Thursday, December 5, 2019

Fran's Anise Cookies


It's not officially the holidays in my house until you've enjoyed a homemade cookie with a hot cup of tea (preferably in front of a fireplace or a twinkle-lit tree). One of my favorites growing up was my grandma's anise cookies. Anise is similar in flavor to licorice or fennel even though these ingredients are all derived from different plants. I would say it's more subtle and on the floral side so if you're one of those licorice haters, don't count this cookie out just yet...

Sunday, December 1, 2019

Kickass Cran-Apple Sauce


I feel like cranberry sauce gets a bad rap. It's always the afterthought dish on your Thanksgiving table, carelessly plopped out on a plate, usually still left in its tin can form, occasionally picked at by your parents or grandparents. I was also one of those nonbelievers but ever since I made this recipe, it's become an absolute staple, a perfect sweet and tart accompaniment to a rich and savory dish.