tr valign=top><td><span class="writeroverrideavatar"><img src="http://cdn.cloudfiles.mosso.com/c71692/templates/coveritlive/images/spacer.gif" width=48 height=48 align=left style="margin-right: 5px;" border=0 /></span></td><td><div class="inlinedisplayname">Kim ODonnel:&nbsp;</div><span id="txt46802062" >GREAT tips, Erin. I'm going to clip this & use in a future blog post, with props to you. </span></td></tr></table><div class="bottomnametime"><span class="bottomdate">Thursday December  3, 2009&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomtime">10:36&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomdisplayname">Kim ODonnel</span></div></td></tr></table></div>
<div id="row46802071" class="chatmsg readercomment "  ><table  style="width: 100%;" ><tr valign="top"><td class="chatmsgtime" nowrap><div class="itemtime">10:36</div> </td><td class="chatmsgtext viewertext "><table><tr valign=top><td><span class="readeravatar readerdefaultavatar"><img src="http://cdn.cloudfiles.mosso.com/c71692/templates/coveritlive/images/spacer.gif" width=48 height=48 align=left style="margin-right: 5px;" border=0 /></span></td><td><div class="inlinecommentname"><span class="commentbracket">[</span><span class="commentfrom">Comment From Fran </span><span class="nocommentfrom">Fran :&nbsp;</span><span class="commentbracket">]</span>&nbsp;</div><span id="txt46802071" >Recently, we gave our neighbor a jar of tomato chunky puree that we canned this summer. She loved it. She used it to make a pasta sauce which even her husband, not a tomato person, loved. Home canned tomatoes taste so much better than anything commercial. </span></td></tr></table><div class="bottomnametime"><span class="bottomdate">Thursday December  3, 2009&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomtime">10:36&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomdisplayname">Fran </span></div></td></tr></table></div>
<div id="row46802101" class="chatmsg writercomment"  ><table  style="width: 100%;" ><tr valign="top"><td class="chatmsgtime" nowrap><div class="itemtime">10:36</div> </td><td class="chatmsgtext altcastertext "><table><tr valign=top><td><span class="writeroverrideavatar"><img src="http://cdn.cloudfiles.mosso.com/c71692/templates/coveritlive/images/spacer.gif" width=48 height=48 align=left style="margin-right: 5px;" border=0 /></span></td><td><div class="inlinedisplayname">Kim ODonnel:&nbsp;</div><span id="txt46802101" >Nice, Fran!   At Canning Across America, we've been talking lots about canned goods make delightful gifts. Cheers. </span></td></tr></table><div class="bottomnametime"><span class="bottomdate">Thursday December  3, 2009&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomtime">10:36&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomdisplayname">Kim ODonnel</span></div></td></tr></table></div>
<div id="row46802118" class="chatmsg readercomment "  ><table  style="width: 100%;" ><tr valign="top"><td class="chatmsgtime" nowrap><div class="itemtime">10:37</div> </td><td class="chatmsgtext viewertext "><table><tr valign=top><td><span class="readeravatar readerdefaultavatar"><img src="http://cdn.cloudfiles.mosso.com/c71692/templates/coveritlive/images/spacer.gif" width=48 height=48 align=left style="margin-right: 5px;" border=0 /></span></td><td><div class="inlinecommentname"><span class="commentbracket">[</span><span class="commentfrom">Comment From Erin </span><span class="nocommentfrom">Erin :&nbsp;</span><span class="commentbracket">]</span>&nbsp;</div><span id="txt46802118" >To take care of myself (this year), I am not missing my morning workouts. Crucial. Oh, and plenty of kitschy holiday music and dancing in the kitchen! </span></td></tr></table><div class="bottomnametime"><span class="bottomdate">Thursday December  3, 2009&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomtime">10:37&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomdisplayname">Erin </span></div></td></tr></table></div>
<div id="row46802209" class="chatmsg writercomment"  ><table  style="width: 100%;" ><tr valign="top"><td class="chatmsgtime" nowrap><div class="itemtime">10:37</div> </td><td class="chatmsgtext altcastertext "><table><tr valign=top><td><span class="writeroverrideavatar"><img src="http://cdn.cloudfiles.mosso.com/c71692/templates/coveritlive/images/spacer.gif" width=48 height=48 align=left style="margin-right: 5px;" border=0 /></span></td><td><div class="inlinedisplayname">Kim ODonnel:&nbsp;</div><span id="txt46802209" >Exercise is so important at this time of the year. It gets us out of our heads, it allows us fresh air, it helps maintain that waistline... </span></td></tr></table><div class="bottomnametime"><span class="bottomdate">Thursday December  3, 2009&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomtime">10:37&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomdisplayname">Kim ODonnel</span></div></td></tr></table></div>
<div id="row46802217" class="chatmsg readercomment "  ><table  style="width: 100%;" ><tr valign="top"><td class="chatmsgtime" nowrap><div class="itemtime">10:38</div> </td><td class="chatmsgtext viewertext "><table><tr valign=top><td><span class="readeravatar readerdefaultavatar"><img src="http://cdn.cloudfiles.mosso.com/c71692/templates/coveritlive/images/spacer.gif" width=48 height=48 align=left style="margin-right: 5px;" border=0 /></span></td><td><div class="inlinecommentname"><span class="commentbracket">[</span><span class="commentfrom">Comment From Linear Girl </span><span class="nocommentfrom">Linear Girl :&nbsp;</span><span class="commentbracket">]</span>&nbsp;</div><span id="txt46802217" >I love this time of year.  I generally enjoy all the prep and nice attitudes.  As I heard Nigella Lawson say on NPR the other morning, she likes to entertain several times a week during the holidays because people are predisposed to have a good time.  I wouldn't go that far, but that's the attitude I try to cultivate.  Do what you enjoy and when it stops being fun, it's time to do something else. </span></td></tr></table><div class="bottomnametime"><span class="bottomdate">Thursday December  3, 2009&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomtime">10:38&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomdisplayname">Linear Girl </span></div></td></tr></table></div>
<div id="row46802270" class="chatmsg writercomment"  ><table  style="width: 100%;" ><tr valign="top"><td class="chatmsgtime" nowrap><div class="itemtime">10:38</div> </td><td class="chatmsgtext altcastertext "><table><tr valign=top><td><span class="writeroverrideavatar"><img src="http://cdn.cloudfiles.mosso.com/c71692/templates/coveritlive/images/spacer.gif" width=48 height=48 align=left style="margin-right: 5px;" border=0 /></span></td><td><div class="inlinedisplayname">Kim C.:&nbsp;</div><span id="txt46802270" >Here's a GF cracker recipe for Linear Girl, from Terry Walter's wonderful book <a href="http://www.culinate.com/books/collections/allbooks/cleanfood" target="blank" >Clean Food</a>:<br /><br />Toasted Sesame Nori Crisps<br /><br />3 sheets toasted nori<br />1/2 cup canola oil<br />Cayenne<br />1/2 cup brown rice syrup <br />1 1/2 cup sesame seeds<br />Spice of choice (nutmeg, cinnamon, etc.)<br />Sea salt<br /><br />Preheat oven to 350 degrees.<br />Stack nori sheets, cut into 2-inch strips, stack again, and cut in half. Cover cookie sheet with parchment paper, and lay individual strips of nori side by side on paper. In small bowl whisk together oil, syrup, and a pinch of cayenne.<br /><br />Using a pastry brush, generously coat the top of each piece of nori with syrup mixture. Oil and syrup tend to separate, so continue to mix as you work. When all nori pieces are coated, sprinkle with sesame seeds, spice of choice and salt. Toast in oven 5-7 minutes — keep a close eye as they burn easily. When seeds are light brown, remove from oven and set aside to cool until nori is firm enough to handle. Flip nori pieces, brush with syrup mixture, sprinkle with sesame seeds, seasoning, and salt. Return to the oven for another 5-7 minutes. Remove from oven and cool completely. Repeat until all ingredients are used up.  <br /><br />Store in airtight container.   <br /><br />I haven't tried it, but maybe I will tonight!   </span></td></tr></table><div class="bottomnametime"><span class="bottomdate">Thursday December  3, 2009&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomtime">10:38&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomdisplayname">Kim C.</span></div></td></tr></table></div>
