Coquito: Holiday Egg Nog in the Caribbean Tradition

My memories of childhood holidays involve bachata music, the smell of coconuts, and coquito -- Caribbean egg nog. ...more

Stop DIY Guilt!

Here we are: The Most Wonderful Time of the Year. Or is it the Most Complicated Time of the Year? Most hectic? Most filled-with-impossibly-high-expectations? All of the above? This year, our family decided to focus on simplicity. There’s a lot we’re not doing this year. And part of me wants to feel guilty about that. As we’ve worked to scale back, I’ve realized that simple is relative....more

Sticky maple gingerbread cake

I think you are going to love this cake....more

Memories of Christmas's Past

Daily Prompt: Memories of Holidays Past by Krista on December 16, 2013What is your very favorite holiday? Recount the specific memory or memories that have made that holiday special to you.~~~~~~~~...more

9 Tips for Holiday Entertaining

There's a certain coming of age that happens when you host your very first holiday, at your home, with your cooking. I began hosting Thanksgiving years ago when I lived in Cleveland, in my awesome Little Italy apartment. My guests were my then boyfriend's family, and it stayed that way until our coupledom expired. It was then that I really felt like an adult. Sure, I bitched about the work involved, but in reality, I loved it....more

Send Me a Holiday Card, I’ll Donate $1 to Pittsburgh’s LGBT Community Center

The first card we received this year was sent to "Sue and Laura" - it's from my very conservative Christian cousin's family so I'm glad they at least acknowledge our relationship. But I wish they realized Laura has a last name. It has been ten years.The second card was sent to the "Dunhoff-Kerr Family" because a dog friend considers us a family and our pets as part of that blended family.The third card was addressed to Laura only, but included me in the inside (along with the critters.)...more

Christmas cupcakes

My daughter loves cupcakes and at this time of the year I have decided to make her a little surprise:)She has just decorated a Christmas tree at school, so she was telling me how beautiful it was with all the Christmas balls (or boules or baubles, whatever you call them!)....more

Agaves- Modern Mexican Cuisine

By: Wendy Castellanos-Wolf...more


Once a year, I reserve an entire three-day weekend -- Saturday, Sunday, Monday -- for my Christmas baking. This is that weekend, booked in advance. Even a huge achievement such as the State Finals in high school football could not lure me away from my kitchen. (I'm sure I would be amending that if my son were playing rather than filming the event; I just gave up three hours to attend one of his away basketball games.) My school is flocking to the far-off field on a first-time-ever fan bus -- and I am at home, alone, in the cold. By choice....more