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Even the Christmas cookies will be " masked up " in the Denaro home this holiday season.

a new breakfast staple in town. The sweet potato tortilla recipe,
from the White Dog Cafe Cookbook, I've wanted to make for years
failed miserably and will never see the light of day again. It only
took being grounded like a teenager for me to unearth the tortilla
press I've owned for at least 20 years, but never used before.

some treats to a friend in Australia to help break up her food
monotony. Unique Splits, Fifth Avenue bars, and Milano cookies
seem to be among her favorites. Her lack of enthusiasm for
Goldenberg Peanut Chews, however, has me rethinking our entire
friendship.

For years, I've only read posts on both a British food page and
on the New York Times Cooking Community page on Facebook,
but have lately started engaging in the discussion threads, trading
recipes and sharing tips. It's proved to be an unexpected human
connection that's provided some especially fun cocktail recipes
that have also helped cut through the humdrum. I didn't realize
how much I missed even just talking about food with others,
and it has been interesting to learn how some are coping with
restricted budgets and/or access to ingredients.

Perhaps I'll post the Christmas crackers to those who can't be
with us so we can pop them together over a holiday Zoom call.
While I'll miss seeing their faces at our table, I won't miss having
to share the traditional Wilkins & Sons Christmas Pudding that
just arrived from England. I also won't miss the annual heated
political debate or having all the extra dishes to wash. As for the
start of 2021, at least my pantry is fully stocked with all those
protein bars and shakes. That week or so I try to stick to my
annual resolution to lose a few pounds should prove even more
challenging if the pandemic hasn't abated by then.

The few times we ventured out to dine with friends toward
the end of Summer was like a balm to our souls. Some of the
biggest foodies we know made us, perhaps the best home-cooked
meal ever, using an Inn at Little Washington cookbook they
gave us as an anniversary gift. That book is replete with intense,
multi-component recipes, the kind that are fun to read, but too
intimidating to tackle. Thanks to all this time on my hands, I've
tried a few with great success and have pledged to not shy away
from recipes with more than two steps ever again.

We've had the luxury of enjoying some unusual food
indulgences the past few months. A couple of times I ordered
British baked goods through Amazon. Cherry Bakewell tarts
and Eccles Cakes, things I read about on that English page, were
treats, but now I'm more interested in making my own with
family recipes food bloggers from across the pond have shared.
When I wasn't ordering foods not readily found in the US, I sent

It's been an enlightening year in both good and bad ways. In
hindsight, when I bought those Christmas crackers, I think I
was longing for the suspended reality the holidays provide. It's
the chance to dust off the good tableware, polish the silver, and
dine on family recipes we make only once a year. While we
celebrate, the real world outside the front door, and especially the
work projects requiring completion by year end, we wait for the
inevitable food coma to pass.

Regardless of how you choose to celebrate, and whatever food
you enjoy, I hope you all find a comfort and joy as this exhausting
2020 draws to a close. I wish us all a Happier and Healthier New
Year.
Ms. Denaro is with the Wyomissing law firm of
Georgeadis||Setley.

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