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The Joy of Home Cooking

Fill your home with holiday cheer by making a meal with your family.
December 2017

As the nights lengthen and temperatures drop, it’s a time to embrace all the simple and cozy pleasures the season has to offer: Tailgating parties, fuzzy socks, hanging strings of lights to bring ambiance to those early evenings.

Of course, the season can also bring on some serious cravings for warm and comforting fare, like warm drinks, stews and chilis and spiced baked apple desserts. Now is a great time to spread the joy by preparing and sharing some homemade food.

With the following three tips, you’ll have the perfect recipe for making you and others around you glow with that particular inner warmth that only the season’s simple pleasures can bring.

• Fire up the oven: Staying in is always the perfect excuse to create a comforting meal from scratch, especially when it fills your house with warmth and good scents. It could be a batch of almond scones, a chicken pot pie with extra rosemary or a homemade pizza with a robust basil garlic sauce. For the most delicious results, always start with high-quality, wholesome ingredients that make you feel good about what you’re making. For example, high-quality seasonings and extracts can infuse your dishes with pure and delicious flavors.

• Share the joy: Whatever you’re cooking, be sure and make extras, because connecting with others is especially important this time of year. Prepare a meal and invite some friends over for an evening of feasting and conversation. Perhaps there’s an elderly neighbor who can’t get out much in the winter, or a friend or colleague with a touch of the blues. A shared homemade meal can be a source of comfort and bring contentment to a dark winter evening.

• Take time for reflection: In the end, your effort and the happiness it creates can make you feel a deeper appreciation for life’s simple pleasures. Think about how the time-honored practice of sharing your home, your time and a homemade meal transforms how you feel about the season.


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