On my way to Spain to finish up my Master’s degree, I fell prey to one of my great weaknesses: buying everything in sight at the airport. When you travel alone internationally, you really don’t have many other choices. You are required to show up hours early then wander around the terminals amidst happy displays of tourist gear and snacks, bars and miniature shopping centers. So I’ve now started budgeting my time in the airport into my travel spending plans. Know thyself.
This time around, I impulse bought the Gourmet Magazine Holiday Special. I was in love with Gourmet Magazine, then they shut down. So when I saw that familiar calligraphy on the stand while I bought my anti-ear-squeeze gum for the plane, I snatched it up without an ounce of remorse. Totally worth it. It’s a compendium of holiday favorites from years past, and since I came to the game late, a lot of the recipes are new to me, though not all.
One of the recipes was for a delicious eggnog and cranberry cheesecake, which I attempted as my first every cheesecake. Visually, it was a disaster. But the flavor came out so beautifully, it’s already queued up as my next attempt – I’ll post it then. But what did come out beautifully was the cranberry jam component, which ended up doing double duty as our cranberry sauce for Thanksgiving. It was so good, I snatched up the cranberries when they went on sale to stick in the freezer for future batches. I did jazz it up ever so slightly, but this is a soul-warmingly good balance of tart and sweet and perfect for any winter table, holiday feast or otherwise.