<div id="row46802322" class="chatmsg writercomment"  ><table  style="width: 100%;" ><tr valign="top"><td class="chatmsgtime" nowrap><div class="itemtime">10:39</div> </td><td class="chatmsgtext altcastertext "><table><tr valign=top><td><span class="writeroverrideavatar"><img src="http://cdn.cloudfiles.mosso.com/c71692/templates/coveritlive/images/spacer.gif" width=48 height=48 align=left style="margin-right: 5px;" border=0 /></span></td><td><div class="inlinedisplayname">Kim ODonnel:&nbsp;</div><span id="txt46802322" >Awesome! Thanks, Kim C. </span></td></tr></table><div class="bottomnametime"><span class="bottomdate">Thursday December  3, 2009&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomtime">10:39&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomdisplayname">Kim ODonnel</span></div></td></tr></table></div>
<div id="row46802341" class="chatmsg readercomment "  ><table  style="width: 100%;" ><tr valign="top"><td class="chatmsgtime" nowrap><div class="itemtime">10:39</div> </td><td class="chatmsgtext viewertext "><table><tr valign=top><td><span class="readeravatar readerdefaultavatar"><img src="http://cdn.cloudfiles.mosso.com/c71692/templates/coveritlive/images/spacer.gif" width=48 height=48 align=left style="margin-right: 5px;" border=0 /></span></td><td><div class="inlinecommentname"><span class="commentbracket">[</span><span class="commentfrom">Comment From redweather </span><span class="nocommentfrom">redweather :&nbsp;</span><span class="commentbracket">]</span>&nbsp;</div><span id="txt46802341" >i make december chiropracter's appointments months in advance.  somehow the holiday season stress all goes straight to my back and neck. </span></td></tr></table><div class="bottomnametime"><span class="bottomdate">Thursday December  3, 2009&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomtime">10:39&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomdisplayname">redweather </span></div></td></tr></table></div>
<div id="row46802442" class="chatmsg writercomment"  ><table  style="width: 100%;" ><tr valign="top"><td class="chatmsgtime" nowrap><div class="itemtime">10:40</div> </td><td class="chatmsgtext altcastertext "><table><tr valign=top><td><span class="writeroverrideavatar"><img src="http://cdn.cloudfiles.mosso.com/c71692/templates/coveritlive/images/spacer.gif" width=48 height=48 align=left style="margin-right: 5px;" border=0 /></span></td><td><div class="inlinedisplayname">Kim ODonnel:&nbsp;</div><span id="txt46802442" >Redweather, I hear you! I'm all for more time on the yoga mat and getting on a massage table as need be. Here's for making time for self-care! </span></td></tr></table><div class="bottomnametime"><span class="bottomdate">Thursday December  3, 2009&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomtime">10:40&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomdisplayname">Kim ODonnel</span></div></td></tr></table></div>
<div id="row46802461" class="chatmsg readercomment "  ><table  style="width: 100%;" ><tr valign="top"><td class="chatmsgtime" nowrap><div class="itemtime">10:40</div> </td><td class="chatmsgtext viewertext "><table><tr valign=top><td><span class="readeravatar readerdefaultavatar"><img src="http://cdn.cloudfiles.mosso.com/c71692/templates/coveritlive/images/spacer.gif" width=48 height=48 align=left style="margin-right: 5px;" border=0 /></span></td><td><div class="inlinecommentname"><span class="commentbracket">[</span><span class="commentfrom">Comment From redweather </span><span class="nocommentfrom">redweather :&nbsp;</span><span class="commentbracket">]</span>&nbsp;</div><span id="txt46802461" >Erin - that's wonderful to send your mother's recipe to people who will really appreciate it.  i remember when i was little, i used to make my grandfather, now gone, a huge tin of buckeyes every year, and he used to freeze them, and eat them in the most miserly way, to make them last as long as possible.  i remember thinking that it was "too much work" to make them every year, but now i'm so glad i did. </span></td></tr></table><div class="bottomnametime"><span class="bottomdate">Thursday December  3, 2009&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomtime">10:40&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomdisplayname">redweather </span></div></td></tr></table></div>
<div id="row46802490" class="chatmsg readercomment "  ><table  style="width: 100%;" ><tr valign="top"><td class="chatmsgtime" nowrap><div class="itemtime">10:40</div> </td><td class="chatmsgtext viewertext "><table><tr valign=top><td><span class="readeravatar readerdefaultavatar"><img src="http://cdn.cloudfiles.mosso.com/c71692/templates/coveritlive/images/spacer.gif" width=48 height=48 align=left style="margin-right: 5px;" border=0 /></span></td><td><div class="inlinecommentname"><span class="commentbracket">[</span><span class="commentfrom">Comment From Linear Girl </span><span class="nocommentfrom">Linear Girl :&nbsp;</span><span class="commentbracket">]</span>&nbsp;</div><span id="txt46802490" >Thanks Kim!  Those will be right up her alley. </span></td></tr></table><div class="bottomnametime"><span class="bottomdate">Thursday December  3, 2009&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomtime">10:40&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomdisplayname">Linear Girl </span></div></td></tr></table></div>
<div id="row46802494" class="chatmsg readercomment "  ><table  style="width: 100%;" ><tr valign="top"><td class="chatmsgtime" nowrap><div class="itemtime">10:41</div> </td><td class="chatmsgtext viewertext "><table><tr valign=top><td><span class="readeravatar readerdefaultavatar"><img src="http://cdn.cloudfiles.mosso.com/c71692/templates/coveritlive/images/spacer.gif" width=48 height=48 align=left style="margin-right: 5px;" border=0 /></span></td><td><div class="inlinecommentname"><span class="commentbracket">[</span><span class="commentfrom">Comment From maukgirl </span><span class="nocommentfrom">maukgirl :&nbsp;</span><span class="commentbracket">]</span>&nbsp;</div><span id="txt46802494" >here's the link to the flourless pb cookies </span></td></tr></table><div class="bottomnametime"><span class="bottomdate">Thursday December  3, 2009&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomtime">10:41&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomdisplayname">maukgirl </span></div></td></tr></table></div>
<div id="row46802496" class="chatmsg readercomment "  ><table  style="width: 100%;" ><tr valign="top"><td class="chatmsgtime" nowrap><div class="itemtime">10:41</div> </td><td class="chatmsgtext viewertext "><table><tr valign=top><td><span class="readeravatar readerdefaultavatar"><img src="http://cdn.cloudfiles.mosso.com/c71692/templates/coveritlive/images/spacer.gif" width=48 height=48 align=left style="margin-right: 5px;" border=0 /></span></td><td><div class="inlinecommentname"><span class="commentbracket">[</span><span class="commentfrom">Comment From maukgirl </span><span class="nocommentfrom">maukgirl :&nbsp;</span><span class="commentbracket">]</span>&nbsp;</div><span id="txt46802496" ><a href="http://www.joythebaker.com/blog/2009/04/flourless-peanut-butter-cookies/" target="blank" >http://www.joythebaker.com/blog/2009/04/flourless-peanut-butter-cookies/</a> </span></td></tr></table><div class="bottomnametime"><span class="bottomdate">Thursday December  3, 2009&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomtime">10:41&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomdisplayname">maukgirl </span></div></td></tr></table></div>
<div id="row46802506" class="chatmsg writercomment"  ><table  style="width: 100%;" ><tr valign="top"><td class="chatmsgtime" nowrap><div class="itemtime">10:41</div> </td><td class="chatmsgtext altcastertext "><table><tr valign=top><td><span class="writeroverrideavatar"><img src="http://cdn.cloudfiles.mosso.com/c71692/templates/coveritlive/images/spacer.gif" width=48 height=48 align=left style="margin-right: 5px;" border=0 /></span></td><td><div class="inlinedisplayname">Kim ODonnel:&nbsp;</div><span id="txt46802506" >Thank you, Maukgirl! </span></td></tr></table><div class="bottomnametime"><span class="bottomdate">Thursday December  3, 2009&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomtime">10:41&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomdisplayname">Kim ODonnel</span></div></td></tr></table></div>
