When I was growing up every Christmas my family would fly to see my Grandparents in Florida. After assurances from my parents that Santa Claus would be able to find us, even though my sister and I weren't at home, we would pack up our shorts and bathing suits and head to my Grandparent's neighborhood where everyone was, well, old. Grandpa and Grandma always had activities planned like sailing, orange picking, Busch Gardens and manatee watching. But, like most memories, it's the food I remember. I grew up in a Korean-American household so sweets often meant a plate of fruit, but Grandma's kitchen was uber-American, complete with recipe box, ice cream in the freezer, and a cookie jar on the counter.
Arriving around Christmas time meant all the ladies in the neighborhood exchanged all sorts of cookies - you know, the kind that have been passed down for generations. After dinner, when everyone would go to watch Jeopardy, I would sneak to the kitchen and gobble up cookies, trying my darndest not to eat all of the very best ones in efforts to hide the fact that I had been gorging on cookies. The love for the holiday cookie plate did not end after trips to Florida stopped. Every Christmas since high school, the girls gather and bake holiday cookies all day long. Dads (and now husbands) are shooed out of the kitchen, and we gossip all day long and have a giant plate of all sorts of cookies to take home when the day is over.
So for the International Holiday Cookie Recipe Exchange...
A few weeks ago, Lori from Fake Food Free and I thought we should get our food blogging friends involved in a cookie recipe exchange. That way, come holiday time, everyone would have a great library of recipes to choose from. We'd love to get as many people involved and the exchange is simple. Either comment on this blog, or Lori's blog at Fake Food Free and let us know you are interested in participating by November 5th. Be sure to leave a valid email address when you sign in to comment.
Soon after the 5th of November we will let you know who you should send your recipe to. Each participant will create an original or an adapted, attributed-to recipe and send it to the blogger we've randomly selected for you via email by November 15th.
Once you receive a recipe we ask that you post on the recipe by December 15th. Lori and I will do a roundup of all the recipes so you know where and how all the cookies turned out.
We are aware that a few of you have dietary restrictions or allergies. When you receive a recipe you may alter it to fit your dietary needs, but please post the original as well. If you have any trouble altering a recipe feel free to contact either me at gastroanthropology AT yahoo DOT com or Lori AT fakefoodfree DOT com for advice or suggestions. The only guideline is that the recipe should be something you'd find on a holiday cookie plate, so anything from rugelach to fudge squares to gingerbread men.
So the dates again are:
Let us know you want to participate by November 5th
Send your recipe to your matched blog by November 15th
Post the recipe you receive by December 15th
HAPPY HOLIDAY COOKIE BAKING!