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A Tail-Wagging Valentine's Day Anthology

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I promised you a recipe last week and forgot. L Here’s one my talented and generous friend, photographer Jackie Maxwell, shared with me:

Pistachio Cranberry Icebox Cookies

Gourmet | December 2006


(photo by: Romulo Yanes)

With their ruby cranberries and glittering sugar edges, these cookies look labor-intensive. But they're actually a host's best friend — keep the dough in your fridge, and they can be baked and served in half an hour.

Yield: Makes about 3 dozen cookies
Active Time: 20 min
Total Time: 2 1/2 hr

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 sticks (3/4 cup) unsalted butter, softened
1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
1/2 teaspoon finely grated fresh orange zest
1/2 cup shelled pistachios (2 1/4 oz; not dyed red)
1/3 cup dried cranberries (1 1/4 oz)
1 large egg, lightly beaten
1/4 cup decorative sugar (preferably coarse)

Special equipment: parchment paper

Make dough:

Stir together flour, cinnamon, and salt in a bowl.

Beat together butter, granulated sugar, and zest in a large bowl with an electric mixer at medium-high speed until pale and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Reduce speed to low and add flour mixture in 3 batches, mixing until dough just comes together in clumps, then mix in pistachios and cranberries. Gather and press dough together, then divide into 2 equal pieces. Using a sheet of plastic wrap or wax paper as an aid, form each piece of dough into a log about 1 1/2 inches in diameter. Square off long sides of each log to form a bar, then chill, wrapped in plastic wrap, until very firm, at least 2 hours.

Slice and bake cookies:

Put oven racks in upper and lower thirds of oven and preheat oven to 350°F. Line 2 large baking sheets with parchment paper.

Brush egg over all 4 long sides of bars (but not ends). Sprinkle decorative sugar on a separate sheet of parchment or wax paper and press bars into sugar, coating well.

Cut each bar crosswise into 1/4-inch-thick slices, rotating bar after cutting each slice to help keep square shape. (If dough gets too soft to slice, freeze bars briefly until firm.) Arrange cookies about 1/2 inch apart on lined baking sheets.

Bake cookies, switching position of sheets halfway through baking, until edges are pale golden, 15 to 18 minutes total. Transfer cookies from parchment to racks using a slotted spatula and cool completely.

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Last week's Q&A was: Do you have anything BIG planned for 2021? A trip, a wedding, a new book or series…um, that would be me…a new family member, etc.? Yes or No.

Your answers touched my heart. It appears we’ve all lost something—or someone—in 2020.

For me, it was my cousin, Linda Thompson-Sewell, who died of complications from Covid-19 on December 20 (my late father’s birthday). At 71, Linda was a vibrant creative who had a whole lot of living left to do. Unfortunately, the pandemic came around while she was being treated for cancer. She fought hard, but in the end, her body couldn’t get the upper hand.

Here is a poem written by her granddaughter, Danielle Kucera.

Grandma, I Know You’re Dancing

Grandma, I know you’re dancing
In the blue-green skies above
Holding your dear Daddy’s hand
Embracing his big arms and feeling so safe and loved.

Grandma, I know you’re so very happy
Visiting with your sweet mom in your rocking chair
Rocking and laughing about the good times
Catching up on so much, you two have so much to share.

Grandma, I know you are busy baking
The best rolls and bread that could ever be
Feeding your relatives with such honor and pride
And sipping on a big cup of hot tea

Grandma, I know you beading the prettiest things
And sewing what only most could dream
Your hands are busy and your heart is full
This is your time to shine and beam

Grandma, I know you already miss your grandchildren
And will keep us all safe and loved
Listening to our random rants and exciting news
Not here on earth but from the big sky above

Grandma, I know you will keep your children safe
And will give them signs you’re always near
Even if it’s from the beauty in the sunsets
Or the way the wind blows away their sorrow and tears

Grandma, but most of all, I know you’re dancing
With your beautiful fringe swaying in the breeze
Feeling so refreshed and free of pain and worries
Dance grandma forever, for as long as you shall please

Dani pictures her grandmother dancing. In my mind, I will always recall my “cuz” riding her pinto at breakneck speed around three barrels in a dusty rodeo area in Lower Brule, SD! She was a sight to behold! I gotta believe there’s barrel-racing in heaven.

My two randomly selected winners this week are:

Linda Iacobacci
Suzanne Jane

(Linda and Suzanne congrats. Please email me your pick of either a $5 Starbucks or a $5 Amazon gift card.)


This week’s Question is a bit more light-hearted. Have you started watching the Netflix series Bridgerton? (Asking for a friend—um…not really. I’m hooked and I’ve gotten my hubby hooked, too.)

(Two winners will be chosen by random drawing to receive either a $5 Starbucks gift card or a $5 Amazon gift card. Please reply the usual ways:
email or on my DebraSalonenAuthor Facebook page.)

Happy NEW YEAR! Let’s hope we can make this year as memorable in a good way as 2020 was memorable in a bad way.

Stay well, my friends, and happy reading,


Next week: Did we list? Fingers crossed.

Debra Salonen's Book List

Montana Blueprint for Love
Meet Me in Montana
All the Stars in Montana

Her Forever Cowboy
Never Say Never
Caleb's Christmas Wish
A Baby After All
Love, After All
That Cowboy's Forever Family
Forever and Ever, by George

Prince Charming Undercover
The Daddy Gamble
Risky Baby Business
A Match Made in Vegas

Montana Secret Santa
Sweet Summer's Kiss

Black Hills Baby
Black Hills Billionaire
Black Hills Bad Boy
Black Hills Bachelor
Black Hills Native Son
Black Hills Outcast
Black Hills White Knight
Black Hills Rancher
Black Hills Stranger
Black Hills Legacy

Montana Cowgirl
Montana Cowboy
Montana Darling
Montana Maverick
Montana Gift
Montana Miracle

Her Hero to Love
Her Rogue to Tame
Her Rebel to Kiss



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