Holidays at the White House and Leaving for Mexico

For someone like myself who likes things to look nice, but is far from fancy I watch this video of the prep of the Gingerbread white house and fireplace mantel….how long do you think it took that woman making the pinecones out of spun sugar to make them?  And did you see the windows, you don’t really get a good look but I think they made sugar pane windows and they transferred photos of people drinking cocktails and opening presents on them.

If you want more information, and I love this, the White House actually has an entire website dedicate to videos, decorating tips and recipes!!!!!! The ” Edible Cookie” recipe, yes it’s called “edible cookie” not a good start, it also calls for 2 pounds of flour so that is a BIG cookie recipe.  It’s meant to be molded in one of those fancy ye old cookie molds, which maybe pretty but I think I’d rather have a nice triple ginger spice cookie…still I love that they have recipes, it’s very cool.

The one below reminds me of our house, which already has a kosher kitchen, and what it takes to clean it up for passover. The reason they had to do this for Chanukkah is because it’s not a Kosher kitchen, in most Jewish homes Chanukkah is not a big deal and doesn’t require such a major transformation of the kitchen.  Which is a very good thing!

Finally I am leaving Friday (yes I am flying on Friday the 13th) for Mexico, first Oaxaca then my favorite holiday escape destination Puerto Vallarta.   If you have any suggestions or tips for me please, please, please let me know!  I will be blogging through the holidays about my travels with lots of alternative ideas about holiday food.   My first foray is tomorrows post which is a recipe for Lotus Chips and Spicy Red Curry Peanut Sauce!  It’s never too late to spice up the holidays!

About urbanfoodguy

I'm a self taught cook with a dedication to buying and eating food that is as humanely and sustainably raised as possible. Which is why in addition to recipes you will see a lot of environmental/political reporting here. I started cooking when I was about 6, it's something I always loved to do. Watching Graham Kerr - aka "The Galloping Gourmet" - was what got me started and I have never really looked back. Over the years I've been a private chef, a caterer, and a food stylist for magazines such as Bon Appétit, Food & Wine, Real Simple, Oprah, Martha Stewart's Everyday Food and many more. I've also worked in the prep kitchen for the Food Network on the Bobby Flay and Paula Deen shows. Now I work at home in my kitchen sharing with you here recipes that I create or that other people have created that inspire me and I think you will like. I love my neighborhood (the Lower East Side of Manhattan) and I love to travel. Because NYC is such a big place I tend to focus mostly on my 'hood and the ones that are close by: The East Village, Bowery, Chinatown and Williamsburg. My love of travel has no limits really, I'm always ready to get on a plane. I was lucky enough to have a business for many years that allowed me to spend a lot of time in South East Asia. These days I've been spending time in Mexico, Germany, Canada and the West Coast of the U.S., but check back you never know where I might end up. I do consulting, cooking classes, and freelance lifestyle writing so if you are interested please send me a note:
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