Cookie Saturday

Volume 7, Issue 217; 18 Dec 2004; last modified 08 Oct 2010

One of our annual Christmas rituals is “Cookie Saturday”.

For about the last 15 years, Deb and I have been the family cookie makers. That is to say, Deb is the chef and I'm the cheap day labor, though in fairness, I've slowly graduated from being largely incompetent to requiring only moderate supervision over the years.

The last couple of years, Cookie Saturday has been a two-day affair, with all the dough making on one day and all the baking on another. The alternative was basically an eight hour marathon and that's a lot less fun than it sounds.

This year, for the first time ever, the family Christmas will be chez Walsh. Deb's folks, her sister, and her family are all coming to us this year. The rest of the extended family is still going to be in New York (and my own folks are over in England) so it'll be much smaller than the usual seven course spread for fifty.

But it'll still be seven courses. All fish. Having no significant cultural heritage of my own, I'm forced to borrow from others and the Italian seven fishes Christmas Eve meal is near the top of my list. Raw clams, fried calamari, shrimp scampi, scallops, scungilli fra diavolo, mussels fra diavolo (because really, you can never have too much fra diavolo, right? Right!), and angel hair pasta aioli.

All of this is to say that our Cookie Saturday was much less hectic than in years past. We're not carrying trays of cookies to a half-dozen houses this year, so we could make a lot fewer. This year it was Russian tea cakes (my favorite), spritz, and biscotti. The spice nuggets and cranberry bars are sure to be missed, but there's only so much dessert you can comfortably eat after an Italian dinner.


You just set my stomach rumbling... Sounds very tasting.

I've always equated "christmas dinner" with "chicken". Fish? Worth a try, though probably next year :-)


—Posted by Reinout van Rees on 20 Dec 2004 @ 02:22 UTC #

For me Christmas cookie making and similar activities is what Christmas is all about. What fun ! We'v already had two full weekends of baking with friends and kids. We have got eight sorts of cookies, and probably more to come. Yum !

Merry Christmas, Norm !

—Posted by Stefan Seefeld on 20 Dec 2004 @ 04:28 UTC #

My mother (aleha ha-sholem) used to spend most December evenings baking twelve kinds of Christmas cookies as gifts (and I used to spend most afternoons raiding the freezer).

—Posted by John Cowan on 20 Dec 2004 @ 05:20 UTC #