Sunday, December 23, 2012

Merry Christmas!


I made, styled and photographed this story for the latest issue of Llamas Valley. They asked me to produce something fun for the holidays, and I immediately thought of pie. With options for savory or sweet goodness enveloped by flaky and comforting crust, their versatility and historic relevance (pies are an ancient way to preserve and transport deliciousness...) make them essential in any cook's repertoire. I hope you will be wowed enough by these images to try one or many of the recipes. Each was o-u-t-r-a-g-e-o-u-s-l-y delicious. Some pies here are easier to prepare than others, but be brave, roll up your sleeves, and tell me which are your favorites!  All recipes can be found on their new - and free! - iPad edition, here. Good luck, and good eating!!!

making our wreath for the front door, using rose hips to accent the greenery

I am thrilled to be spending the holidays with my parents. They are inspirations for so many things in my life, and I will soak up the precious days we'll have together - no doubt framed by lots of good eating and drinking. I have some special gifts planned, including a hawthorne berry infused vodka which I made over the past few months. It is surprisingly delicious.

With any luck, I will share some festive treats (that are easy to make!) as we gear up for New Year's Eve.... stay tuned.

As this year comes to a close and we renew ourselves for 2013, I am reminded that there is so much to be grateful for. I wanted to share some organizations that do a lot of good to help others in need, in hopes to raise awareness, as well as to offer you the chance to make a year-end contribution in making them even more effective. With the recent tragedy of Hurricane Sandy still very present, there is essential ongoing work to help the various communities affected get back on their feet. Donate here to help people in Staten Island, New York City, and New Jersey. 

For the past year or so, I have followed the phenomenal story of a boy named Cain, who made waves with his cardboard arcade. Because so much support came his way, the Imagination Foundation was born to bolster kids worldwide. Donate here to support kids in developing themselves, flourishing in the fun of stimulating creativity. 

Lastly, something extremely dear to me: the crucial raising awareness for the wonderful furry creatures that enrich our lives, making our house a home and who become our family. The reality is that millions (crazy, but true) of animals are needlessly destroyed every year, dropped off at shelters and left to a most unfortunate fate. Please, please, if you are considering getting a dog or a cat (and other animals, too!), adopt from a shelter, especially those known as "kill shelters". You will save a life and for your reward and receive a lifetime of unconditional love. This is one organization here in NYC dedicated to placing animals before they meet their doom. Helping to spread word about animals who come through their doors is of great help. You never know who may be ready to foster or adopt! Perhaps you were even thinking of bringing an animal into your home. There are so many amazing creatures who need you, and thank you. Just over two years ago, we rescued a couple of cats who were going to be destroyed the next day. In the time since they have become the loves of our lives. Totally!!! Thank you for reading, and for considering how you can make a contribution in creating a meaningful, great 2013.

Happy Holidays everyone!!! xxx

1 comment:

  1. Everything looks incredible (is that banoffee??!) and I wish I could eat it right now. The cats photos are great -- they have such personality.