The Christmas countdown continues, and we’ve had our first cancellation due to an impending storm. On Saturday, we were supposed to go to Shannon and Mike’s for a holiday meal, and our friend Diane was invited, too. But a storm is blowing up from the South, and 12 or so inches of snow are predicted. It is disappointing to stay home, but as Shannon noted, that’s how it is in Maine from November through April. You never know when weather is going to interfere with your plans. Well, there is always plenty to do around the house, and even more this time of year. There are cookies to make and presents to wrap. And we’ll also sneak in a movie or two. Maybe I’ll even pickup some eggnog. If it’s going to storm, then we might as well enjoy eggnog with a splash of cognac, a drink so rich that one is plenty.
From NPR’s the salt: The second instalment of The Hobbit will soon be at a cinema near you, and what better way to celebrate than with a Lord of the Rings marathon complete with food based on Middle-Earth delicacies?
One more from the salt: Preliminary evidence that a plant-based diet is good for those microbes that lurk in the gut.
From the New York Times: Promising research that organic milk really is better for you than conventional milk.
From the blog Craftivist in the Kitchen: A response to my post on celebrating Christmas. Shari also shares her Christmas traditions.
Another point of view about Christmas from the blog Ben Hewitt: Ben explains why he doesn’t celebrate Christmas. Instead, his family celebrates the winter solstice.
From the Portland Press Herald: Meredith Goad gives mouth-watering recommendations for “local gift ideas for the foodie on your list.” I’ve already tried one of the olive oils—the Meyer lemon—from Fiore, and it was terrific. And I must admit that Harbor Candy Shop in Ogunquit is calling my name.