Cookies and wine for breakfast and dinner, two weeks running: That's reason enough to love the holidays right there. Add to that all the seldom-seen friends and fun new people and gifts, and well, the holidays are worth the 350 days of waiting.
All that Christmas partying, potluck and eating other people's food — every holiday brings some new food into my culinary life, whether a new recipe, an old favorite rediscovered or a dish in a restaurant with friends.
Cooked, rediscovered, tried: This year Open Thread baked a traditional Italian fig cookie that was new. It's very Fig Newton, but with an orange flavor to the filling. For holiday potlucks, a new fajita recipe used red and green bell peppers.
Rediscovered: cream cheese, olive, nut spread, the finger sandwich spread of the mid-century. At this holiday party, it was serving as a dip for Fritos. Sassy!
And tried: the hand-breaded fried okra and creamed spinach at Cool Cafe. It was just so good — tell me you'd had them.
Pull up a chair and some cocoa — what did you cook, try or rediscover this season?