Winter Blogfest: Stacey Wilk

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Holiday Traditions

I love dessert. It’s my favorite meal. In fact, if I could eat sweets instead of real food, I would. My sweet tooth lends itself to my fancy for baking. If you ask me to bake you anything, I will. If you ask me to make you dinner, my skin starts to crawl, my eye twitches and suddenly the idea of cutting the grass with a pair of scissors becomes very appealing.

Christmastime provides me a good excuse to stretch my baking wings. All the possible cookie choices! Some years I make more than others, but every year I make Tarallis. Those are Italian buttery cookies my family has made for decades. The Tarallis are a popular southern Italy cookie (my baking family is from Calabria) and can be made in varying ways. Understand that my way is best. That’s why I won’t link you to someone else’s site about them. So, if you’re interested in learning more about these or other Italian cookies, you’re on your own this time.

Why are mine the best? Because of my grandfather. Pop-Pop was a baker by trade and an excellent one. (I’m not showing favoritism either. Anyone who ate his pastries and cakes would have told you the same.) He was also one of my favorite people in the whole world. He taught me how to bake. (Among other things like how to drive and to stay away from boys. Though I didn’t listen on that last one.) He taught me to bake by marching over, assessing my progress, grabbing whatever was in my hand and saying in his heavy Italian accent only strangers heard and with complete love, “What are you doing? Let me do that.” That was when I took a step back and handled the clean-up.

I lost him twenty years ago. Christmas and those Tarallis give me an excuse to bake and when I bake, I feel like I’m spending time with him. He is the person I think of as I crack an egg, or line a pan with parchment paper, or make sure I stir in only one direction. I don’t like to let this time of year go by without baking something. If I had my way, he’d be baking with me (though he’d be 98 now. Not sure how much baking he’d be doing.) But having him to bake with now, is not the way the story goes. Instead, my holiday tradition has been to bake in his memory and hopefully the results would do him proud.

What are your holiday traditions? What makes your holiday complete? Who do you share them with?

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Stacey Wilk wrote her first novel in middle school to quiet the characters in her head. It was that or let them out to eat the cannolis, and she wasn’t sharing her grandfather’s Italian pastries.
Many years later her life took an adventurous turn when she gave birth to two different kinds of characters. She often sits in awe of their abilities to roll their eyes, stay-up all hours of the night, and misplace everything. She does share the cannolis with them for fear of having her fingers bitten off.
Because of the extraordinary characters in her home, including a king who surfaces after dark and for coffee, she writes novels in multiple genres about family, home, and second chances.
When she’s not creating stories in make-believe places, she can be found hanging with the cast members of her house or teaching others how to make make-believe worlds of their own.

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  1. Love the cover.

  2. Debra K Guyette says

    We made those cookies this year. Everyone loved them. I wonder how they would taste gluten free.

  3. Your Pop-Pop sounds like he was a very interesting person. I’m glad he taught you how to bake.

  4. My family’s holiday traditions include baking cookies, viewing the light displays, watching classic Christmas movies together, and reading ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas to the little ones on Christmas Eve.

  5. bernie wallace says

    The cookies on the photo look delicious. It made me hungry.

  6. My favorite tradition is opening gifts on Christmas Eve and spending time with the family.

  7. Jean Patton says

    I love baking cookies, shortbread and Christmas fudge. I am always trying out new recipes at this time of year.

  8. Shirley Emitt says

    My mom made the worst fudge, never knew what you were getting. Now everytime I make fudge I think of her, and smile.

  9. Wonderful memory. I don’t have a baking memory but I have Christmas jewelry my grandmother gave to me when I was young. When I wear those special pieces during the holidays, I feel like she is there with me.

  10. Mysti Holiday says

    I had more holiday traditions when I was single–my family was full of them. But my husband doesn’t love Christmas, so integrating mine was difficult. Now, mostly, we just listen to Christmas music and enjoy the tree. Your memories of Pop-Pop are amazing and a treasure to hold on to forever.

    • I understand where you’re coming from. My husband is Jewish. I found out I was pregnant with our first child three weeks after my grandfather passed away. I want his legacy to live on, so I bake. It’s never too late to start new traditions either.

  11. We make at least 6 kinds of cookies plus a sweet bread. It combines the traditions of both of our mothers, enjoying the cookies and treats we love best from both of them.

  12. Attending Church and spending time with family includes lunch and dinner.

    Small and Happy life.

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