<div id="row46802523" class="chatmsg readercomment "  ><table  style="width: 100%;" ><tr valign="top"><td class="chatmsgtime" nowrap><div class="itemtime">10:41</div> </td><td class="chatmsgtext viewertext "><table><tr valign=top><td><span class="readeravatar readerdefaultavatar"><img src="http://cdn.cloudfiles.mosso.com/c71692/templates/coveritlive/images/spacer.gif" width=48 height=48 align=left style="margin-right: 5px;" border=0 /></span></td><td><div class="inlinecommentname"><span class="commentbracket">[</span><span class="commentfrom">Comment From GirlScoutMom </span><span class="nocommentfrom">GirlScoutMom :&nbsp;</span><span class="commentbracket">]</span>&nbsp;</div><span id="txt46802523" >We find tins at JoAnn Fabrics, usually at 50% off. The only way to pack cookies! We also use muffin papers to hold the different ones within the tin. </span></td></tr></table><div class="bottomnametime"><span class="bottomdate">Thursday December  3, 2009&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomtime">10:41&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomdisplayname">GirlScoutMom </span></div></td></tr></table></div>
<div id="row46802545" class="chatmsg writercomment"  ><table  style="width: 100%;" ><tr valign="top"><td class="chatmsgtime" nowrap><div class="itemtime">10:41</div> </td><td class="chatmsgtext altcastertext "><table><tr valign=top><td><span class="writeroverrideavatar"><img src="http://cdn.cloudfiles.mosso.com/c71692/templates/coveritlive/images/spacer.gif" width=48 height=48 align=left style="margin-right: 5px;" border=0 /></span></td><td><div class="inlinedisplayname">Kim ODonnel:&nbsp;</div><span id="txt46802545" >More great cooking packing tips. I am getting inspired... </span></td></tr></table><div class="bottomnametime"><span class="bottomdate">Thursday December  3, 2009&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomtime">10:41&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomdisplayname">Kim ODonnel</span></div></td></tr></table></div>
<div id="row46802702" class="chatmsg writercomment"  ><table  style="width: 100%;" ><tr valign="top"><td class="chatmsgtime" nowrap><div class="itemtime">10:44</div> </td><td class="chatmsgtext altcastertext "><table><tr valign=top><td><span class="writeroverrideavatar"><img src="http://cdn.cloudfiles.mosso.com/c71692/templates/coveritlive/images/spacer.gif" width=48 height=48 align=left style="margin-right: 5px;" border=0 /></span></td><td><div class="inlinedisplayname">Kim ODonnel:&nbsp;</div><span id="txt46802702" >Linear, I like the spontaneity that the season can inspire. Friends dropping in just because, impromptu dinners. Ooh! And we can't forget the solstice. Dec. 21, right? </span></td></tr></table><div class="bottomnametime"><span class="bottomdate">Thursday December  3, 2009&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomtime">10:44&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomdisplayname">Kim ODonnel</span></div></td></tr></table></div>
<div id="row46802711" class="chatmsg readercomment "  ><table  style="width: 100%;" ><tr valign="top"><td class="chatmsgtime" nowrap><div class="itemtime">10:44</div> </td><td class="chatmsgtext viewertext "><table><tr valign=top><td><span class="readeravatar readerdefaultavatar"><img src="http://cdn.cloudfiles.mosso.com/c71692/templates/coveritlive/images/spacer.gif" width=48 height=48 align=left style="margin-right: 5px;" border=0 /></span></td><td><div class="inlinecommentname"><span class="commentbracket">[</span><span class="commentfrom">Comment From Linear Girl </span><span class="nocommentfrom">Linear Girl :&nbsp;</span><span class="commentbracket">]</span>&nbsp;</div><span id="txt46802711" >Yes, recipes as gifts!  One of my favorite gifts from my sister when she was in college (and therefore poor) was three of my favorite recipes from aunts and a grandmother handwritten on pretty stationary and laminated.  She also started decorating her tree with cookie cutters and other shiney small household objects.  I always suggest this to people starting out on their own. </span></td></tr></table><div class="bottomnametime"><span class="bottomdate">Thursday December  3, 2009&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomtime">10:44&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomdisplayname">Linear Girl </span></div></td></tr></table></div>
<div id="row46802767" class="chatmsg writercomment"  ><table  style="width: 100%;" ><tr valign="top"><td class="chatmsgtime" nowrap><div class="itemtime">10:45</div> </td><td class="chatmsgtext altcastertext "><table><tr valign=top><td><span class="writeroverrideavatar"><img src="http://cdn.cloudfiles.mosso.com/c71692/templates/coveritlive/images/spacer.gif" width=48 height=48 align=left style="margin-right: 5px;" border=0 /></span></td><td><div class="inlinedisplayname">Kim ODonnel:&nbsp;</div><span id="txt46802767" >I really like this idea. It's simple, it's meaningful, it's inexpensive, it's practical.   I've heard someone talk about printing up greeting cards that double as recipes... </span></td></tr></table><div class="bottomnametime"><span class="bottomdate">Thursday December  3, 2009&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomtime">10:45&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomdisplayname">Kim ODonnel</span></div></td></tr></table></div>
<div id="row46802921" class="chatmsg writercomment"  ><table  style="width: 100%;" ><tr valign="top"><td class="chatmsgtime" nowrap><div class="itemtime">10:47</div> </td><td class="chatmsgtext altcastertext "><table><tr valign=top><td><span class="writeroverrideavatar"><img src="http://cdn.cloudfiles.mosso.com/c71692/templates/coveritlive/images/spacer.gif" width=48 height=48 align=left style="margin-right: 5px;" border=0 /></span></td><td><div class="inlinedisplayname">Kim ODonnel:&nbsp;</div><span id="txt46802921" >Yes, solstice is Dec. 21, 2 weeks from Monday. </span></td></tr></table><div class="bottomnametime"><span class="bottomdate">Thursday December  3, 2009&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomtime">10:47&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomdisplayname">Kim ODonnel</span></div></td></tr></table></div>
<div id="row46802932" class="chatmsg readercomment "  ><table  style="width: 100%;" ><tr valign="top"><td class="chatmsgtime" nowrap><div class="itemtime">10:47</div> </td><td class="chatmsgtext viewertext "><table><tr valign=top><td><span class="readeravatar readerdefaultavatar"><img src="http://cdn.cloudfiles.mosso.com/c71692/templates/coveritlive/images/spacer.gif" width=48 height=48 align=left style="margin-right: 5px;" border=0 /></span></td><td><div class="inlinecommentname"><span class="commentbracket">[</span><span class="commentfrom">Comment From GirlScoutMom </span><span class="nocommentfrom">GirlScoutMom :&nbsp;</span><span class="commentbracket">]</span>&nbsp;</div><span id="txt46802932" >We give the recipies (with a picture to help identify) with our cookies. So many people have allergies. I'd rather not kill anyone with my cookies! </span></td></tr></table><div class="bottomnametime"><span class="bottomdate">Thursday December  3, 2009&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomtime">10:47&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomdisplayname">GirlScoutMom </span></div></td></tr></table></div>
<div id="row46802954" class="chatmsg writercomment"  ><table  style="width: 100%;" ><tr valign="top"><td class="chatmsgtime" nowrap><div class="itemtime">10:47</div> </td><td class="chatmsgtext altcastertext "><table><tr valign=top><td><span class="writeroverrideavatar"><img src="http://cdn.cloudfiles.mosso.com/c71692/templates/coveritlive/images/spacer.gif" width=48 height=48 align=left style="margin-right: 5px;" border=0 /></span></td><td><div class="inlinedisplayname">Kim ODonnel:&nbsp;</div><span id="txt46802954" >On the flip side, if they love the cookies, they can recreate and spread even more joy. Nice idea. </span></td></tr></table><div class="bottomnametime"><span class="bottomdate">Thursday December  3, 2009&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomtime">10:47&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomdisplayname">Kim ODonnel</span></div></td></tr></table></div>
