☂The 2016 Unpresidented Xmas Edition


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Seasons greetings!
Yep, 2017 is riiiiiight around the corner and won’t it be grand!
The inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump looms, and bills for our collective Christmas overindulgences will invariably appear soon thereafter in our mailboxes. Looking on the brighter side (depending upon whether you’re a well-heeled Republican who didn’t mind holding your nose when you went to the polls back in November or a deflated Democrat who might still be licking your post-election wounds), the following totally NON-POLITICAL coverage is WM’s best attempt to help readers navigate these topsy-turvy times.
photo by Facebook/Reddiwip
EATER reports that canned whipped cream is in short supply this season. Yikes!  What’s a home cook to do when it comes to ready-to-use dessert toppings?  Go to   http://www.eater.com/2016/12/13/13937958/whipped-cream-shortage-nitrous-oxide  for everything you need to know about making your own. (WM recommends you do this anyway, just sayin’)…
Need some reading recommendations to help get you through the season (and beyond)?  Go to:  http://www.curbed.com/2016/11/23/13719250/best-city-books-black-friday-cyber-monday to find 101 books about where and how we live.
Speaking of good reads, wanna up your cooking game?  For inspiration, check out the Washington Post‘s recently published list of the 31 best cookbooks of 2016:   https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/food/the-31-best-cookbooks-of-2016/2016/11/28/7290c604-add3-11e6-977a-1030f822fc35_story.html?utm_term=.d3a4ae92b41f  Unless you’ve got  w-a-y  too much time on your hands and are hell-bent on building your culinary library, what WM–a professional cook in her own right–appreciated most about Bonnie S. Benwick’s “best” selections were Ms. Benwick’s narrowed down recommended recipes to try from each book including, but by no means not limited to: Dill bread, no knead focaccia (from Breaking Breads, A New World of Israeli Baking; Curry onion tart (from The Cardamom Trail, Chetna [Makan] Bakes with Flavors of the East; and (this is timely) Meatballs in sour cherry sauce from The Aleppo Cookbook: Celebrating the Legendary Cuisine of Syria.  Sigh…
Give them, or other recipe suggestions, a whirl and let me know which ones fulfilled or exceeded(!) your expectations.
Thanks and best wishes for a happy New Year,
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