Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Holiday Eve Day

Happy Christmas and merry holidays, all.

Michael Sedano and the writers and guest columnists here at La Bloga thank you for reading La Bloga. We wish you a merry Christmas.

Winter Solstice Floricanto On-line at Facebook Link

The snow that deep December day that buried the middle and northeastern part of North America serves as a reminder why ancient gente honor and value the Winter Solstice. This is that deepest and darkest of December days, it's all uphill from here.

La Bloga friend Francisco X. Alarcón devoted a year's effort to bringing together 85 voices from around the world celebrating the Winter Solstice of 2013. Alarcón names it a Collective Winter Solstice Poem (Haiga). 

Francisco published the celebration at Facebook, asking his friends to share it widely. Click here to view the collection, share it with friends.

The Gluten-free Chicano
Marty Giffen Bakes Miracle Bread

It was a few days before Xmas and The Gluten-free Chicano's friend Marty Giffen baked gluten-free cranberry bread. I know because she brought it over to Casa Sedano and left one delectable, still warm from the oven.

I've bemoaned the failure of bread analogs to the point I ask my familia and friend not to trouble themselves to offer me a gluten-free cake or pie. No analog of bread satisfies, for several reasons, including crumb, texture, and flavor.

Marty's recipe is a paradigm shift in gluten-free baking. Tender crumb pleasing texture, an out-of-this-world flavor enhanced by the surprise and bite of fresh cranberries, baked to custardy softness. A sugar coating on top arrived slightly crispy, just the right crunch to remind a person how good wheat goods used to taste.

The Gluten-free Chicano returns next week, perhaps with Marty's recipe.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

To all at La Bloga, I wish the very best for the holidays and to all a Merry New Year!
Your blogs have informed, enlightened and encouraged me.
Blessings and respect to all!