latimes– In a year like this one, holidays have become even more special because they give us markers of where we are in a year that feels endless and unhinged. During the month of December — at least for me — I feel like I know where I’m at in the year and what I should be making. For a baker like myself, that’s dozens of cookies. In years past, I’d host a cookie party and feed them all to my friends, but this year, I’m adapting by stuffing the edible disks into tins and dropping them off at my friends’ doorsteps. If you are the same and need some inspiration, you’re in luck because we just published nine stellar holiday cookies from chefs around L.A. for our annual cookie package. There are one-bowl tea cakes, jam-rippled blondies, ginger-spiced molasses cookies the size of a dessert plate and vegan biscotti dipped in gooey caramel and drizzled in chocolate, plus five others. No matter your taste and skill level, I guarantee there will be a cookie in the collection that puts you in the holiday mood. When my house is filled with that much sugar, I like to balance it all with hearty, savory stews that fit the “winter” season here. On the weekends, a rich, Goan pork curry is just the type of thing that’s easy to stir in between taking batches of cookies out of the oven. Once the oven is free, this beef stew with black olives goes in to hang out while you nibble on cookie edges to “test” each batch. During the week, I’ll make an easy beef and bean chili; keep it in the fridge and warm up bowls as you need them and top with all the classic fixings. A vegetarian pozole — teeming with corn and beans — is substantial and another staple of my “freezer stews.” Then, because I can’t resist gamier meat at this time of year, I always cook duck, and this Thai red curry with duck and pumpkin is just the thing to serve up after a long week of planning all the cookies I’ll bake every weekend until the (technical) end of this expansive year.
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