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About the Book:
- Hardcover: 288 pages
- Publisher: Countryman Press; 1 edition (November 2, 2015)
With its snowy streets, pine forests, sleigh rides and woodsmoke curling from the chimneys, Vermont was practically invented for the Christmas postcard. And no one celebrates the season better than Ellen Stimson, author of the best-selling Mud Season, and now the author and home cook behind this cozy new collection of holiday magic.
From warm drinks for the first snowfall to treats for furry friends, from indulgent snacks for carolers to a traditional menu for Christmas day, An Old-Fashioned Christmas will keep you and your loved ones eating, drinking, laughing and baking all through the holiday season.
Anyone who loved Mud Season will remember Stimson’s hilarious and heartwarming stories of life in her small Vermont town—and An Old-Fashioned Christmas brings her trademark touch to holiday memories new and old. Readers will be inspired to begin their own family traditions like the Stimsons’ annual Christmas Adventure, the collection of nostalgic tree ornaments, and of course, the legendary Christmas party attended by friends and family from all over. This is a book you will return to year after year.
A guide to celebrating Christmas in proper Vermont style—from sleigh rides to country stores—rounds out this deeply personal and completely delicious collection. The 98 homey recipes in this book will soon become annual favorites for your family too, including:
Maple Pecan Cookies
Root Beer Pulled Pork
Maple, Fennel, Sausage and Cheddar Meatballs
“I’ve been a little uneasy about Christmas for a long time and now I shall stop. ‘A festival of debauchery’. I like that idea. A big party. Cut out the stuff you don’t enjoy. And a whole raft of stimulating recipes. And a good snowstorm. Wonderful——Garrison Keillor
About the Author:
Ellen Stimson is a bread-and-butter homecook…possibly more butter than bread. Her table is usually overflowing with friends, family, and folks who have come just to listen to her stories. Some of those tales made it into her bestselling memoir, Mud Season. She cooks and writes from a farmhouse in Vermont.
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This book was written by a woman who had a lifelong dream of owning a house in Vermont. She realized that dream and is now living the life she longed for in a gorgeous old house. This book is all about winter, Christmas and New Year’s. It celebrates family traditions, food, drinks and love.
I found myself lost in the stories – my husband lived in Vermont for 10 years while he was going to college and law school so many of the places Ms. Stimson wrote about were familiar to him. The posts about the weather were very familiar as we have similar here in Montana. I love the first snow and it is indeed cause for celebration. But of course the bulk of the book is about the joy of Christmas.
There are so many delicious recipes – what I love about them is that they are not fancy or exacting. They are the type of recipe you hand down from generation to generation. Or at least they seem like they are. There are several I will be trying and if it were a less busy time of year I’d have one demonstrated for you. Hopefully in the next couple of weeks.
As much fun as the recipes are the stories told. Even though they are personal stories of Ms. Stimson’s life I felt like part of her family due to her very welcoming writing style. It was rather like sitting around the kitchen table at the home of a very good friend. Truly a book to cherish and enjoy at the holidays and really with the delicious recipes inside – all year round.