As we ready for this holiday season, I celebrate by honoring my mother, who passed to me and my younger sister her talents in the kitchen. I believe cooking and baking gave Mother great joy and I know both my sister and I love being in the kitchen and showing off our culinary talents. (Okay, that might be a stretch.)
So, here we are at that time of year when impromptu gatherings have some special warmth (maybe hot cocoa with a dash of Amaretto), an added twinkle (from a sparkling and well-decorated Christmas tree), and that extra bit of cheer and love. We need it. It’s a cold, weird world out there these days.
My mom began teaching me how to cook when I was in her Brownie Troop 612, and I’ve been baking ever since. Here’s a recipe for Cherry Chocolate Chip Cookies that’s perfect to pass off to the hostess of one of those impromptu gatherings.
Have you seen the new Nestle Toll House Delightfulls chips? I accidentally came upon them, not at the grocery store, but at one of my favorite bargain stores – Big Lots. They had four flavors, and the one I’m using tonight is the dark chocolate morsels with cherry filling.