Georgia Magazine - December 2010 - (Page 30)

Celebrating traditions Readers share their favorite holiday recipes BY JENNIFER J. HEWETT T winkling lights and gooey s’mores at the holiday bonfire; the smells of hot mulled cider and Grandma’s Christmas cookies baking in the oven; leftover casseroles and turkeyand-cranberry-sauce sandwiches—all shared with friends and loved ones. These are just a few of my favorite holiday traditions. This month, GEORGIA Magazine readers share some of their favorite recipes that have become part of their family traditions. From cookies and cakes to appetizers and side dishes, our readers shared quite a feast! Below are a few of their recipes. “My grandmother and mom always made pizzelles, or Italian waffle cookies. The recipe makes a lot, but the cookies are so easy to eat!” says Carlin Breinig, of Alpharetta. “I like vanilla flavor, but the more traditional is anise. My iron makes two at a time and is electric. My grandma had to heat her iron over the gas burner and make one at a time—and we could eat them very quickly!” Pizzelles Carlin Breinig, Alpharetta 12 large eggs 3 cups sugar 1 pound butter, melted 2 tablespoons vanilla 1 shot whiskey 3/4 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon baking powder 6 cups flour Mix everything together in a very large bowl until smooth and well mixed. Heat the pizzelle iron and bake. Makes about 120 cookies. “My grandmother (who would be well over 100 years old now) first Above: Chef Carlin Breinig, of Alpharetta, prefers vanilla-flavored pizzelles, or Italian waffle cookies, to the more traditional anise flavor. This favorite family recipe was made often by her grandmother and mother. Left: Carlin and her mom, Lillian Naley, take a break in the kitchen in 1957. received this recipe from a Welsh neighbor in Ohio. She made these every Christmas for many years,” says Sharon Crosby, of Acworth. “When she became older, my mother began to make the cookies. My mother is now 88 years old (or young!) and has passed the cookie torch to me. I live in Georgia, and she is in Ohio, so I bake and ship these so they will be there for Christmas! I love the cookies, but love the tradition even more.” Date Roll Cookies Sharon Crosby, Acworth Cookies 2 cups brown sugar 1 cup shortening 3 eggs 1 teaspoon vanilla 4 cups flour 1 teaspoon baking soda 1 teaspoon salt Filling 2 cups chopped dates (packaged ones work great) 1 cup water 1/2 cup white sugar 1 cup chopped walnuts (to be added after cooking dates as directed below) For cookies, mix brown sugar and shortening until well blended with electric mixer. Add eggs and More online at www.georgiamagazine.org vanilla; mix well. Add flour, baking soda and salt and mix. For filling, mix dates, water and sugar. Cook to a thick paste. Add 1 cup chopped walnuts and cool. Place a quarter of the dough on a large square of waxed paper. Cover with a second square and, using a rolling pin, roll into a rectangle about 14x8 inches wide. Spread a quarter of the cooled filling on the dough. Roll into a log from one long side to the opposite. Repeat for the remaining 3 portions. Place wrapped cookies in the refrigerator overnight. To cook, cut into slices about 1/4-inch wide and bake in a 375degree oven for 10 to 12 minutes. Note: I find it much easier to bake these on parchment paper and line the cooling racks with it also. Yields approximately 60 cookies. “My father grew up on a farm in Cadwell with eight siblings. As his brothers and sisters got married and began families of their own, the Mullis family became rather large. We enjoyed regular family reunions with 40-50 people. We were blessed with some fabulous Southern cooks, so we always ate way too much delicious food! Those gatherings GEORGIA MAGAZINE 30 http://www.georgiamagazine.org

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Georgia Magazine - December 2010

Georgia Magazine - December 2010
Contents
Viewpoint
Mailbox
Picture This?
Georgia News
Calendar
Currents
Claus With a Cause
Soaring With Eagles
Around Georgia
My Georgia
Gardens
Georgia Cooks
Snapshot

Georgia Magazine - December 2010

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Georgia Magazine - December 2010 - Contents (Page 4)
Georgia Magazine - December 2010 - Viewpoint (Page 5)
Georgia Magazine - December 2010 - Mailbox (Page 6)
Georgia Magazine - December 2010 - Picture This? (Page 7)
Georgia Magazine - December 2010 - Georgia News (Page 8)
Georgia Magazine - December 2010 - Georgia News (Page 9)
Georgia Magazine - December 2010 - Georgia News (Page 9A)
Georgia Magazine - December 2010 - Georgia News (Page 9B)
Georgia Magazine - December 2010 - Calendar (Page 10)
Georgia Magazine - December 2010 - Calendar (Page 11)
Georgia Magazine - December 2010 - Calendar (Page 12)
Georgia Magazine - December 2010 - Calendar (Page 13)
Georgia Magazine - December 2010 - Currents (Page 14)
Georgia Magazine - December 2010 - Currents (Page 15)
Georgia Magazine - December 2010 - Claus With a Cause (Page 16)
Georgia Magazine - December 2010 - Claus With a Cause (Page 17)
Georgia Magazine - December 2010 - Claus With a Cause (Page 18)
Georgia Magazine - December 2010 - Soaring With Eagles (Page 19)
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Georgia Magazine - December 2010 - Around Georgia (Page 22)
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Georgia Magazine - December 2010 - My Georgia (Page 27)
Georgia Magazine - December 2010 - Gardens (Page 28)
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Georgia Magazine - December 2010 - Georgia Cooks (Page 30)
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Georgia Magazine - December 2010 - Snapshot (Page 34)
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