I have news today that's both exciting and bittersweet for me. It's my last day working in the newsroom of The News-Gazette. I'm starting a new communications job in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Illinois in early January.
I've been promising myself for a long time that I will make some sort of durable Advent calendar that marks every day in my favorite liturgical season.
When I was little, we used a homemade calendar my mom made that dispensed a candy cane for every day in December. I wanted something similar, although I didn't really want it to revolve around food.
I happen to love cookies this time of year, and thought I'd share a submitted recipe for a yummy-looking ginger cookie.
It's from Carol Timms, and is for Ginger Bends, a cookie that she calls "a lovely, soft version of ginger snaps."
Sounds good to me.
The first Christmas I was dating Rob, he invited me to try some of his mom's fruitcake. I wrinkled up my nose and wondered what I was getting myself into.
But a taste of Mary Dickinson's fruitcake revealed a fruity, nutty treat I'd never experienced before.
This is another recipe from Champaign resident Jennifer Wilson. I'm a sucker for casseroles, so I'm especially excited about this one.
It's a great idea for using up the last of your turkey this week, or for when you pull the leftovers out of your freezer.
Here are a couple more recipes for you to make with your Thanksgiving leftovers.
I've been hitting the leftover Thanksgiving recipes hard this year, mostly because my readers are sending in amazing ideas. Plus, I've covered Thanksgiving Day recipes pretty heavily in the past - you can view those by clicking here.