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Ms. Elaine Kneeous

Jennifer is a one in a million stay-at-home mom. (More like one OF a million stay at home moms!) She graduated from a liberal arts college but there is nothing liberal OR artsy about her. She is married to Kevin Fischer of This Just In, and together they have a beautiful young daughter Kyla Audrey. In no particular order she loves dogs, wine, a good bargain, her family, pizza, and entertaining. Follow her blog of all things miscellaneous including but not limited to cooking and baking, entertaining and party planning, being a mommy, and homekeeping.

Culinary yes-yes #58

Friends and family enjoy my cooking and especially my holiday baking.  Why?  While I’d like to think I could leave any professional chef in the dust, most likely it’s due mostly to the ingredients I use.  I never, EVER, cook or bake low-fat, high-fiber, low-sodium, intentionally healthy anything.  I use real ingredients:  butter, sour cream, sugar, flour.  Those pantry staples aren’t pumped full of chemicals and altered states just to save a few calories.  My food, particularly my Christmas cookies, are proof that “old fashioned” is still the best.

My point?  I don’t count calories during mid-November through the beginning of January.  (Actually I don’t ever count calories.  And I honestly don’t gain weight in this six-to-eight-week stretch.)  Articles, way too many of them, are screaming at you:  “How to avoid gaining weight during the holidays…”  “Don’t abandon your diet this Christmas…”  “Top 10 tips to keep you in shape this Thanksgiving…”  Bleh.

I prefer to subscribe to the theories of this blogger…  In a nutshell:  You’re not going to gain 100 pounds in six weeks; be aware of what you eat the REST of the year and not just Turkey Day and Christmas; and most importantly ENJOY yourself.  The details.

There have been only two times in my life when I gained a considerable amount of weight.  The first time was my first “real” job out of college.  My coworkers and I were so miserable in our work that to make up for it, we ate.  A lot.  We planned pot lucks, brought in treats almost every day, and generally drowned our sorrows in calories.  The second time was my pregnancy.  Eventually I lost all the weight I gained through common-sense eating and moderate exercise.  That was it.  No magic formula, and certainly no deprivation.  And neither of these occasions involved fall/winter holidays.





For years, I have eaten what I enjoy.  I don’t put anything on a “never eat” list and my exercise routine has never involved more than a daily two-mile walk and moderate weight lifting.  These days it’s simply chasing my nearly five-year-old daughter around.  I love food too much, love LIFE too much, to skimp on anything.  Skip the cake, get hit by a bus is my theory.  Not quite as eloquent, but similar to, the way French women live.

Perhaps this blog comes too late in the 2013 holiday season to change your mind about how and what you eat.  But it’s timeless advice that could certainly increase your enjoyment for next year.  Do you want to spend your entire life saying, “Oh, I really shouldn’t…” to some little morsel of merriment, a speck of nirvana that is NOT going to triple your pants size over night?  Not me.  And not Michael Ruhlman either.

Enjoying family, friends, AND food especially during the holidays?  Just might be the biggest Culinary Yes Yes yet!




Festive funny…  How to eat:  Christmas dinner


Given the weather in SE Wisconsin the last 24 hours, this is a must-do.    FYI Kyla and I tried it tonight and she LOVED it!


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