UPDATE: Haiku contest results are at Bleeding Heartland.
Merry Christmas, Mother Talkers! Although we don’t celebrate the holiday, I do enjoy listening to Oy to the World, the klezmer Christmas album by the Klezmonauts (samples here). Their arrangements make the songs sound joyous, which is surprisingly rare in Christmas music. It’s Jesus’ birthday, after all.
I got a kick out of this cartoon by Steve Sack of the Minneapolis/St. Paul Star Tribune: a Christmas card from the Republicans (NOel).
For elaborate Christmas cooking, read Asinus Asinum Fricat/Patric Juillet’s amazing diary about Christmas dinner in Provence.
I’m not that ambitious in the kitchen, but the kids helped me make gingerbread yesterday. I use the recipe from the Laurel’s Kitchen cookbook: 2 1/2 cups flour, 1 tsp baking soda, 1 tsp cinnamon, 2 tsp ginger, 1/2 tsp salt in one bowl. 1 egg, 2/3 cup blackstrap molasses, 1/3 cup honey, 1 cup buttermilk (or kefir), 1/3 cup melted butter mixed in another bowl. Combine wet and dry ingredients, pour into greased 9 x 9 pan and bake at 350 for about 40 minutes (a few minutes less in my oven).
My husband used to request noodle kugel every Christmas, but I just made that last week for Chanukah, so tonight we’re having roast chicken instead. Here’s my noodle kugel recipe, adapted from my mother’s to include more protein and less fat and sugar.
Cook 12 ounces noodles of your choice. Egg noodles are traditional, but I often use whole wheat fusilli.
In a large bowl, combine
7-9 eggs (7 if jumbo, 9 if regular “large” eggs)
1 16-oz tub cottage cheese
1 1/2 cups plain unsweetened yogurt (I use full-fat)
1/4 cup sugar (can be increased to 1/3 cup)
1-2 tsp cinnamon
1 apple, chopped (tart varieties are good)
1 cup raisins
2 Tbsp melted butter (more if you used low-fat or non-fat yogurt)
When noodles are cooked, drain and stir into bowl with other ingredients. Pour into 9 x 13 pan, spread out evenly, cover with foil and bake at 350 for about 35-40 minutes. Remove foil and bake at 350 for another 20-25 minutes. Keeps well for a day or two–can be reheated or served cold.
Following the example of an Iowa Republican blogger, I launched a haiku contest at Bleeding Heartland. (A haiku consists of “three unrhymed lines of five, seven, and five syllables.”)
Let’s see what Mother Talkers can come up with.
My first shot was inspired by former Republican Governor Terry Branstad’s recent campaign moves:
the MasterCard governor
throws stones from glass house.
The idea for my second haiku came from a stupid robocall the NRCC began this week against Representative Leonard Boswell (don’t ask me why they’d do political calls three days before Christmas):
For lack of ideas
or a fresh campaign message,
What’s on your mind or cooking in your kitchen?
UPDATE: Kids came in from playing out in the snow and requested popcorn. I make it on the stove and top with melted butter. Mmmm!