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December 2003 Issue
by Ronda L. Halpin
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    "Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful."

    -Norman Vincent Peale

Happy Holidays and welcome to the December issue of Seasoned Cooking. We hope that you are enjoying the start of the holiday season and that it will simply get better and better as time goes on. We’re here to help make that happen with an issue that’s packed with great food, gift ideas and even some thoughts on decorating. So settle in for a little while and let us help you get in the holiday spirit!

We begin with a look at giving (and receiving) gifts. The holidays give us all a chance to show our appreciation for friends and loved ones. It’s a time to say “thank you” for all of the special moments that they’ve given to us throughout the year. In an effort to help fill stockings and such, we’re offering two great gift-giving articles for you to enjoy. The first is our annual Holiday Gift-Giving Guide that takes you through a selection of gifts – all under $50 – that are well-suited to the cooks on your list. It’s packed with some great ideas, so check it out! Our second article is the Kitchen Focus column. It takes a look at making gifts that come from your favorite room in the home: the kitchen! Everything from creative jar mixes to homemade loaves of specialty bread can find their way under the tree this year.

Speaking of the tree, we’re also presenting ways to decorate the Christmas tree with gifts from your kitchen. What a wonderful way to showcase your love for cooking and food than to include some creative kitchen ideas into this special symbol of the season. And while you’re decorating it, enjoy the treats that are offered in the Happy Endings column this month. Warm mulled apple cider and spicy, soft gingersnaps will make any tree-decorating an event. Just add festive music and you’re set!

Finally, we’d be remiss if we didn’t offer some great recipes to round out your holiday plans. Get the secret to perfect roasted turkey in the Through the Kitchen Window column or a creative twist to steak in the Phil’s International Flair column. It’s hard to go wrong with cranberries this time of the year and that’s why they are the focus of the Ingredient SpotLight this month. If you’re thinking more along the lines of a holiday brunch, you’ll want to make sure that you don’t miss the Rise n’ Shine column. It’s got a unique recipe for a creamy casserole featuring hard boiled eggs.

There's a lot more to enjoy in this month's issue of Seasoned Cooking -- from your guide to keeping holiday pounds off with soup to, of course, a great recipe for turkey soup that will save you time, energy and calories in a month laden with rich food and busy schedules. Enjoy them all and here's to a seasoned lifestyle.

    Ronda L. Halpin
    Editor-in-Chief


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