<div id="row46802970" class="chatmsg readercomment "  ><table  style="width: 100%;" ><tr valign="top"><td class="chatmsgtime" nowrap><div class="itemtime">10:48</div> </td><td class="chatmsgtext viewertext "><table><tr valign=top><td><span class="readeravatar readerdefaultavatar"><img src="http://cdn.cloudfiles.mosso.com/c71692/templates/coveritlive/images/spacer.gif" width=48 height=48 align=left style="margin-right: 5px;" border=0 /></span></td><td><div class="inlinecommentname"><span class="commentbracket">[</span><span class="commentfrom">Comment From Roberta </span><span class="nocommentfrom">Roberta :&nbsp;</span><span class="commentbracket">]</span>&nbsp;</div><span id="txt46802970" >People love getting recipes that they know work - sorting through hundreds of recipes online is only fun if you have the time for trial and error. </span></td></tr></table><div class="bottomnametime"><span class="bottomdate">Thursday December  3, 2009&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomtime">10:48&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomdisplayname">Roberta </span></div></td></tr></table></div>
<div id="row46803000" class="chatmsg writercomment"  ><table  style="width: 100%;" ><tr valign="top"><td class="chatmsgtime" nowrap><div class="itemtime">10:48</div> </td><td class="chatmsgtext altcastertext "><table><tr valign=top><td><span class="writeroverrideavatar"><img src="http://cdn.cloudfiles.mosso.com/c71692/templates/coveritlive/images/spacer.gif" width=48 height=48 align=left style="margin-right: 5px;" border=0 /></span></td><td><div class="inlinedisplayname">Kim ODonnel:&nbsp;</div><span id="txt46803000" >As someone in the throes of recipe testing for my cookbook, you're preaching to the choir, Roberta! </span></td></tr></table><div class="bottomnametime"><span class="bottomdate">Thursday December  3, 2009&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomtime">10:48&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomdisplayname">Kim ODonnel</span></div></td></tr></table></div>
<div id="row46803008" class="chatmsg readercomment "  ><table  style="width: 100%;" ><tr valign="top"><td class="chatmsgtime" nowrap><div class="itemtime">10:48</div> </td><td class="chatmsgtext viewertext "><table><tr valign=top><td><span class="readeravatar readerdefaultavatar"><img src="http://cdn.cloudfiles.mosso.com/c71692/templates/coveritlive/images/spacer.gif" width=48 height=48 align=left style="margin-right: 5px;" border=0 /></span></td><td><div class="inlinecommentname"><span class="commentbracket">[</span><span class="commentfrom">Comment From Linear Girl </span><span class="nocommentfrom">Linear Girl :&nbsp;</span><span class="commentbracket">]</span>&nbsp;</div><span id="txt46803008" >Thanks for sharing the flourless PB cookies.  Also GF and therefore great to bring for the holidays.  And yes, I love the Solstice, too.  It makes me feel in touch with the universe. </span></td></tr></table><div class="bottomnametime"><span class="bottomdate">Thursday December  3, 2009&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomtime">10:48&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomdisplayname">Linear Girl </span></div></td></tr></table></div>
<div id="row46803112" class="chatmsg writercomment"  ><table  style="width: 100%;" ><tr valign="top"><td class="chatmsgtime" nowrap><div class="itemtime">10:50</div> </td><td class="chatmsgtext altcastertext "><table><tr valign=top><td><span class="writeroverrideavatar"><img src="http://cdn.cloudfiles.mosso.com/c71692/templates/coveritlive/images/spacer.gif" width=48 height=48 align=left style="margin-right: 5px;" border=0 /></span></td><td><div class="inlinedisplayname">Kim ODonnel:&nbsp;</div><span id="txt46803112" >It may be the darkest day of the year, but it also means that lighter days are ahead. I love the yin-yang of it all. We'll have to cobble up some solstice fete-ing ideas in time... </span></td></tr></table><div class="bottomnametime"><span class="bottomdate">Thursday December  3, 2009&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomtime">10:50&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomdisplayname">Kim ODonnel</span></div></td></tr></table></div>
<div id="row46803118" class="chatmsg readercomment "  ><table  style="width: 100%;" ><tr valign="top"><td class="chatmsgtime" nowrap><div class="itemtime">10:50</div> </td><td class="chatmsgtext viewertext "><table><tr valign=top><td><span class="readeravatar readerdefaultavatar"><img src="http://cdn.cloudfiles.mosso.com/c71692/templates/coveritlive/images/spacer.gif" width=48 height=48 align=left style="margin-right: 5px;" border=0 /></span></td><td><div class="inlinecommentname"><span class="commentbracket">[</span><span class="commentfrom">Comment From GirlScoutMom </span><span class="nocommentfrom">GirlScoutMom :&nbsp;</span><span class="commentbracket">]</span>&nbsp;</div><span id="txt46803118" >Absolutely! What if you loved those new cookies and couldn't eat them again until next year!  Or my kids weren't going to be in your class again.:-D </span></td></tr></table><div class="bottomnametime"><span class="bottomdate">Thursday December  3, 2009&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomtime">10:50&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomdisplayname">GirlScoutMom </span></div></td></tr></table></div>
<div id="row46803192" class="chatmsg writercomment"  ><table  style="width: 100%;" ><tr valign="top"><td class="chatmsgtime" nowrap><div class="itemtime">10:51</div> </td><td class="chatmsgtext altcastertext "><table><tr valign=top><td><span class="writeroverrideavatar"><img src="http://cdn.cloudfiles.mosso.com/c71692/templates/coveritlive/images/spacer.gif" width=48 height=48 align=left style="margin-right: 5px;" border=0 /></span></td><td><div class="inlinedisplayname">Kim ODonnel:&nbsp;</div><span id="txt46803192" >As we near the end of 2009, what have you learned this year? Any new kitchen tricks or insights? A new way to do something? A new gadget or tool that's changed your life? </span></td></tr></table><div class="bottomnametime"><span class="bottomdate">Thursday December  3, 2009&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomtime">10:51&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomdisplayname">Kim ODonnel</span></div></td></tr></table></div>
<div id="row46803204" class="chatmsg readercomment "  ><table  style="width: 100%;" ><tr valign="top"><td class="chatmsgtime" nowrap><div class="itemtime">10:51</div> </td><td class="chatmsgtext viewertext "><table><tr valign=top><td><span class="readeravatar readerdefaultavatar"><img src="http://cdn.cloudfiles.mosso.com/c71692/templates/coveritlive/images/spacer.gif" width=48 height=48 align=left style="margin-right: 5px;" border=0 /></span></td><td><div class="inlinecommentname"><span class="commentbracket">[</span><span class="commentfrom">Comment From Linear Girl </span><span class="nocommentfrom">Linear Girl :&nbsp;</span><span class="commentbracket">]</span>&nbsp;</div><span id="txt46803204" >I'm pretty sure solstice lends itself to the drinks and snacks chat, but maybe that's just me. </span></td></tr></table><div class="bottomnametime"><span class="bottomdate">Thursday December  3, 2009&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomtime">10:51&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomdisplayname">Linear Girl </span></div></td></tr></table></div>
<div id="row46803212" class="chatmsg writercomment"  ><table  style="width: 100%;" ><tr valign="top"><td class="chatmsgtime" nowrap><div class="itemtime">10:51</div> </td><td class="chatmsgtext altcastertext "><table><tr valign=top><td><span class="writeroverrideavatar"><img src="http://cdn.cloudfiles.mosso.com/c71692/templates/coveritlive/images/spacer.gif" width=48 height=48 align=left style="margin-right: 5px;" border=0 /></span></td><td><div class="inlinedisplayname">Kim ODonnel:&nbsp;</div><span id="txt46803212" >Yes indeed, Linear! </span></td></tr></table><div class="bottomnametime"><span class="bottomdate">Thursday December  3, 2009&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomtime">10:51&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomdisplayname">Kim ODonnel</span></div></td></tr></table></div>
