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Lugene Hudson

November 25, 2011

Culinary Conversation: It’s now time for Christmas cookies

NEW CASTLE — For me, it’s not too early to start baking Christmas cookies.

Thanksgiving is over, so why not?

I’m starting to bake this weekend.

Two special people request one cookie in particular each year. It seems to have sprouted lots of names — pillows, fold-overs and jam-filled cookies. I make them in batches, dividing the fillings between apricot and raspberry preserves and freezing them. This year, I’m still not sure what the rest of the cookie repertoire will be, but I just got some new ideas.

Santa came a little early at my house, bringing a new smartphone. Actually, it was a treat to myself from myself. It’s like a new toy for grown-ups and brings lots of fun applications to play with. Naturally, I headed straight for the cooking sites and found dozens of applications, some of which are free.

I always check the reviews of an application first before downloading it. If there are too many glitches, I stop right there. But when I discovered an app called Recipes and it downloaded smoothly, I was a happy customer.

Already, I am loving this app. It has so many useful components and the novelty of giving voice commands and immediately getting search results is a plus. There’s a home page, which can be adjusted as to color choices, a bookmark feature and categories such as forums and a segment on what’s new.

I went directly for the Christmas cookies.

Each recipe also indicates how many steps it involves, the number of ingredients and shopping lists.

There’s a first for everything so this column is my initial launch using an Android recipe app. It was very different reading off the phone as I typed. What would my grandmother think?

No matter how or where you receive a recipe, it all comes down to enjoyment.

Please share your favorite Christmas cookie or holiday recipe with Culinary Conversation.

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