Category Archives: HOLIDAYS

HOMEMADE for the HOLIDAYS

  Gift wrapped in sugar and spice and everything nice, Sweet Leisure brings you some sensational, truly terrific, and downright delicious recipes that you can make for happy holiday indulging. Click below for:   GOOD, GRAND AND GROOVY GOURMET GIFTS TO GIVE Peanut Butter cookies, Hot Cocoa Cake, Coffee Rub, Spiced Pecans, Sponge Candy and Pompelmocello. […]

CRANBERRY SALAD FROM BARBARA GIBBS OSTMANN

Barbara Gibbs Ostmann and I have been friends for so long that I don’t remember how we met. I think it was when she first became food editor of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch sometime in the mid 1970s. She interviewed me about my cooking school for kids and then subsequently hired me to freelance, not […]

FABULOUS FEAST FOOD FOR THANKSGIVING

In the spirit of Thanksgiving past, present and future, Sweet Leisure revisits a cornucopia of recipes so that you can fill your table with fun, festive and frankly fabulous feast food.   HARVEST VEGETABLE SOUP A simple, special, superb, savory soup that combines the best of the season’s harvest to jump start a sumptuous feast. […]

YALANCHI SARMA by NANCY MEHAGIAN

Nancy Mehagian filled her life with an abundance of travel, sex, drugs and food. For a peek at her passion-filled, delicious life and a copy of her favorite recipe for Yalanchi Sarma (chilled Stuffed Grape leaves), read on:

KNEE PATCHES

Kellie Conklin White shares her grandmother’s recipe for Knee Patches. A sweet and crunch, cinnamon and sugar pastry that her grandmother would make for Easter.

THE SOUTHERN GRIND COFFEE HOUSE’S BUTTERCREAM SUGAR COOKIES

The buttercream sugar cookies from The Southern Grind Coffee House in Gulf Shores, Alabama are as delicious as they are beautiful. The recipe can be altered to make perfect holiday cookies including those for Easter, Christmas and the Fourth of July. The Gulf Shores/Orange Beach area includes many other delights, including oysters, a georgous beach, and The Lodge at Gulf State Park.

BEST EVER SUGAR BAKED HOLIDAY HAM RECIPE

Ta-Da! Drum roll please! And now, dear readers, I’m going to share my secret family recipe for the best ever (really really succulent and delicious) sugar baked holiday ham. BEST EVER SUGAR BAKED HOLIDAY HAM Yield: Plan on serving 1/2 to 3/4 pound per person, but buy enough to have leftovers. This ham makes fabulous […]

10 THINGS TO LOVE ABOUT LONDON IN DECEMBER

CHRISTMAS DECOR. HERE. THERE. EVERYWHERE.     WARMING AND LINGERING AT LONDON’S TOP INDOOR ATTRACTIONS           THEATRE   AFTERNOON TEA WITH A HOLIDAY THEME   ONE-STOP CHRISTMAS SHOPPING   PUBS, PUB GRUB AND HAPPY PEOPLE    FULL ENGLISH BREAKFAST   POP UP ICE RINKS AND MERRY GO ROUNDS   COSY HOTEL […]

GIFTS THAT GIVE

Making a list? Checking it thrice? Want to give something that triple-dips nice? Then read on for special stores that can make shopping a breeze, provide enough choice to please a Santa load of recipients and help ease the lives of families around the world. For gift-giving at its win win win best, click in, fill […]

THE TRAILS, GRIFFITH PARK, L.A.

The Trails is an insider’s favorite place to stop for breakfast, lunch, coffee and/or tea before or after hiking in Griffith Park (Los Angeles),