Favorites List (12.20.12) Recipe

Squeezing in the last favorites list of 2012!

Favorites List (12.20.12)

I left everything related to Christmas to the last minute - for a lot of reasons, but mostly because this endearing little beast of a project. Christmas tree? We've been watching them spring up in the windows of neighbors for weeks. We finally went to get one. But, not joking, it was ten minutes before the lot closed for the season. They were backing up the chipper. So, for today, a favorites list. Hopefully a good one, to close out the year. And for those of you looking for holiday recipe inspiration from the archives? You can't go wrong with: gougeres, cinnamon buns, Christmas cookies (particularly these triple ginger cookies, or black sticky gingerbread).

- Bulgarian Rose Oil production (via Tammy Frazer)

- This American Life Story Globe

- Boozy Whole Grain Eggnog Loaf

- Dream house: Ibiza

- High Protection Winter Tea

- Dorie.

- Sounds of the Soil

- Daido Moriyama | William Klein

- Yoshida Martini

- Mythical Mykonos

- The Philospher Chef

- ITEM IDEM + Leif Hedendal @ Art Basel NADA

- Make your own clay tags.

- Craving something like this right now.

- Colonel Meow

- What's Cookin'

- 2 Solitudes | Raymond Meeks

- Watching this | Next on my reading list.

Happiest holidays to each and every one of you.

Lead image: A few of the photos I shot in India (in need of scanning)...and, in the meantime, here's a set of 25 India shots from Wayne's camera. xo -h

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Love the colors in your photos from India. I was there exactly a year ago and it was one of the most beautiful experiences. May I ask what kind of camera you used while traveling?

HS: Hi Emily, thanks! – I took an old Polaroid Land cam with me, and a little digi-cam.


Seeing those images you feel completely calm, you can see the beauty, everything stops and you just feel perfect inside you… So inspiring, for sure. Thanks for sharing that beauty!


The photos of India are beautiful. Interesting how everything seems different with the loud color missing. The light also seems such a different color than the time of year we were there. Thanks for sharing!

HS: xo Thanks Chanda.


Thank you so very much for including a link to Besotted! Love your blog (and books) to pieces!

Tristan B.

The India shots are beautiful! And some nice recipes there too! 🙂


Thanks Heidi. I love your lists. It’s like going on an Internet treasure hunt. I’m always introduced to something new and different.


Your pics from India are absolutely stunning! Can’t wait for you to post more.


Your triple ginger cookies—WOW! I have a ginger fiend in my household and he was completely satiated. And a big YES to the sea salt on top, as a complex complement to the sweet and spicy. Perfectly chewy too, which is what I crave in a cookie. Thank you for everything, and Happy Holidays!


Your Favorites posts are such a treat!
I try to savor each one, but end up with a rainbow of tabs open, mouth agape, clicking back and forth with childlike joy.
Thank you.


I always love your “favorites” posts. Love the video about making rose oil. I make homemade soap, and genuine rose oil costs a small fortune – now I know why. “Tiny furniture” looks great! Happy Holidays!
HS: I so love that video – glad you enjoyed it too Tracy.

Tracy A.

In regards to your Basel Miami post:
Do you know of the artist Rirkrit Tiravanija? He was part of the Relational Aesthetics art movement of the 90’s: he’s most known for serving free Thai curry from 303 Gallery in NY, “Untitled 1992 (Free)”, the sculptural-performance piece was the process of participation of the viewer within the art work, building relationships with others, and the relationships between individuals the art work as well. A recreation of this was at the MoMA NY this past Jan.
He’s still doing food-type installations- last year at Art Basel 42 (Swiss) he had a new installation that focused on the Middle East. He also explores the idea of identity through food and travel.
Some links if you’re interested:

HS: Oh! Thanks for the great links Maggie!


So, I just spent a lovely Friday evening which began with “a high protection winter tea”. CarolineW truly carried me away!


Colonel Meow….well Merry Christmas right there. Spot on!


I am so glad you pulled from your archives the black sticky gingerbread recipe… great idea. I think I have to try that one.
Happy Holidays and all the best for a lovely New Year.

Kelly Turnbull

Your ‘Favorites’ lists are always…well, one of my favorites! I love your and Wayne’s photos of India, they are so beautiful! Have a wonderful Christmas!

HS: Thanks Addy! Happy holidays to you as well.

Addy @ Six-Kick Switch

Lovely; I love your favorites!

The Healthy Apple

H: Your ‘little project’ was fantastic, I had to buy something from every pop up market you did. I love your blog, your sense of food, and you find some incredible products. And best of all, you share. I too await your blog postings. Whether a recipe or one of your lists, I always stop, grab a cup of coffee, and get ready for a good read. Thank you.

HS: Thank you Catherine. It is such a fun project. Your support is much appreciated. Happiest holidays.


As the year ends, this lurker who looks at your blog several times a week just wants to thank you for such thoughtful, helpful recipes for food and living, and wish you a peaceful holidays and a wonderful new year.

HS: Likewise Naomi. Here’s to making 2013 even better. Happy holidays. xo


Lovely post, and I actually enjoy the sense of “last moment-ness” that makes me panic at Christmas. Gets my adrenaline going!


The Sounds of Soil is so inspiring, really awesome!


Wow..so many nice recipes to choose from. Loving them and planning to bake something out of these. Love your blog for this Heidi.

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