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Sage and Rosemary simple syrups

Sage and Rosemary simple syrups

Every so often, I invent or read about or discover a food thing that I then become obsessed with. This week, friends, that thing is simple syrup.

Simple syrup is a fancy term for sugar water, and it’s typically used to flavor cocktails or other drinks like soda and coffee.

My simple syrup kick started around Thanksgiving, when I had a bunch of sage in my fridge that needed to get used up. I decided to steep it in a standard simple syrup mixture, which is typically 1 part water to 1 part sugar.

Sweet Paprika and Tomato Stew

Sweet Paprika and Tomato Stew

This week, I’m sharing another dish from my German heritage: goulash.

Goulash originated in Hungary, but it’s a popular dish in my ancestral homeland, too, and elsewhere throughout Europe. I’m sure they valued its hearty, warm qualities on cold nights.

And I do, too.

Goulash is basically beef stew, flavored predominantly with a certain spice: paprika. It is also tomato-based, and loaded with vegetables.

My grandma's Holly Wreath cookies

My grandma's Holly Wreath cookies

My grandma on my dad’s side was known for a couple Christmas cookies, and this was one of them — “wreath cookies,” as we called them. It’s one of my dad’s favorites, so we made it in our house growing up, too. I vividly remember eating the soft, pale green sweets out of an old cookie tin my grandma always seemed to have on hand this time of year.

What to do with your Thanksgiving leftovers

What to do with your Thanksgiving leftovers

I bought two turkeys this year. Total cost? $12.35.

With whole turkeys at 49 cents per pound a week before Thanksgiving, it seemed wrong to not stock up on the meat. I nestled that second turkey in the freezer when I got home, and just took it out a few days ago.

Naturally, lots of recipes with turkey meat followed. If you have leftover turkey meat that you are just now thinking about using, these recipes may come in handy. Or use chicken — even rotisserie chicken — in any of these dishes instead.