An Old-Fashioned Christmas: Sweet Traditions for Hearth and Home by Ellen Stimson
Hardcover: 288 pages
Publisher: Countryman Press; 1 edition (November 2, 2015)
With its trademark snow, piney forests, sleigh rides and woodsmoke curling out of village chimneys, New England was practically invented for the Christmas postcard. It’s got your Christmas goose and the maple syrup with which to glaze it. It’s most of the reason author Ellen Stimson made Vermont her home. Here she shares recipes that have been in her family for generations, mixes up a cocktail or two, and invites readers to make their own traditions.
I love this book! I love the cover, the stories, the recipes and the photos.
This is one of the few Christmas-y books I absolutely love. It has a lot of great stories, some touching, some funny, and lots of yummy sounding recipes.
I grew up in Ohio where there was usually a lot of snow during the winter, and this book made me more homesick than I already was. I loved reading the stories and didn’t want the book to end.
One of my favorite stories was when one of the family members had been misbehaving and they all were feeling bad with colds and a little bit of fever. John got the book SantaLand Diaries by David Sedaris and they all took turns reading while eating cold fried chicken. What could have been a very bad day turned into a day filled with laughs and good memories.
This is the first book by Stimson that I’ve read, but I’d like to read her other two books. I like her writing style and her wit, and think I’ll probably enjoy them too.
This is a book filled with good memories, good food, and gives you a good feeling. Even if you aren’t a fan of Christmas books, I think you’d enjoy this book for it’s great sounding recipes.
I’ve never liked the taste of beets, but I’m willing to give them another try. Here is a recipe from the book:
1 large bunch of beets
1 bunch of green onions
1 tablespoon sour cream
Fill a pot with enough water to cover the beets at a high boil
Rinse beets, cut off the top and roots
Place beets in boiling water and boil until fork tender
Drain beets and peel them with your hands under running cold water
Slice into 1/4 inch thick slices
Dice bulbs & tops of green onions, gently saute’ in olive oil for 3-4 min.
Add beets to the pan, toss, and saute’ until they are heated through
Add sour cream and mix until the entire dish is bright pink
Plate and finish with sea salt
Ellen Stimson is a bread and butter homecook … possibly more butter than bread. Her house and table are usually full to overflowing with friends, family, and a whole bunch of folks who have come to Vermont just to eat at her table and listen to her stories. During one particularly misguided period, she churned out her justifiably famous mac and cheese from the kitchen of what was possibly the oldest country store in America. That tale was told in the hilarious bestselling Mud Season. She cooks and writes about the whole divine and delicious catastrophe from a farmhouse in Vermont.
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