<div id="row46803250" class="chatmsg readercomment "  ><table  style="width: 100%;" ><tr valign="top"><td class="chatmsgtime" nowrap><div class="itemtime">10:52</div> </td><td class="chatmsgtext viewertext "><table><tr valign=top><td><span class="readeravatar readerdefaultavatar"><img src="http://cdn.cloudfiles.mosso.com/c71692/templates/coveritlive/images/spacer.gif" width=48 height=48 align=left style="margin-right: 5px;" border=0 /></span></td><td><div class="inlinecommentname"><span class="commentbracket">[</span><span class="commentfrom">Comment From redweather </span><span class="nocommentfrom">redweather :&nbsp;</span><span class="commentbracket">]</span>&nbsp;</div><span id="txt46803250" >i learned to disable my apartment's smoke detector BEFORE i start cooking. </span></td></tr></table><div class="bottomnametime"><span class="bottomdate">Thursday December  3, 2009&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomtime">10:52&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomdisplayname">redweather </span></div></td></tr></table></div>
<div id="row46803278" class="chatmsg writercomment"  ><table  style="width: 100%;" ><tr valign="top"><td class="chatmsgtime" nowrap><div class="itemtime">10:52</div> </td><td class="chatmsgtext altcastertext "><table><tr valign=top><td><span class="writeroverrideavatar"><img src="http://cdn.cloudfiles.mosso.com/c71692/templates/coveritlive/images/spacer.gif" width=48 height=48 align=left style="margin-right: 5px;" border=0 /></span></td><td><div class="inlinedisplayname">Kim ODonnel:&nbsp;</div><span id="txt46803278" >I've learned how I need to be more consistent about my diet to stay healthy... </span></td></tr></table><div class="bottomnametime"><span class="bottomdate">Thursday December  3, 2009&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomtime">10:52&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomdisplayname">Kim ODonnel</span></div></td></tr></table></div>
<div id="row46803288" class="chatmsg readercomment "  ><table  style="width: 100%;" ><tr valign="top"><td class="chatmsgtime" nowrap><div class="itemtime">10:52</div> </td><td class="chatmsgtext viewertext "><table><tr valign=top><td><span class="readeravatar readerdefaultavatar"><img src="http://cdn.cloudfiles.mosso.com/c71692/templates/coveritlive/images/spacer.gif" width=48 height=48 align=left style="margin-right: 5px;" border=0 /></span></td><td><div class="inlinecommentname"><span class="commentbracket">[</span><span class="commentfrom">Comment From Erin </span><span class="nocommentfrom">Erin :&nbsp;</span><span class="commentbracket">]</span>&nbsp;</div><span id="txt46803288" >redweather wins. </span></td></tr></table><div class="bottomnametime"><span class="bottomdate">Thursday December  3, 2009&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomtime">10:52&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomdisplayname">Erin </span></div></td></tr></table></div>
<div id="row46803298" class="chatmsg readercomment "  ><table  style="width: 100%;" ><tr valign="top"><td class="chatmsgtime" nowrap><div class="itemtime">10:52</div> </td><td class="chatmsgtext viewertext "><table><tr valign=top><td><span class="readeravatar readerdefaultavatar"><img src="http://cdn.cloudfiles.mosso.com/c71692/templates/coveritlive/images/spacer.gif" width=48 height=48 align=left style="margin-right: 5px;" border=0 /></span></td><td><div class="inlinecommentname"><span class="commentbracket">[</span><span class="commentfrom">Comment From maukgirl </span><span class="nocommentfrom">maukgirl :&nbsp;</span><span class="commentbracket">]</span>&nbsp;</div><span id="txt46803298" >we started buying meat from a local farm, and now even when we need more than our monthly share we go to a market or WF/local butcher as a last resort. We've made huge changes in the types of food we eat this year </span></td></tr></table><div class="bottomnametime"><span class="bottomdate">Thursday December  3, 2009&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomtime">10:52&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomdisplayname">maukgirl </span></div></td></tr></table></div>
<div id="row46803323" class="chatmsg writercomment"  ><table  style="width: 100%;" ><tr valign="top"><td class="chatmsgtime" nowrap><div class="itemtime">10:52</div> </td><td class="chatmsgtext altcastertext "><table><tr valign=top><td><span class="writeroverrideavatar"><img src="http://cdn.cloudfiles.mosso.com/c71692/templates/coveritlive/images/spacer.gif" width=48 height=48 align=left style="margin-right: 5px;" border=0 /></span></td><td><div class="inlinedisplayname">Kim C.:&nbsp;</div><span id="txt46803323" ><p>I learned that recipes are only half the story; the rest comes in practice, practice, and more practice.</p> </span></td></tr></table><div class="bottomnametime"><span class="bottomdate">Thursday December  3, 2009&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomtime">10:52&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomdisplayname">Kim C.</span></div></td></tr></table></div>
<div id="row46803327" class="chatmsg writercomment"  ><table  style="width: 100%;" ><tr valign="top"><td class="chatmsgtime" nowrap><div class="itemtime">10:52</div> </td><td class="chatmsgtext altcastertext "><table><tr valign=top><td><span class="writeroverrideavatar"><img src="http://cdn.cloudfiles.mosso.com/c71692/templates/coveritlive/images/spacer.gif" width=48 height=48 align=left style="margin-right: 5px;" border=0 /></span></td><td><div class="inlinedisplayname">Kim ODonnel:&nbsp;</div><span id="txt46803327" >Maukgirl, where do you live? </span></td></tr></table><div class="bottomnametime"><span class="bottomdate">Thursday December  3, 2009&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomtime">10:52&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomdisplayname">Kim ODonnel</span></div></td></tr></table></div>
<div id="row46803372" class="chatmsg writercomment"  ><table  style="width: 100%;" ><tr valign="top"><td class="chatmsgtime" nowrap><div class="itemtime">10:53</div> </td><td class="chatmsgtext altcastertext "><table><tr valign=top><td><span class="writeroverrideavatar"><img src="http://cdn.cloudfiles.mosso.com/c71692/templates/coveritlive/images/spacer.gif" width=48 height=48 align=left style="margin-right: 5px;" border=0 /></span></td><td><div class="inlinedisplayname">Kim ODonnel:&nbsp;</div><span id="txt46803372" >I've also learned how much I love and appreciate smoked paprika. </span></td></tr></table><div class="bottomnametime"><span class="bottomdate">Thursday December  3, 2009&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomtime">10:53&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomdisplayname">Kim ODonnel</span></div></td></tr></table></div>
<div id="row46803380" class="chatmsg readercomment "  ><table  style="width: 100%;" ><tr valign="top"><td class="chatmsgtime" nowrap><div class="itemtime">10:53</div> </td><td class="chatmsgtext viewertext "><table><tr valign=top><td><span class="readeravatar readerdefaultavatar"><img src="http://cdn.cloudfiles.mosso.com/c71692/templates/coveritlive/images/spacer.gif" width=48 height=48 align=left style="margin-right: 5px;" border=0 /></span></td><td><div class="inlinecommentname"><span class="commentbracket">[</span><span class="commentfrom">Comment From redweather </span><span class="nocommentfrom">redweather :&nbsp;</span><span class="commentbracket">]</span>&nbsp;</div><span id="txt46803380" >haha.....   i'm also working hard to eat through my groceries and let less go to waste, but i still have a long way to go in that attempt </span></td></tr></table><div class="bottomnametime"><span class="bottomdate">Thursday December  3, 2009&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomtime">10:53&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomdisplayname">redweather </span></div></td></tr></table></div>
