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December 1998 Issue
by Ronda L. Halpin
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Welcome to the December issue of Seasoned Cooking. We're glad you've chosen to join us this month. When people talk about the holiday season, the two food items that seem to come up the most are appetizers and, of course, desserts. So, it only seems natural to have a focus on them during the month of December. However, before you dive into these admittedly luscious recipes, try to temper your enthusiasm with a bit of wit and wisdom from Michael Fick. In this month's Health & Fitness, he gives warning about all those goodies and advice on how to stuff yourself intelligently. Think it's impossible? Think again!

After getting some advice on how to make it through the holidays, make sure you check out all that's tempting in the way of holiday appetizers in Phil's International Flair. With a load of terrific appetizers that are geared towards entertaining, you'll be set for that open house or buffet you're planning. If you need some vegetarian treats -- both sweet and filling -- check out Victoria's Vegetarian Victuals for everything from Vegetable Lasagne to Eggnog Pie. Speaking of eggnog, you'll want to check out Meet Herb for an enlightened view of nutmeg. You might want to try something different and host a Christmas brunch. Rise 'n Shine steps in to help you out with quick recipes that are sure to please.

To help out with your holiday desserts and sweets needs, you'll want to read Momma Gert's Place for a bevy of rich pies and cakes, Happy Endings for making candy with the kids, and Holiday Desserts for a look at traditional treats from around the world.

With all of that packed into the issue, you'd think we'd be ready for a long winter's nap. Not yet! Jenny Wojcik brings us some tips on holiday decorating and how traditions incorporate into it and Krafty gives us holiday tips galore. The Readers' Corner introduces us to some heart-warming holiday traditions and Seasoned Opinions asks us to look ahead to the New Year. As promised, this issue also includes our first annual Cookbook Review. Four unique resources are discussed and reviewed for your benefit. Finally, it wouldn't be right to leave you to your holiday plans without sending you all our very own Seasoned Greetings from our homes to yours.

Enjoy this month's issue and Happy Holidays. Here's to a seasoned lifestyle!

    Ronda L. Halpin

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