My loves! Come follow me over at Instagram if you haven't already, will you? I can't remember my handle, but you'll find me. Ha ha ha. Okay, wait. It's @catherinewman. I think! Then you will get to see my parents peeling another 10 pounds of potatoes *this* year! Which they will definitely be doing, even if they think they can just quietly work on the jigsaw and crossword puzzles all day. Poor things.
|Oh, is Ben home? I hardly even noticed! [clutches heart weepingly during Silver Bells]|
I am really just checking in from the chaos of multiple gravies (vegan! turkey! gluten-free!) and stuffings (gf! not gf! with mushrooms! without!) and pies (vegan cranberry cheesecake! gluten-free pecan!) to say that despite my long, unexplained absences, I will be posting a gift guide this year, probably early next week. But if you have any advice, please feel free to share it: I use the amazon postings to generate revenue, which I donate all of (usually to Partners in Health, but sometimes to a mix of places), but I hate to support Amazon in particular and world-destroying billionaires in general. Thoughts? I'm wondering if it would work to have links to independent sites, and then to have a button for donating, like a little charitable tip jar... or if that's going to be too complicated, and the good of the huge donation outweighs the bad of the Amazon links. Anyhoo. Just thinking out loud, it seems.
Some T-giving-ish recipes, in case you don't have them from years past (plus mashed potatoes with and without copious amounts of sour cream and butter and/or Earth Balance and creamed cashews):
Basic Brined Roasted Turkey
Vegetarian Brown Gravy
Herbed Goat Cheese
Wild (or not-so-wild) Mushroom Pate
Boursin-Style Cheese Spread
Holiday Crudités with the best-ever Green Dip
Sparkling Cranberry Centerpiece
My Mom's Cranberry Sauce
Parmesan-Rosemary Butternut Gratin
Classic Pecan Pie (but with this gluten-free pastry)
Also, I have some lovely new low-carb holiday sides up at diatribe, if low-carb is your dietary family of origin or choice.
In unrelated news, did I mention my new book? I mean, I see it over there in sidebar, but I am so excited about it that I am going to remention it here! It comes out in May, but books basically live and die on preorders, so if you would, I would be so grateful. Amazon here
. Indie Bound here
|Illustrated by the amazing Debbie Fong, whom you can follow on Instagram! @pommopress|
|The menfolk in my household were BAFFLED by this page.|
|I mean, who doesn't want to learn how to vacuum?|
|Can you see the blurbs here, or do you have old-lady eyes like me? They are from Jess Lahey and Lisa Damour, and I love them so much.|
Sending you warmth and courage, my darlings. xo
Overjoyed about the book, congratulations!ReplyDelete
Deirdre, thank you so much! <3Delete
Hold up: vegan cranberry cheesecake?! Yes, please!ReplyDelete
So, so very excited to get your next book for my family.
Thank you, my old friend! The recipe is this(ish): https://evergreenkitchen.ca/recipe/vegan-cranberry-cheesecake-bars I use sugar instead of maple syrup, and a slightly different crust and topping, but that filling is so good. Also, it really needs to set up overnight! xoDelete
These look amazing! OK, now how can we use this base recipe plus your eggnog cheesecake bars plus vegan eggnog to make dairy-free eggnog bars....Delete
Catherine, I was just thinking about you this very morning! Specifically, thinking “I wonder where Catherine’s gift guide is...” as I scanned some other sad, unCatherine’s gift guide. And here you are!ReplyDelete
Congratulations on the new book! I will check it out. I hope you enjoy your holiday and bask in the glow of having your gorgeous babies and parents all around.
Dana in Petaluma
Thank you so much, my dear Dana! I hope you had a lovely holiday too. xoDelete
Congrats on the new book! Yay! :) Wishin you and yours a very Happy Thanksgiving. Always good to see you in my inbox. (Also.. have you seen Rachel's Getting Married? Rachel always reminds me of you. :)ReplyDelete
Ha ha ha! I don't know if I have, but now I will. Thank you, dear Jen. xoDelete
Ahhh. A Ben and Birdy update. *Now* it's Thanksgiving! (Isn't glorious having our wayward college kids home with us again?)ReplyDelete
It really was, wasn't it? Sigh.Delete
Hurray! Buying the book for the kiddos now! :-) Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family.ReplyDelete
Thank you so much, dear Hanna! xoDelete
My holidays are full of you -- your Holiday Crudités with the best-ever Green Dip, Sparkling Cranberry Centerpiece, and Parmesan-Rosemary Butternut Gratin are all expected by the extended family at any gathering this time of year (the Green Dip anytime of year). Thank you for giving us food traditions!ReplyDelete
PS Pre-ordered the book for my Birdy-aged kid.
Thank you so much, dearest Librarian Mama. xoDelete
Hi! I've been a follower of your for a long time. I'm taking an int'l trip with 1 kid (teen) and 1 spouse. I was thinking it might be fun to burn up some of the painful in-flight hours with some games. I'm looking for something small enough to shove into a carry-on and set up on a tray table. Would The Mind and Cheating Moth work? Any other suggestions?ReplyDelete
Also, I imagine this isn't your speed, but if you have any digital app games to recommend, I'd love those too. All I ever play on my phone is Sudoko and I need something new ...
Dear Lisa, definitely neither Cheating Moth nor the Mind would be a could 3-abreast tray-table game. I am thinking. Maybe Love Letter? It has the advantage of packing up *tiny*. . . Have a wonderful trip! xoDelete
Hi! Can you throw me an affiliate link to Mastermind Jr., which you had in the 2010 gift guide? I'm trying to click through from that post and the link seems broken, but I want you/PIH to get that sweet sweet affiliate cash!ReplyDelete
Yes, and thank you so much for asking! https://amzn.to/2Pt3MCQDelete
Thanks for the annual list--duly pored over and many items ordered (including pre-ordered, i.e. the new book--hooray)!ReplyDelete
Only one thing-- dear Catherine, why a roofie joke? And in a post with Chanel Miller's book, even/too? I know you relish being salty & irreverent, but when is there ever anything actually funny about a roofie? Makes me sad, and disappointed...
Ah, thank you for this! I genuinely appreciate being called out on things that could hurt someone. I am going to rethink my tendency to make jokes like this so as to be salty and irreverent without being triggering or harmful. I'd love it if you signed off with a name! Only because then it would give me more of a person-to-person feeling. But I'd definitely rather anonymous than you not writing to me here. Sending love to you and yours. xoDelete