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Christmas: A Picture and a Recipe (and Green & Red Socks)

By Nancymccarroll
Christmas: A Picture and a Recipe (and Green & Red Socks)Raphael Raffaello Sanzio da Urbino (1483–1520), Detail of Angel c 1499-1502
Let's call them Christmas Socks.  The pattern is L.Linneman's, free on Ravelry and found at this site.  The technique used is called "afterthought heel" in that the sock is knit as a tube, and then the heel is put in after the tube has been completed.  A YouTube video found here helps in learning how to knit the afterthought heel.
Christmas: A Picture and a Recipe (and Green & Red Socks)
Christmas: A Picture and a Recipe (and Green & Red Socks)Christmas: A Picture and a Recipe (and Green & Red Socks)
And on another note:
Christmas: A Picture and a Recipe (and Green & Red Socks)Christmas cookie baking this year in the Kinsey-McCarroll household has been a bit spare. One batch turned out acceptably.  That term is used loosely.  They were acceptable in that eating just one cookie would fill your tummy for the entire morning...a little too loaded with every dried fruit in the cupboard, with chocolate to boot.  So next on the baking agenda are some lighter, fluffier cookies.
My friend Natalie liked these little jewels, so I tracked down the recipe, courtesy of King Arthur Flour.
Christmas: A Picture and a Recipe (and Green & Red Socks)
Soft and Chewy Vanilla-Orange Cranberry Cookies
These cookies remain beautifully soft for days, and their flavor is outstanding: bold orange and cranberry, complemented by a hint of aromatic vanilla.1/2 cup (8 tablespoons) butter
3/4 cup sugar
grated peel of 1 medium to large orange
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 large egg
1 1/2 cups Flour
2 cups dried cranberries; or a mixture of dried cranberries and toasted chopped walnuts or pecans
read more for how-to's:
1) Preheat the oven to 425°F. Lightly grease two baking sheets, or line them with parchment.
2) In a large bowl, beat together the butter, sugar, orange peel, vanilla, baking powder, and salt.
3) Beat in the egg. The mixture may look slightly curdled; that's OK.
4) Add the flour and dried cranberries (or cranberries and nuts), stirring until well combined.
5) Drop the dough by heaping teaspoonfuls onto the baking sheets, leaving about 1 1/2" between them. A level teaspoon cookie scoop works very well here; dough balls will be about 1 1/4" in diameter. Using the flat bottom of a glass dipped in sugar, flatten the cookies slightly, to a scant 1/2" thick.
6) Bake the cookies for 6 to 7 minutes, until they're barely set, and a light golden brown around the edges. Don't over-bake; if you do, the cookies will be hard, not soft and chewy. Gently lift one of the cookies and look at the bottom; if you've used parchment, it shouldn't be brown. If you're baking on a dark cookie sheet without parchment, it should be light (not dark) brown.
7) Remove the cookies from the oven, and cool them right on the pan. If you need a pan to bake the remainder of the cookies, give the cookies about 5 minutes to set before transferring them to a rack to cool completely.
Yield: about 4 dozen cookies.

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