Karen Sala

Karen Sala

Slow down, breathe and enjoy Christmas

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By Karen Sala

Your correspondent in Gage Park

(773) 471-1429 • [email protected]

Ho Ho Ho! Merry Christmas!

I hope everyone has a wonderful, happy and safe Christmas. Merry Christmas to my Greater Southwest News-Herald family. Thank you for the Christmas cards, I loved every one of them. Please be safe whatever you do and wherever you go. You have to be so aware of your surroundings now. Slow down, breathe and enjoy.

I still have cookie dough in the fridge and not a pierogi in sight. I did manage to bake kolachki. Every year, time just gets away from me.

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Cookies have been around since the 7th century. They didn’t become really popular in the United States until the railroads were built. That gave people better access to things like sugar and coconut.

The first chocolate chip cookie was invented by Ruth Wakefield in 1937. She ran the Toll House restaurant in Massachusetts. They were originally called Butter Drop Do cookies. The recipe called for baker’s chocolate. She was out of that but did have a chocolate bar. She chopped it up and added it to her cookie dough. She thought the chocolate would melt but it kept its shape and created a stir.

Betty Crocker used the recipe on her radio series. Ruth and Betty Crocker struck a deal to print the recipe and call it the Toll House Cookie. The company also developed a chocolate bar with scored lines and a tool to make it easier to break up the bar. Part of the deal was that Ruth was supplied with chocolate for the rest of her life.

Now we have hundred and hundreds of cookie recipes. and everyone’s mom made the best ones. If you are lucky enough to still have your mother, take the time to bake with her and write down those precious recipes. Once she is gone, they are gone, too. Don’t just stop at the cookie recipe. Get all the recipes you can while you can. My cousin and I always talk about food our moms and aunts made that we just cannot figure out how to duplicate.

We will be getting together on Christmas Day because I have to work late on Christmas Eve. I am looking forward to seeing Alex open his presents and trying to thinks of new tricks to play on Timmy. We have retired the Saran Wrap ball this year. It was fun, but took a lot of work. Maybe we will bring it back when the kids are older. We will replace it this year with a card game.

I have to check out Carnitas Uruapan, 2813 W, 55th St. Steve Dolinski from NBC Channel 5 stopped by the other day to sample their tamales and corundas. A corunda is a different type of tamale. It’s triangular, wrapped in fresh corn husks instead of died and usually contain no filling. This isn’t the first time Steve has been there. He always gives it great reviews. You may also recall Carnitas Uruapan was the subject of a feature story right here in the Greater Southwest News-Herald back in March 2019, when they first opened their Gage Park location. I am going to make it a New Year’s resolution to stop in and try their food.

Be safe. I’ll see you next year.

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