Favorites List (December 2011)

Favorites List (December 2011)

I like December more than most months. I like the tinsel, the twinkling lights, hot mugs of tea in the afternoons, and sparkling drinks later on. I like winter flowers, soft sweaters, shortbread (baked a few minutes too long, please), and a dash of Christmas Elvis. I start looking forward to the parade of citrus that isn't far off, and I daydream about places where snowflakes are native. The last few years I tend to get wintertime allergies, effectively balancing out a favorite month with one of my least favorite things :/ Anyhow, I thought I'd post this list on the early side this month, and then follow it up with a few favorite holiday recipes in the coming days. Hope you like:

- Paint pail mittens.

- Meg Ray | Miette

- Picasso | Life

- Rosemary Gin Fizzes

- Tis the season for thank-yous & handwritten letters.

- A year of beans.

- Erica Tanov fabric + magic.

- DIY gift tags

- Soba noodles this way.

- Travel zipper bags:

- The week she turned six.

- Take a class for fun. For ex: SFAI / Center for the Book / Little Flower School / June Taylor / Love Apple Farms / M+T

- This profile on David Kinch.

- Everyone needs a good pair.

- And a gold heart.

- Keep cozy.

- Chunky hand knits.

- Best-of: cookbooks / photo sites

-This salad.

- Canal House + Food52

- Pumpkin & Goat Cheese Hand-pies

- Watercolor Calendar

- And a great desk series (via Amanda H)

One last thing! I nearly forgot to thank all of you who came out to visit (& have books signed) at the Remodelista Holiday Market. It was wonderful to meet so many of you in person and to have your support. -h

Lead photo: There are three tiny trees, side-by-side, on my block exploding in wintertime flowers. I've been out everyday this week to take pictures of them.

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i recently discovered Canal House and am now obsessed, too!


I love these lists...the year of beans looks interesting.. and that wool blanket - luscious! My art desk is such a mess -- I'd have to do some real cleaning if I got on the from the desk of... site!


Love that blanket! It looks so warm!

Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar

An inspiring list as always. December always seems to be a month I overlook when thinking of favorite times of the year, but by the time it comes I'm craving the coziness it brings! Happy Holidays to you, Heidi.


always love your lists.

lynn @ the actor's diet

I am dying to get the year of beans for Christmas. I might buy it for myself if I don't. I emailed them to make sure it would be available after Christmas in case I want to order it. (They said until Jan 6th.)

I love your favorites list, but I always miss the recipe. Thanks for including some recipes as favorites! I'm going to try the brussels sprouts and the soba noodles :)


It's hard for me to read lists like this without hearing Julie Andrews singing in the background. :) I love your lists as they lead me to interesting places.

If I were to post a favourites list, your blog would be on mine. :)


Happy holidays! I'm having winter allergies too- what is up?! There are so many good things on your list. I cherish all my volumes of Canal House Cooking and it's a great deal over at Food52. I'm trying to slow down and savor December for all the magic and holiday fun in the kitchen. It's been snowy and very cold here in Colorado-perfect for the holiday spirit!

la domestique

I love the sprouted kitchen! I saw their soba noodle post and shared it with a few of my close foodie friends... I think I got them hooked!

sweet road

I love your monthly faves and hits!

Also fun to go on a little clickfest that's going to start right now...


Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga

thanks for the great links! i love the disposable camera + album idea!


My mother and I are sharing a year of beans! I'm so incredibly excited – there was audible yipping that happened. Most people don't quite understand :)

Sam @ The Second Lunch

What a lovely list- something to read, something to do, something to make, and (most importantly), something to eat! Those pumpkin and goat cheese pies look delicious!


love the camellias... I don't have any right now so I forget that their time starts now... a bonus for being somewhere where snowflakes are not native.


Only a foodie would be drooling and wishing for the year of beans!! I just knew your cookbook had to be on that best list. You probably do not even realize how many people you inspire--THANK YOU for always being willing to share your ideas and for the teaching techniques.


December is one of my favorite months too! It's just so warm and cozy - makes you want to curl up with a blanket, a good book and a glass of wine. Those hand pies look delicious! Can't wait to try them.

Anjali Shah @ The Picky Eater

Ohh! The year of beans sounds fun. Too bad they only deliver to the US. Would be fun to discover some new beans. Not to mention they're so good for you.

I love chunky knits. I hope to learn more than just knitting rectangle items (eg: scarves) and knit more fun stuff like mittens/ toques... one day.


I saw those soba noodles and definitely want to try that recipe- did you also see the article she linked to in the post? I love it :)

Simply Life

Particularly spectacular list Heidi--Merry Christmas, and thank you.


Greetings Heidi
Thank you for the list


Isn't Canal House magical? The thought of those books makes me smile.

Brian @ A Thought For Food

Aren't those paint pail mittens whimsical? I've already made one pair as a holiday gift since the tutorial went up!

Monika {wcv}

Great list! Thanks for sharing!

Marina {YummyMummyKitchen.com}

Great List. The holidays create so many wonderful memories with great foods and recipes. My mother would make us crepes every year.


Yes I love cooking a lot


oh, they are camelias. God i miss california some days...

winter blue

Love your work!!! Such a honor to be in this list! The hand-pies are sending you a hug :)


Heidi, I saw your book for sale in a garden shop in Brooklyn the other day --- so great! Congratulations! just wanted to say that I think you provide a great service. Every time I need to find a quick, easy, delicious meal based on the random ingredients I have at home and something special from the greenmarket, I go straight to 101cookbooks.


