Does anybody out there read Kinfolk magazine? I picked up my first copy for a 14-hour long flight. I was overwhelmed, and quite frankly, and almost embarrassed by the journal’s beauty.
Embarrassed is an odd emotion to use when describing reading a magazine, so let me explain — the issue I picked up was their winter quarterly. Almost all the articles discussed family holiday traditions, from spending days picking out pine trees during perfectly nippy mornings, or making brioche buns (filled with winter berries!) from scratch.
As the magazine described these complicated and elaborate seasonal rituals, I began to feel a bit embarrassed by my own paltry ceremony. I had no traditions of my own, unless you counted the awful 24-hour marathon plane hopping that I do every year just to go see my family in Manila. And even then, when I finally do arrive in the Philippines, I just plop upstairs in my old bedroom, turn up the air conditioning as far as it can go, and spend the rest of the week watching pirated movies that I bought for a dollar at the night market.
So it’s probably about time I changed that, right?
During my six hour layover, I spent some time scouring my blog for recipes that I think could become a holiday tradition. This list is made up of favorites and crowd pleasers like red velvet cupcakes and cream brulee cream puffs, as well as some seasonal and festive recipes like spicy gingerbread cake and caramel corn brittle. I’m sharing this list with you and hoping that, you’ll try and make one of these recipes a holiday favorite in your household. Which is what I’ll be doing this Christmas.
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