<div id="row46803388" class="chatmsg readercomment "  ><table  style="width: 100%;" ><tr valign="top"><td class="chatmsgtime" nowrap><div class="itemtime">10:53</div> </td><td class="chatmsgtext viewertext "><table><tr valign=top><td><span class="readeravatar readerdefaultavatar"><img src="http://cdn.cloudfiles.mosso.com/c71692/templates/coveritlive/images/spacer.gif" width=48 height=48 align=left style="margin-right: 5px;" border=0 /></span></td><td><div class="inlinecommentname"><span class="commentbracket">[</span><span class="commentfrom">Comment From Fran </span><span class="nocommentfrom">Fran :&nbsp;</span><span class="commentbracket">]</span>&nbsp;</div><span id="txt46803388" >If anyone has Maida Heatter's Book of Great Cookies, Fruitcake Icebox Cookies are a real sleeper. They're a butter cookie with glacee fruit (or use high quality dried fruit) and pecans. People love these partly because they turn out so pretty. The fruit looks like stained glass. </span></td></tr></table><div class="bottomnametime"><span class="bottomdate">Thursday December  3, 2009&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomtime">10:53&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomdisplayname">Fran </span></div></td></tr></table></div>
<div id="row46803407" class="chatmsg readercomment "  ><table  style="width: 100%;" ><tr valign="top"><td class="chatmsgtime" nowrap><div class="itemtime">10:54</div> </td><td class="chatmsgtext viewertext "><table><tr valign=top><td><span class="readeravatar readerdefaultavatar"><img src="http://cdn.cloudfiles.mosso.com/c71692/templates/coveritlive/images/spacer.gif" width=48 height=48 align=left style="margin-right: 5px;" border=0 /></span></td><td><div class="inlinecommentname"><span class="commentbracket">[</span><span class="commentfrom">Comment From Roberta </span><span class="nocommentfrom">Roberta :&nbsp;</span><span class="commentbracket">]</span>&nbsp;</div><span id="txt46803407" >I bought one of those peelers that juliennes.  I julienne everything now!  It really makes salads prettier and more fun to eat. </span></td></tr></table><div class="bottomnametime"><span class="bottomdate">Thursday December  3, 2009&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomtime">10:54&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomdisplayname">Roberta </span></div></td></tr></table></div>
<div id="row46803415" class="chatmsg readercomment "  ><table  style="width: 100%;" ><tr valign="top"><td class="chatmsgtime" nowrap><div class="itemtime">10:54</div> </td><td class="chatmsgtext viewertext "><table><tr valign=top><td><span class="readeravatar readerdefaultavatar"><img src="http://cdn.cloudfiles.mosso.com/c71692/templates/coveritlive/images/spacer.gif" width=48 height=48 align=left style="margin-right: 5px;" border=0 /></span></td><td><div class="inlinecommentname"><span class="commentbracket">[</span><span class="commentfrom">Comment From Linear Girl </span><span class="nocommentfrom">Linear Girl :&nbsp;</span><span class="commentbracket">]</span>&nbsp;</div><span id="txt46803415" >I've learned that if the kids get to assemble the food at the table you can get them to eat almost anything. </span></td></tr></table><div class="bottomnametime"><span class="bottomdate">Thursday December  3, 2009&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomtime">10:54&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomdisplayname">Linear Girl </span></div></td></tr></table></div>
<div id="row46803427" class="chatmsg writercomment"  ><table  style="width: 100%;" ><tr valign="top"><td class="chatmsgtime" nowrap><div class="itemtime">10:54</div> </td><td class="chatmsgtext altcastertext "><table><tr valign=top><td><span class="writeroverrideavatar"><img src="http://cdn.cloudfiles.mosso.com/c71692/templates/coveritlive/images/spacer.gif" width=48 height=48 align=left style="margin-right: 5px;" border=0 /></span></td><td><div class="inlinedisplayname">Kim ODonnel:&nbsp;</div><span id="txt46803427" >Right -- and no need to dumb down the food! </span></td></tr></table><div class="bottomnametime"><span class="bottomdate">Thursday December  3, 2009&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomtime">10:54&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomdisplayname">Kim ODonnel</span></div></td></tr></table></div>
<div id="row46803451" class="chatmsg readercomment "  ><table  style="width: 100%;" ><tr valign="top"><td class="chatmsgtime" nowrap><div class="itemtime">10:54</div> </td><td class="chatmsgtext viewertext "><table><tr valign=top><td><span class="readeravatar readerdefaultavatar"><img src="http://cdn.cloudfiles.mosso.com/c71692/templates/coveritlive/images/spacer.gif" width=48 height=48 align=left style="margin-right: 5px;" border=0 /></span></td><td><div class="inlinecommentname"><span class="commentbracket">[</span><span class="commentfrom">Comment From Erin </span><span class="nocommentfrom">Erin :&nbsp;</span><span class="commentbracket">]</span>&nbsp;</div><span id="txt46803451" >I love my market. Getting to know the farmers in 2008 made 2009 so much more fun! </span></td></tr></table><div class="bottomnametime"><span class="bottomdate">Thursday December  3, 2009&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomtime">10:54&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomdisplayname">Erin </span></div></td></tr></table></div>
<div id="row46803458" class="chatmsg readercomment "  ><table  style="width: 100%;" ><tr valign="top"><td class="chatmsgtime" nowrap><div class="itemtime">10:54</div> </td><td class="chatmsgtext viewertext "><table><tr valign=top><td><span class="readeravatar readerdefaultavatar"><img src="http://cdn.cloudfiles.mosso.com/c71692/templates/coveritlive/images/spacer.gif" width=48 height=48 align=left style="margin-right: 5px;" border=0 /></span></td><td><div class="inlinecommentname"><span class="commentbracket">[</span><span class="commentfrom">Comment From Roberta </span><span class="nocommentfrom">Roberta :&nbsp;</span><span class="commentbracket">]</span>&nbsp;</div><span id="txt46803458" >Yes, preventing food going to waste is something we need to work on here too.  I just read that something like 40% of the food we produce goes to waste. </span></td></tr></table><div class="bottomnametime"><span class="bottomdate">Thursday December  3, 2009&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomtime">10:54&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomdisplayname">Roberta </span></div></td></tr></table></div>
<div id="row46803499" class="chatmsg writercomment"  ><table  style="width: 100%;" ><tr valign="top"><td class="chatmsgtime" nowrap><div class="itemtime">10:55</div> </td><td class="chatmsgtext altcastertext "><table><tr valign=top><td><span class="writeroverrideavatar"><img src="http://cdn.cloudfiles.mosso.com/c71692/templates/coveritlive/images/spacer.gif" width=48 height=48 align=left style="margin-right: 5px;" border=0 /></span></td><td><div class="inlinedisplayname">Kim ODonnel:&nbsp;</div><span id="txt46803499" >Maybe some of you will join me in an Eating Down the Fridge Challenge in January? I'm doing these week-long adventures every quarter. </span></td></tr></table><div class="bottomnametime"><span class="bottomdate">Thursday December  3, 2009&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomtime">10:55&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomdisplayname">Kim ODonnel</span></div></td></tr></table></div>
<div id="row46803547" class="chatmsg readercomment "  ><table  style="width: 100%;" ><tr valign="top"><td class="chatmsgtime" nowrap><div class="itemtime">10:55</div> </td><td class="chatmsgtext viewertext "><table><tr valign=top><td><span class="readeravatar readerdefaultavatar"><img src="http://cdn.cloudfiles.mosso.com/c71692/templates/coveritlive/images/spacer.gif" width=48 height=48 align=left style="margin-right: 5px;" border=0 /></span></td><td><div class="inlinecommentname"><span class="commentbracket">[</span><span class="commentfrom">Comment From maukgirl </span><span class="nocommentfrom">maukgirl :&nbsp;</span><span class="commentbracket">]</span>&nbsp;</div><span id="txt46803547" >We live in Chicago. I've met a lot of lovely farmers. I also am working on my MBA and got a chance to take a class focusing on Sustainable Values which was great </span></td></tr></table><div class="bottomnametime"><span class="bottomdate">Thursday December  3, 2009&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomtime">10:55&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomdisplayname">maukgirl </span></div></td></tr></table></div>