You share so much with seemingly effortless grace. I've never been touched by your work, which is clearly "you," without feeling better for it.

Leigh Kramer

I am a huge fan of your "favorites" posts. My only suggestion is that you "target" the links open to a new page so that I don't have to constantly backtrack to return to your page.


Just discovered 10 new cookbooks I have to have (and now I think I need a whole new room in my house just for cookbooks) and I think after reading this my inbox from new site subscriptions is going to be exploding. Thanks Heidi... love all the favs.


Dear Heidi,
Thanks for sharing a little bit of your life with us. I love your lists, your recipes and the pictures you take. You inspire me in so many ways!
xo, Aline


Is that tree a Stewartia, I wonder. What is the temperature where you live? I just bought (I'm in Northern Massachusetts) one and hope its blooms will look like these next summer.


liv blumer

Thank you! I just ate my lunch while reading all your favorites. It was most entertaining and very informative. I've got some great ideas for my Christmas list (how perfect to have a year of beans!).

Kathleen Curran-Cheng

You rock heidi -You deserve all the support for your wonderful blog


Best Favorites List ever!!!


Such a fun list. Love it, Heidi. Happy Holidays!

The Healthy Apple

oh heidi, your lists are always grand, but this one is especially fine. loved, especially, the miette link, alder co. (new to me!), and the office shots. went down THAT rabbit hole awhile...

happy holidays to you1


great list. To celebrate my birthday I am taking my 6 year old granddaughter and her friend to the "Nutcracker and the Mouse King" ballet this Sunday afternoon, with a tea party at Grandma's house first. The disposable camera idea is perfect for them to record the day. Thank you.

Susan Lawrence

December is my most favorite season of the year, too, with lots of happy events and scrumptious food to enjoy! Thanks for the inspirational monthly list!


Thanks for sharing your inspirations, Heidi! Was great meeting you [finally] and getting my books signed. Loved the market!


Thank you :) I've been ready for another bowl of those noodles, wish we were neighbors so you could stop by to share!


You rock heidi -You deserve all the support for your wonderful blog and
Best Favorites List ever!!!


I love your perspective and focus! I have followed your blog and made many of your recipes which I lov totally enjoy. Thank you for sharing! I would like to put a link of your web page on my web page (www.stocktonyoga.com) as your recipes help support health and wellness, yet are tasty and good for the soul!
om namaste:)


I love that video of Meg Ray from Miette. Whenever I need inspiration I watch it. I find her and the video just so whimsical!


This looks really great:) Thank you for sharing:) :)


Tremendous idea! Thank you. Like your favorite list too.

Sandra M. Hagan

How to know an item was a hit: My eyes flew towards the screen cartoon-style on the words "Rosemary Gin Fizzes", my fingers with a mind of their own clicked the link and continued to stare and wonder how long the rosemary has been in my fridge and is it still viable, because baby, I need that rosemary gin fizz! Thanks for the list :)

kale @ tastes good to me!

i always love your lists. i just wanted to say i'm turning 26 in a matter of minutes and truly you have inspired me for this coming year! i'm waiting for cupcakes to cool as i look at your blog :) and the discoveries are endless. thanks for all you do. I hope you have a magical Holiday season!


Shortbread, native snow, pumpkin and goat cheese hand pies---I think you should rewrite the song "My Favorite Things" with the content of this blog post. Love it! :)

Ruth @ the tasty tRuth

I'm always on the hunt for good calendars, and I haven't had much luck this year. I like Linda & Harriet's. Have you run across any others?


Always wonderful going through your favorites list... couldn't agree more about the inclusion of Olga's Gin Fizz.

Brian @ A Thought For Food

Heidi, thank you so much for your wonderful recipes!! I'm in grad school right now studying for finals, and tonight I took a break and made your wonderful tempeh curry. It has become one of my absolute favorite meals!! I find myself turning to it again and again when I need a little comfort food, but also something clean and healthy. Tonight it was perfect and gave me the kick I needed to get back to the books. Again, thank you. I get inspired reading your blog!!

HS Thanks for the nice note Kelly! Glad I could help.

kelly. k.

I was very excited to see travel zipper bags - these might be perfect for my mother who is impossible to buy for..... but the link was a malicious site and would not go through for me.
Any chance you can list what the brand is?


Wow, the rosemary gin fizz... I remember this recipe from F&W and used it as a christmas party cocktail when I was single and 30, living in Denver. What a fun memory! Thanks!

rugged filly



Already had those soba noodles on my must-make list. It's going to have to be sooner than later, I think. I am so smitten by that Nectar blog - so much color and light! Fabulous list!

Elizabeth @ Coppertop Kitchen

Heidi! Always love your favorites list. Thanks for a great year of sharing!

Happy Christmas and Merry New Year!


Wow Heidi! This list is amazing! The selfmade tags are really nice. The winter squash salad I alreadt tryed and it's delicious. I wish you a Merry Chsitmas and a Happy New Year!

Sydney Kitchens

A lovely list :) I adore December also, but for me in Australia it means sunshine, gin and tonics, long days at the beach reading books and seafood on the barbeque. Merry Christmas!
Heidi xo

Heidi - Apples Under My Bed

Dear Heidi,

You mentioned all the things you like about December, but not one time did you mention Jesus! I like Jesus, not only in December but every month of the year!


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