Best Butter Cookies Recipe

| 12/10/2015 10:43:00 AM

Chef ElizabethIt is Christmas time again on the farm and despite an enormous first snow, the land is bare and what a blessing. I have had extra time to rescue the fish from the frozen pond, time to fix the barn door and to put up the Christmas lights.


Every year I promise to start things earlier, buy the bags and wrapping, organize my cookie cutters, decide on what Christmas treats I am going to make, hold the open house. There are so many details that I now keep a book to keep track of all the Christmas meals, gifts and plans.

My eldest daughter called me last week and we decided that this year we wanted to do something different. So this week I have been calling up Nordic ski places but they doubt that there will be enough snow by Christmas. Here by the lake you learn to expect snow, and lots of it, anytime.

Christmas is that special time of the year when we all tend to bake and cook our traditional favourites. This is a firm rule in my house — the list is long about what has to be on the three day Christmas weekend menu. Christmas is not the time to change the menu too radically. It is about tradition. When I eliminate one of the dishes, one that no one eats like the peas, there is uproar. I tend to introduce new items on Christmas Eve.