Q& A

This month we asked our con­trib­u­tors, what treats do you love to give or re­ceive over the hol­i­day sea­son?

Western Living - - EDITOR’S NOTE -

I love to re­ceive clas­sic short­bread cook­ies—they just taste like the hol­i­days. Grow­ing up, I re­mem­ber watch­ing my mother cut the dough with an in­verted crys­tal sherry glass (it has a per­fect clean edge, she says). A piece of green or red maraschino cherry placed in the cen­tre is the es­sen­tial fin­ish­ing touch. Diss­ing fruit­cake is so last mil­len­nium; we’re past that, right? Thanks to a friend who, over 20 years, has not only per­fected a glo­ri­ous, nutty, maraschino- cherry-free fruit­cake but is happy to share her recipe, I now have a healthy(ish) ed­i­ble tra­di­tion that even my lit­tle kids and, per­haps more sur­pris­ing, my in- laws like. I make four round cakes, cut them into wedges and then mail them out, and they quash fruit­cake bias wher­ever they go. Be­hind the Scenes All hands were on deck as prop stylist Ni­cole Sjöstedt and food stylist Lawren Moneta made our ed­i­ble gifts fea­ture ("Twice as Nice," page 85) look pretty and per­fect for the hol­i­days.

R a e, “H i y Gi Gui ” 25

J “E y Does t” 74

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