Home for the Holidays: Do you have a traditional holiday food?

To get some audience participation, if you will, for our Home for the Holidays week, we thought we’d ask YOU to share about what the holidays are like in your home. On each site, we’ve got a question we’d love for you to answer!

Share your thoughts here in the comments, and then hop to the other sites to jump in on the other holiday-related discussions.
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Most of us associate certain comfort foods with the holidays; that’s just how it is. It may be your grandmother’s plum pudding or mom’s bread stuffing, but it conjures up feelings of homecoming, no matter where you are.

My background is British, so there is always shortbread and mince tarts aplenty.  My mother also makes an Italian inspired fruitcake called ‘Panforte’ every year. One of the highlights of the season is getting a thick wedge of it delivered in our Christmas package.

Since starting a family of our own, there are a few dishes Danny and I like to have around every year over the holidays. Tourtiere is a must ( I just made and froze several yesterday!), as is the German fruit and nut loaf, Stollen, for toasting on Christmas morning. We also like our homemade eggnog, with a grating of fresh nutmeg on top, thank you very much.

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Giveaway: Mandoline Slicer by Edgeware

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Welcome back to Home for the Holidays! We’ve got 15 giveaways across the entire network this week — all great gift ideas, perfect for the season.

First I gave away a food processor, and in keeping with the super-useful tools and equipment theme, I’m excited to bring you my next giveaway item…

Yep, today you could win a sleek and sturdy Mandoline Slicer made by Edgeware! Valued at $179, this mandoline is a precision tool for uniformly slicing all manner of vegetables and fruits.

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Home for the Holidays: Bloggers without Borders

Christmas isn’t just about giving and getting (although we’re so excited to bring your our annual giveaway week) which is why for this year’s Home for the Holidays, we wanted to highlight some great organizations doing amazing things. Specifically, five organizations that are near and dear to our hearts. I hope that after reading this post, you’ll take a minute to browse the other SLM sites and learn a bit about our favorite charities.

I’m so excited to spotlight Bloggers without Borders today as it is an organization that occupies part of my time, much of my thoughts, and all of my heart.

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Giveaway: Magimix by Robot-Coupe 14-cup Food Processor

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Welcome to Simple Living Media’s Home for the Holidays! We’ve got 15 giveaways across the entire network this week—all great gift ideas, perfect for the holidays.

I’m so very excited about today’s giveaway item because I feel like I’m sharing a valuable discovery with you as well as giving away a top of the line kitchen tool…

Yep, I’m kicking things off with a Magimix by Robot-Coupe 14-cup Food Processor!

Valued at approximately $450,the Magimix  is the best of the best food processors and built to last. How do I know that? Because Robot-Coupe, the inventor of the food processor, has been in every commercial kitchen I have ever worked it.

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2011 Holiday Gift Guide: My Top 10 Cookbook Picks

Last year’s gift guide for cookbooks was so much fun, especially the title-swapping in the comments, that I had to follow up with another round-up of recommendations for 2011. It’s been a most stellar year for cookbooks – a good thing, until you’re trying to narrow your favorites down to ten. Not an easy task.

This year I really tried to keep you, my readers, in mind when reviewing cookbooks. Even though I have a wicked sweet tooth, you’ll notice there are no dessert books in the line-up. Inspiration for sweets is everywhere – Pinterest, blogs, magazines – but what I find most of us struggle with is getting dinner on the table every night.

My top picks for this year contain a wide variety of cookbook styles that range from practical to artisanal, homey to technical and all of them provide tons of inspiration for dinner.  You can be sure to find one or two books on this list that fit you and your family’s food culture to a ‘T’.

For the entertainer to the vegetarian on your holiday gift list, here are my top 10 cookbook picks for 2011! Happy browsing. Happy cooking.

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