<div id="row46803589" class="chatmsg readercomment "  ><table  style="width: 100%;" ><tr valign="top"><td class="chatmsgtime" nowrap><div class="itemtime">10:56</div> </td><td class="chatmsgtext viewertext "><table><tr valign=top><td><span class="readeravatar readerdefaultavatar"><img src="http://cdn.cloudfiles.mosso.com/c71692/templates/coveritlive/images/spacer.gif" width=48 height=48 align=left style="margin-right: 5px;" border=0 /></span></td><td><div class="inlinecommentname"><span class="commentbracket">[</span><span class="commentfrom">Comment From redweather </span><span class="nocommentfrom">redweather :&nbsp;</span><span class="commentbracket">]</span>&nbsp;</div><span id="txt46803589" >my boyfriend tested for allergies to spinach, flax seed, sesame, yeast, and various other staples in my pantry, and i went vegetarian last november, so i've had to learn a lot of new recipies and substitutions, and to embrace experimentation.  not my strong suit. </span></td></tr></table><div class="bottomnametime"><span class="bottomdate">Thursday December  3, 2009&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomtime">10:56&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomdisplayname">redweather </span></div></td></tr></table></div>
<div id="row46803627" class="chatmsg writercomment"  ><table  style="width: 100%;" ><tr valign="top"><td class="chatmsgtime" nowrap><div class="itemtime">10:56</div> </td><td class="chatmsgtext altcastertext "><table><tr valign=top><td><span class="writeroverrideavatar"><img src="http://cdn.cloudfiles.mosso.com/c71692/templates/coveritlive/images/spacer.gif" width=48 height=48 align=left style="margin-right: 5px;" border=0 /></span></td><td><div class="inlinedisplayname">Kim ODonnel:&nbsp;</div><span id="txt46803627" >Wow, big year for you, redweather.   I've learned that I really only crave meat about 1x/ week. </span></td></tr></table><div class="bottomnametime"><span class="bottomdate">Thursday December  3, 2009&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomtime">10:56&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomdisplayname">Kim ODonnel</span></div></td></tr></table></div>
<div id="row46803640" class="chatmsg readercomment "  ><table  style="width: 100%;" ><tr valign="top"><td class="chatmsgtime" nowrap><div class="itemtime">10:56</div> </td><td class="chatmsgtext viewertext "><table><tr valign=top><td><span class="readeravatar readerdefaultavatar"><img src="http://cdn.cloudfiles.mosso.com/c71692/templates/coveritlive/images/spacer.gif" width=48 height=48 align=left style="margin-right: 5px;" border=0 /></span></td><td><div class="inlinecommentname"><span class="commentbracket">[</span><span class="commentfrom">Comment From redweather </span><span class="nocommentfrom">redweather :&nbsp;</span><span class="commentbracket">]</span>&nbsp;</div><span id="txt46803640" >Roberta- exactly!   i read something similar, so i am trying to keep the waste at bay, and what i don't eat goes to my worm bin! </span></td></tr></table><div class="bottomnametime"><span class="bottomdate">Thursday December  3, 2009&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomtime">10:56&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomdisplayname">redweather </span></div></td></tr></table></div>
<div id="row46803649" class="chatmsg readercomment "  ><table  style="width: 100%;" ><tr valign="top"><td class="chatmsgtime" nowrap><div class="itemtime">10:57</div> </td><td class="chatmsgtext viewertext "><table><tr valign=top><td><span class="readeravatar readerdefaultavatar"><img src="http://cdn.cloudfiles.mosso.com/c71692/templates/coveritlive/images/spacer.gif" width=48 height=48 align=left style="margin-right: 5px;" border=0 /></span></td><td><div class="inlinecommentname"><span class="commentbracket">[</span><span class="commentfrom">Comment From GirlScoutMom </span><span class="nocommentfrom">GirlScoutMom :&nbsp;</span><span class="commentbracket">]</span>&nbsp;</div><span id="txt46803649" >I've made more attempts to eat down the fridge & pantry. I used to live miles from stores and still tend to stockpile, even though the supermarket is only a mile away. I think I've cut the bills and we eat more interesting stuff. </span></td></tr></table><div class="bottomnametime"><span class="bottomdate">Thursday December  3, 2009&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomtime">10:57&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomdisplayname">GirlScoutMom </span></div></td></tr></table></div>
<div id="row46803678" class="chatmsg readercomment "  ><table  style="width: 100%;" ><tr valign="top"><td class="chatmsgtime" nowrap><div class="itemtime">10:57</div> </td><td class="chatmsgtext viewertext "><table><tr valign=top><td><span class="readeravatar readerdefaultavatar"><img src="http://cdn.cloudfiles.mosso.com/c71692/templates/coveritlive/images/spacer.gif" width=48 height=48 align=left style="margin-right: 5px;" border=0 /></span></td><td><div class="inlinecommentname"><span class="commentbracket">[</span><span class="commentfrom">Comment From Linear Girl </span><span class="nocommentfrom">Linear Girl :&nbsp;</span><span class="commentbracket">]</span>&nbsp;</div><span id="txt46803678" >I'm working on preventing waste, too.  The extra freezer helps there, but so does taking an existential approach to cooking.  Sort of the "What have I got, what can make without going to the store?" approach.  It's helped me use stuff that I might otherwise have wasted. </span></td></tr></table><div class="bottomnametime"><span class="bottomdate">Thursday December  3, 2009&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomtime">10:57&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomdisplayname">Linear Girl </span></div></td></tr></table></div>
<div id="row46803737" class="chatmsg readercomment "  ><table  style="width: 100%;" ><tr valign="top"><td class="chatmsgtime" nowrap><div class="itemtime">10:58</div> </td><td class="chatmsgtext viewertext "><table><tr valign=top><td><span class="readeravatar readerdefaultavatar"><img src="http://cdn.cloudfiles.mosso.com/c71692/templates/coveritlive/images/spacer.gif" width=48 height=48 align=left style="margin-right: 5px;" border=0 /></span></td><td><div class="inlinecommentname"><span class="commentbracket">[</span><span class="commentfrom">Comment From M </span><span class="nocommentfrom">M :&nbsp;</span><span class="commentbracket">]</span>&nbsp;</div><span id="txt46803737" >Kim, thanks to your posting at WaPo a few years ago, I am giving spiced nuts this year. A local store had 1# bags on sale, basically 2 for 1. They were salted, and your recipe calls for unsalted but I knew from a previous experiment that I could make it work. Put thenuts into a fine-mesh sieve, SHAKE, SHAKE, SHAKE to get rid of lots of salt (the sieve sort of gently abrades them) then a very light rinse before they go into the oven to roast. Then I cut the salt in the recipe by a smidge. They turned out great. Packing them in recycled jars (pickle, peanut butter, etc) decorated with Christmas fabric scraps that were on the "use or donate" stack. </span></td></tr></table><div class="bottomnametime"><span class="bottomdate">Thursday December  3, 2009&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomtime">10:58&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomdisplayname">M </span></div></td></tr></table></div>
<div id="row46803814" class="chatmsg writercomment"  ><table  style="width: 100%;" ><tr valign="top"><td class="chatmsgtime" nowrap><div class="itemtime">10:58</div> </td><td class="chatmsgtext altcastertext "><table><tr valign=top><td><span class="writeroverrideavatar"><img src="http://cdn.cloudfiles.mosso.com/c71692/templates/coveritlive/images/spacer.gif" width=48 height=48 align=left style="margin-right: 5px;" border=0 /></span></td><td><div class="inlinedisplayname">Kim ODonnel:&nbsp;</div><span id="txt46803814" >Cool!   That recipe from Union Square Cafe is quite the hit. And look how industrious you are. Way to go! </span></td></tr></table><div class="bottomnametime"><span class="bottomdate">Thursday December  3, 2009&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomtime">10:58&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomdisplayname">Kim ODonnel</span></div></td></tr></table></div>
