Salad detox, food gifts, fruitcake

This is an archived issue of our Almanac.com Companion email newsletter.

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)

 

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Gifts from the Kitchen

Homemade Gifts From the Kitchen
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10 Salads That Are Hearty and Healthy
Salads for Holiday Detox!

10 Salads That Are Hearty and Healthy
Want a healthy salad that’s also satisfying? Here are 10 salad recipes that are filling and hearty enough to be eaten as a meal, but could also be a side dish. These salad recipes highlight fresh fruit and vegetables, great grains, and proteins.

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Festive Fruitcake Recipes
Delicious Fruitcake Recipes

Festive Fruitcake Recipes
It is the hour of the fruitcake! While there are some truly terrible fruitcakes, you need to try this holiday classic at its best. We have gathered four delicious fruitcake recipes that are sure to change your ideas about this iconic Christmas cake. 

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Who is St. Nick?

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Was Saint Nicholas a real person? Is he the true Santa Claus and Father Christmas? Find out about the history of St. Nicholas Day and the traditions associated with this holiday (leave out those shoes!).

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