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Reasons to drool

November 12, 2013 - Diane Speer
I may be a grown-up now, but I must confess: sometimes I still drool, especially this time of year. For weeks now, cooks and bakers all over Northeast Michigan have been sending me recipes for our Holiday Favorites Cookbook, set to come out in early December.

I always want to try a bunch of the recipes at home (my co-workers would be all for that), if only I had more free time in the kitchen. Since I can't always get to it, I'm left to drool over all the yummy-sounding possibilities. Plump Carrot Muffins from Peggy Houck of Presque Isle, Christmas Morning Casserole from Donna Huggler of Alpena, Popovers from Clairellen McLaughlin of Harrisville and Praline Bars from Lois Frantz of Alpena are just a few that I hope to try my hand at one of the days in the not too distant future.

Equally enjoyable for me are the personal notes often attached to the recipes. The notes speak of a love for good food, of the memories certain dishes conjure up and of the treasured family members known for making certain culinary specialties. Michelle Johnson of Alpena, who shared some of her mom, Patricia Loritz's recipes, wrote, "My mom, Patricia, loves to cook and she taught her family how to have 'fun' in the kitchen." Michelle even included some photos of the family baking together. Pam Blower of Clarkston shared that her mom "was a 'master' candy maker who specialized in everyone's favorite fudge for their birthdays." Many others told me how much they look forward to receiving their Alpena News cookbook along with their morning paper, and how much time they spend pouring over the recipes.

This particular project is a very gratifying one. My only regret is that we don't have enough space to fit in all of the recipes that have been submitted. I've tried to include at least one from every person who took the time to submit their favorites, and in just about a month's time, you should find the finished product on your doorstep so that you too can drool.


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