Pola Pola Kolačiči (Croatian “Half + Half Cookies”)

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Each year I hold on to our family tradition of exploring the foods of a different culture during the holidays, and Pola Pola Kolačiči is a new recipe on its way to becoming an old classic.

These Croatian cookies (kolačiči) take jammy thumbprints to the next level: One half (pola) studded with poppy seeds, the other half (pola) bathed in espresso + glistening with cinnamon sugar. Where the two meet, a dot of pear cardamom butter — a favorite wintry flavor pair — adds a little something extra. Plus, of course, all the crumbly, buttery goodness you expect of a Christmas cookie.

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Maple Fig Shortbread Bars

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There is a definite seasonal urgency to cooking, especially this time of year. One minute you’re on top of the game, the next Mother Nature snatches away your favorite ingredients without warning. Removing her wrench from my plans is where you will currently find me.

Originally conceived to capture the final harvest of fresh figs, our tree took an early holiday, and has since been put to bed. But I’m a sucker for fig cookies, and darned if this setback was going to impede my weekly baking therapy — dried, it is!

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Browned Butter Pomegranate Rose Madeleines

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Anatole France, a French poet, journalist, and Nobel Prize-winning novelist, once remarked: “Life is too short and Proust is too long.”

Published in a series of seven volumes between the years 1913 and 1927, Marcel Proust’s novel Remembrance of Things Past is a narrated telling of his own (fictionalized) life story. More than 4,000 pages, it is indeed a very challenging read. His allegorical search for truth is defined by the concept of “involuntary memory” — literally, spontaneous remembrances of things past, flashbacks, triggered by everyday actions, sights, sounds, tastes, smells.

The most famous of Proust’s literary recollections, an evocation of a profound childhood remembrance upon tasting a crumbly, tea-dipped madeleine.*

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Black-Bottom Cherry Bars (GF + Vegan)

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At the heart of this recipe was our inability to choose between shortbread cherry bars and chocolate-covered cherries.

When in doubt, my kitchen plan of attack is to mash it up. And thus, black-bottom cherry bars. Something for both of us in every bite.

Black-bottom transformation

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Homemade Grahams

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Graham crackers are often dismissed as plain and simple. This really isn’t an unfair description, but plain and simple doesn’t automatically mean boring. Quite the contrary, if you ask me, and there is perhaps no food that better epitomizes my childhood.

True to my nature of re-imagining recipes, these grahams feature more nutritious ingredients and a few twists, yet still maintain the basic character and flavor of the ones we grew up with.

(For the record, Bon Appetit, it’s graham cracker mush; not soup.)

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