<div id="row46803821" class="chatmsg readercomment "  ><table  style="width: 100%;" ><tr valign="top"><td class="chatmsgtime" nowrap><div class="itemtime">10:59</div> </td><td class="chatmsgtext viewertext "><table><tr valign=top><td><span class="readeravatar readerdefaultavatar"><img src="http://cdn.cloudfiles.mosso.com/c71692/templates/coveritlive/images/spacer.gif" width=48 height=48 align=left style="margin-right: 5px;" border=0 /></span></td><td><div class="inlinecommentname"><span class="commentbracket">[</span><span class="commentfrom">Comment From redweather </span><span class="nocommentfrom">redweather :&nbsp;</span><span class="commentbracket">]</span>&nbsp;</div><span id="txt46803821" >this chat has been a great place for me to learn an lean on others and enjoy the romance of food while i change my ways in the kitchen.  thanks so much! </span></td></tr></table><div class="bottomnametime"><span class="bottomdate">Thursday December  3, 2009&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomtime">10:59&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomdisplayname">redweather </span></div></td></tr></table></div>
<div id="row46803869" class="chatmsg writercomment"  ><table  style="width: 100%;" ><tr valign="top"><td class="chatmsgtime" nowrap><div class="itemtime">10:59</div> </td><td class="chatmsgtext altcastertext "><table><tr valign=top><td><span class="writeroverrideavatar"><img src="http://cdn.cloudfiles.mosso.com/c71692/templates/coveritlive/images/spacer.gif" width=48 height=48 align=left style="margin-right: 5px;" border=0 /></span></td><td><div class="inlinedisplayname">Kim ODonnel:&nbsp;</div><span id="txt46803869" >Yay! Thanks for the warm thoughts, redweather. </span></td></tr></table><div class="bottomnametime"><span class="bottomdate">Thursday December  3, 2009&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomtime">10:59&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomdisplayname">Kim ODonnel</span></div></td></tr></table></div>
<div id="row46803883" class="chatmsg readercomment "  ><table  style="width: 100%;" ><tr valign="top"><td class="chatmsgtime" nowrap><div class="itemtime">10:59</div> </td><td class="chatmsgtext viewertext "><table><tr valign=top><td><span class="readeravatar readerdefaultavatar"><img src="http://cdn.cloudfiles.mosso.com/c71692/templates/coveritlive/images/spacer.gif" width=48 height=48 align=left style="margin-right: 5px;" border=0 /></span></td><td><div class="inlinecommentname"><span class="commentbracket">[</span><span class="commentfrom">Comment From Erin </span><span class="nocommentfrom">Erin :&nbsp;</span><span class="commentbracket">]</span>&nbsp;</div><span id="txt46803883" >2010 is going to be the year of "I don't mind if you don't want to eat it, but I am not making anything else for dinner." That will help me plan meals and my grocery trips more efficiently! </span></td></tr></table><div class="bottomnametime"><span class="bottomdate">Thursday December  3, 2009&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomtime">10:59&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomdisplayname">Erin </span></div></td></tr></table></div>
<div id="row46803916" class="chatmsg writercomment"  ><table  style="width: 100%;" ><tr valign="top"><td class="chatmsgtime" nowrap><div class="itemtime">11:00</div> </td><td class="chatmsgtext altcastertext "><table><tr valign=top><td><span class="writeroverrideavatar"><img src="http://cdn.cloudfiles.mosso.com/c71692/templates/coveritlive/images/spacer.gif" width=48 height=48 align=left style="margin-right: 5px;" border=0 /></span></td><td><div class="inlinedisplayname">Kim ODonnel:&nbsp;</div><span id="txt46803916" >HA! Erin, great way to begin the year. How are the kids now? Anyone old enuf to help cook? </span></td></tr></table><div class="bottomnametime"><span class="bottomdate">Thursday December  3, 2009&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomtime">11:00&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomdisplayname">Kim ODonnel</span></div></td></tr></table></div>
<div id="row46803932" class="chatmsg readercomment "  ><table  style="width: 100%;" ><tr valign="top"><td class="chatmsgtime" nowrap><div class="itemtime">11:00</div> </td><td class="chatmsgtext viewertext "><table><tr valign=top><td><span class="readeravatar readerdefaultavatar"><img src="http://cdn.cloudfiles.mosso.com/c71692/templates/coveritlive/images/spacer.gif" width=48 height=48 align=left style="margin-right: 5px;" border=0 /></span></td><td><div class="inlinecommentname"><span class="commentbracket">[</span><span class="commentfrom">Comment From redweather </span><span class="nocommentfrom">redweather :&nbsp;</span><span class="commentbracket">]</span>&nbsp;</div><span id="txt46803932" >yes Linear Girl - "what do we have in the fridge?" has become my answer to "what do you want for dinner?"   my answer used to be "PASTA!" </span></td></tr></table><div class="bottomnametime"><span class="bottomdate">Thursday December  3, 2009&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomtime">11:00&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomdisplayname">redweather </span></div></td></tr></table></div>
<div id="row46804020" class="chatmsg readercomment "  ><table  style="width: 100%;" ><tr valign="top"><td class="chatmsgtime" nowrap><div class="itemtime">11:01</div> </td><td class="chatmsgtext viewertext "><table><tr valign=top><td><span class="readeravatar readerdefaultavatar"><img src="http://cdn.cloudfiles.mosso.com/c71692/templates/coveritlive/images/spacer.gif" width=48 height=48 align=left style="margin-right: 5px;" border=0 /></span></td><td><div class="inlinecommentname"><span class="commentbracket">[</span><span class="commentfrom">Comment From Linear Girl </span><span class="nocommentfrom">Linear Girl :&nbsp;</span><span class="commentbracket">]</span>&nbsp;</div><span id="txt46804020" >Yes, just chatting with others here helps keep me motivated to cook when I feel like ordering pizza.  Of course, I've been making a lot of pizzas at home . . . </span></td></tr></table><div class="bottomnametime"><span class="bottomdate">Thursday December  3, 2009&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomtime">11:01&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomdisplayname">Linear Girl </span></div></td></tr></table></div>
<div id="row46804046" class="chatmsg readercomment "  ><table  style="width: 100%;" ><tr valign="top"><td class="chatmsgtime" nowrap><div class="itemtime">11:01</div> </td><td class="chatmsgtext viewertext "><table><tr valign=top><td><span class="readeravatar readerdefaultavatar"><img src="http://cdn.cloudfiles.mosso.com/c71692/templates/coveritlive/images/spacer.gif" width=48 height=48 align=left style="margin-right: 5px;" border=0 /></span></td><td><div class="inlinecommentname"><span class="commentbracket">[</span><span class="commentfrom">Comment From Erin </span><span class="nocommentfrom">Erin :&nbsp;</span><span class="commentbracket">]</span>&nbsp;</div><span id="txt46804046" >Two of the kids are old enough to help bake... we will be making a bunch of sugar cookies this month, and I can't wait to get started on that! They also like to rip/tear so... salads! kale! woohoo! </span></td></tr></table><div class="bottomnametime"><span class="bottomdate">Thursday December  3, 2009&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomtime">11:01&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomdisplayname">Erin </span></div></td></tr></table></div>
<div id="row46804145" class="chatmsg writercomment"  ><table  style="width: 100%;" ><tr valign="top"><td class="chatmsgtime" nowrap><div class="itemtime">11:02</div> </td><td class="chatmsgtext altcaster_text "><table><tr valign=top><td><span class="writeroverrideavatar"><img src="http://cdn.cloudfiles.mosso.com/c71692/templates/coveritlive/images/spacer.gif" width=48 height=48 align=left style="margin-right: 5px;" border=0 /></span></td><td><div class="inlinedisplayname">Kim ODonnel:&nbsp;</div><span id="txt46804145" >Baby steps, Erin. Sounds like progress to me. And We're out of time! Thanks again for a scrumptious conversation. Let's meet again this time next week, shall we? I think we're set to talk snacks, apps & drinks for the holidays.   We'll keep you posted. Meanwhile, take good care & remember to breathe! all best. </span></td></tr></table><div class="bottomnametime"><span class="bottomdate">Thursday December  3, 2009&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomtime">11:02&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomdisplayname">Kim ODonnel</span></div></td></tr></table></div>

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