In My Kitchen ~ December 2013

In my kitchen …

is the window to our backyard world. That world looks like a snow globe today with temperatures barely climbing out of single digits. The kitchen darkens as the skylights cover with snow.

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In my kitchen …

is more than 6 dozen Gluten-Free Ginger Cookies for a cookie exchange that had to be postponed due to the scenery in the window. No worries though, they will go into the freezer until it’s time to head to the party. As much as I love Russian Tea Cakes

and decorated Sugar Cookies, there is just something about a well spiced, molasses-kissed cookie that makes Christmas right. I am quite happy to find a gluten-free version to add to our holiday line-up.

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In my kitchen …

Is a Christmas cactus given to me by a dear friend 6 years ago during a difficult time of trauma recovery—each year its blooms remind me of the gift of life. Delicate beauty from a rugged, unassuming host. It reminds me to savor.

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In my kitchen …

is a trove of coffee brought home by our daughter over Thanksgiving break. Right after she came in the door she walked upstairs with this load of goodies gathered in her blanket like a Santa sack. She is diligent to collect her weekly allotment from work for us and we are happy to receive it.

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In my kitchen …

is a box of mini crab cakes they were sampling at Costco. I had my doubts, but they were surprisingly good. The ingredient list wasn’t stellar, as these types of things seem to always have soybean or canola oil, but I decided this one non-homemade item on my holiday party table would be okay. All there is to do now is to whip up a sumptuous sauce for dipping.

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In my kitchen …

is the first bunch of Clementines of the season. Ah, citrus is back, can I get an Amen?! It won’t be long before Meyer lemons show up too. I have a gluten-free lemon pound cake to perfect as soon as they arrive. 🙂

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In my kitchen …

is the last remnants of a loaf of sprouted wheat ciabatta I made from a recipe Mandy made from the No-Knead Crusty Artisan Bread recipe Georgia posted. I had just received a bag of sprouted Einkorn flour (an ancient wheat variety, sometimes referred to as ‘the original wheat’) and this was the perfect way to get started. I adore ciabatta, a.k.a. crusty artisan bread, with its large crumb and slight sour taste due to letting it rise almost 24 hours. Bread making can be tricky with sprouted wheat, but this recipe was as easy and the results superb. I wish I had a better photo, but on this particular day I was busy baking and only grabbed a quick shot with my phone.

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In my kitchen …

is a bag of Andes peppermint crunch baking chips. All I can really say is I had a weak moment in the baking aisle. Haven’t yet decided what Christmas treat to use them in … any suggestions???

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In my kitchen …

is my faithful friend, Silas. This dog can win any staring contest, especially when I’m in the kitchen. He patiently watches my every move and carefully listens for any hint of his reward for cleaning the floors when I leave my station.

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What’s happening in your kitchen this month?

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  1. says

    I’ve been watching tat weather travel across the country- and it is raining ice right now outside my kitchen window here in Ohio.
    I’d love to see your gluten-free recipe for gingerbread cookies. My niece is on a wheat free diet for health reasons.
    And the coffee made me smile- my son brings in boxes of coffee to share – I love when children help you with your addictions. :).
    Merry Christmas, Judy!
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    • says

      Merry Christmas to you, Heidi! Oh, sorry about the raining ice, that’s yucky to try to drive in. I haven’t got my adjusted recipe written as yet, but you can find the original here: I swapped out half the GF AP flour for almond flour and then added another 1/4 cup of almond flour (here at altitude we have to add more dry stuff or it spreads). When I made the original recipe, I didn’t like how gritty they were, the almond flour helps with that. I also added more of the spices to the sugar I rolled them in for added umph. I like spice-umph during the holidays. 🙂

  2. says

    Now I would so love to be in your kitchen with you admiring all of your goodies! Even that view out your window doesn’t bother me, it’s much the same here:D I love ginger cookies and haven’t thought of making a GF version. What an excellent idea, it isn’t Christmas without ginger cookies, is it? xx
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    • says

      Thanks Mandy, glad I could share a little snow with you. The snow is nice, it’s the freezing temps we are having right now I could do without ~ even Silas makes quick when he goes outside.

  3. says

    I always love the view from your back window! The Phillips brand of crab-related stuff is usually pretty good, so I’ll bet those mini crab cakes are delish. Fun post – thanks.
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    • says

      Thanks John, I’m glad you enjoy the view. You are right about Phillips, it is a quality brand we typically use for recipes which is so surprise that these taste so good.

    • says

      Hi Fiona, I’m glad you enjoyed my wintery tour … I am a little envious of your blazing sun, blue skies and bright green grass right now with the temp only 10°F right now.

  4. says

    Judy, every time I see your IMK post come up, I look forward to peeking out your kitchen window. It’s like we get to watch the seasons roll over in Colorado through your window. And it’s stunning at the moment – I hope your house is as warm and cosy as the outside is cold and wintry! Your Christmas cactus is beautiful and very meaningful. Beautiful bread, and what a great stash of coffee your daughter has brought home for you! All the very best to you and your family for a blessed and joyous Christmas! xx
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    • says

      Hi Celia, it is warm and cozy inside, we are grateful to have a wood stove when the temp dips this low. All the best to you too, may your Christmas season be full of love and peace.

    • says

      Hi Lisa, yes it is so odd to hear blogging friends on the other side of the globe talk of gardening — your gardens are gorgeous, BTW. Thanks, Silas quite the handsome friend. 😉

  5. says

    I had hoped ed you included a photo our your kitchen window, Judy. What a nice view to have! Some 10 years ago, a friend gave me a box of Phillips crab cakes, regular size, and like you I was pleasantly surprised. I served them as an appetizer course for Thanksgiving that year and they were very well-received. I’ve not seen them since but should have known Costco would have some. 🙂 Thanks for the look into your kitchen. I think Silas and my Max went to the same school. How they can sit and stare for so long is beyond me!
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  6. says

    Judy, thanks for sharing that GF Ginger Cookie recipe and also for your substitution tips. (My Grandma always made “Gingersnaps”and I’ve been missing that flavor.) I loved your subtle theme “in the key C”… Colorado, cookies, cactus, coffee, crab cakes, Clementines, ciabatta, chips, and a canine companion… to me, that spells Christmas! Have a merry one. 🙂
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  7. says

    Naww, how cute is Silas! My Trevor does exactly the same thing, except when I look over at him he starts wagging the very tip of his tail. No kitchen is complete without a faithful canine imho 😀
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  8. says

    Hi Judy,
    This view is looking so beautiful ! The assorted goodies are looking tempting. Thanks for sharing awesome posts! I enjoyed browsing through your other wonderful recipes. It was a real delight to see and learn so much from your each and every post. Hope to see more of your creative endeavors in the New Year.
    Have a wonderful Holiday Season and stay Warm !
    Thanks & Regards, Sonia

  9. says

    Silas is gorgeous. How does he cope with the snow? I love the view from your kitchen window. So very different to mine. And your clementines look very juicy. I’ve never seen peppermint chips like that – we have to smash our candy canes to get that result! Can’t wait to see how you use them xx
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  10. says

    Hi Judy, thanks for dropping by my blog and leaving a comment. Your backyards looks magical, like winter wonderland. I hope we have a white Christmas too. I make a Crinkle Kiss Cookie that would be perfect for your peppermint chips. Instead of adding the kisses part way through the baking, I would just fold them into the batter just like the chips in the same quantity. The cookie is very rich and chocolaty and the peppermint is a lovely flavour combo in it.
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