Champagne Author Ute Carbone visits today. She shares her family’s traditional German Christmas treat and blurbs of her current and upcoming books.
I grew up in a German American family where Christmas was the most special and magical of holidays. Among the many traditions we followed, baking Christmas cookies was always a favorite. My grandmother (Oma) used to make lebkuchen, a German version of gingerbread. She would decorate the cookies and hang them on the tree. On the sixth of January, the tree would be “plundered” and the lebkuchen eaten. You can make your own lebkuchen. Here’s the recipe:
3 cups flour 1 tsp. nutmeg
1 tsp. cinnamon ½ tsp. baking soda
½ tsp. cloves ½ tsp. allspice
1 egg 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
½ cup honey 1 cup dark molasses
½ cup almonds (optional) ½ cup candied fruit (optional)
1 slightly beaten egg white 1 ½ cups powdered sugar
1 tsp lemon juice Dash of salt
- Sift together dry ingredients, set aside
- Beat egg in separate bowl
- Add brown sugar to egg and beat until fluffy
- Stir in honey and molasses. Beat until well mixed
- Add dry ingredients. Combine well
- Chill overnight
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees
- Roll chilled dough on floured surface. Cut into desired shapes. (Make a small hole at the top of each cookie if you want to hang them on the tree)
- Place 2 inches apart on a greased cookie sheet and bake for 12 minutes.
- Let cookies cool
- Make lemon glaze by combining all the ingredients and mixing well.
- Brush cookies with glaze. Decorate as desired.
The P-TOWN Queen
Nikki Silva thinks she’s blown up her life. Divorced, funding for her shark research cut off, she’s moved back to Provincetown to live with her father. Nikki’s written a grant proposal funded by a commission run by her ex-husband Ned, who would rather not give money to his ex-wife. Marco Tornetti wants to turn a Newark spaghetti joint into a trendy bistro. His silent partner, Fat Phil Lagosa, wants to use the place to solicit questionable business deals. When Fat Phil turns on Marco and has him marked for a hit, Marco knows he’s in too deep. Marco escapes the hit man and takes the first bus out of the city. Marco figures that Phil would never look for him in Provincetown‘s gay community. But when he meets Nikki, he finds that pretending to be gay isn’t as easy as it would seem.
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Coming in January
India Othmar isn’t having a great year. Her husband of thirty-one years has left her for their son’s ex-girlfriend. Her grown children have moved home. Her best friend Eva seems determined to set her up with every oddball in their small Massachusettstown. And her most significant relationship these days is with Cherry Garcia.
But Indiais more resilient than she thinks. And though it will take a broken arm, a lawn littered with engine parts, some creative uses for shoes, and a scandalous love affair of her own, she learns, much to her surprise, that her life hasn’t ended with her marriage.
Visit Ute’s webpage at: http://www.UteCarbone.com
Tomorrow, Author Ceci Giltenan