Salad detox, food gifts, fruitcake

Daily Newsletter for Sunday, December 4, 2016

Dear Almanac readers, 

Between the great feasts of Thanksgiving and Christmas Day, enjoy some "salad days."  In this Companion, we share some hearty winter salad recipes—a sort of detox, if you will.

Paradoxically, we're starting to think about homemade food gifts—personal, useful, and always a delight.  Herb vinegar bottles make great gifts. Or, dare we give fruitcake? See some ideas below.

Hark! This coming Tuesday, December 6, is St. Nicholas Day. Throw a small party with glühwein (or, instead, hot cocoa!) and traditional sinterklaas ginger cookies!

With all good wishes,

Your Almanac Editors

Life is mostly froth and bubble,
Two things stand like stone,
KINDNESS in another's trouble,
COURAGE in your own
–Adam Lindsay Gordon (1833–70)

Sunday, December 4, 2016
339th day of the year

Jay-Z (hip hop artist) was born on this day in 1969.
Besse Cooper (worlds oldest person at time of her death) died on this day in 2012.

What the heck is a Garden Hod?
It was designed to harvest and wash vegetables and fruit easily, but it has hundreds of other uses, too!


Gifts from the Kitchen

Homemade Christmas Food Gift Ideas
Put your hands and handiwork into your gifts. Make holiday food gifts from the kitchen—from buttery Shortbread Cookies to Christmas Fruitcake to an easy Buche de Noel.
Animal Track Trivets

Functional and decorative, our trivet features the footprints of moose, deer, bear, wolf, and cougar. Trivet measures almost 8 inches in diameter and is laser-cut from high-quality birch plywood. 
Salads for Holiday Detox!

Eight Great Salad Recipes
When you announce “We’re having salad,” do you hear a collective groan? You’ll turn their groans into grins with these exciting—yes, exciting!—salad recipes.
Vejibag Vegetable Storage

SAVE 20% – No more slimy vegetables! 
Delicious Fruitcake Recipes

Warning: It’s Fruitcake Season!
Soon they will be upon us— hundreds of them. Sodden with alcohol, their massive bodies bulging with strange green protuberances, they will attack us at our homes, at our friends’ homes, at our offices. There is no escape! It is the hour of the fruitcake.
The Old Farmer's Almanac Everyday Baking | Save 50%

Enjoy 118 scrumptious recipes from celebrated baker Ken Haedrich.
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Easy Homemade Vinegars

How to Preserve Herbs, Vegetables and Fruit in Vinegars
Preserving crops in vinegars is a great way to capture the aromas of herbs and other home-grown produce.
Almanac Merriment Mulling Kit

SAVE 20% – Take the chill off! All the spices you need to make mulled cider and wine.
Who is St. Nick?

When Is St. Nicholas Day?
Was Saint Nicholas a real person? Actually, he was! Find out about the history of St. Nicholas (and St. Nicholas Day) as well as his ties to Santa Claus!
Mulling Spices Ornament

SAVE 23% – Colorful tin Christmas ornaments with tasty mulling spices and a recipe inside.