A quick look at the weather forecast the next week shows the usual mix of winter fare — some snow, a little sun, lots of clouds and warmish temperatures in the 30s. That’s January for you.
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The farmers markets of summer get all the glory, but pound for pound, the winter markets have more guts. These off-season centers of homegrown commerce, which run from about Halloween through Easter, are like the distilled essence of their summer counterparts, smaller but more potent. Cuter — with more hot cocoa on tap.
Christmas will soon be here and the countdown has begun for all the final preparations. What will be served for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day may have been decided several weeks ago. Perhaps you have some family food traditions that are always followed, such as oyster stew for Christmas Eve or prime rib for Christmas dinner. Traditions help tie families together and preserve their heritage.
Historians believe the first New Year's resolutions were to pay debts and return borrowed objects. These days, the most popular ones have been to eat better, exercise more, and ultimately, lose weight. Alas, New Year’s Day is a poor time to make these promises.
I have the most wonderful memories of Thanksgiving — large family gatherings in Central Montana either anchored around the dining room table of my mother’s Italian (Sciuchetti) side of the family in Lewistown, or seated with the Donaldson clan around my Grandma Eleanor’s sprawling farmhouse table in Denton. Either way, it was a cacophonous experience.
It took me the longest time to warm up to winter squash. I can’t put my finger on why I was so resistant to it; but never mind, I am now a big fan.
It isn't true what they say about cooking radicchio.