Throughout December I get so excited about Christmas and New Year’s that I enter this sugar-induced gingersnap peppermint haze. Fudge at 10 am because a friend made some? Yes! Does eggnog pair well with cupcakes? Yes! Want to swim in a river of molten white chocolate and take a nap on a fluffy bed of cotton candy? YES! I feel like I’m on the Buddy the Elf diet, ” stick to the four major food groups: candy, candy canes, candy corns, and syrup.”
Enter January, and I want healthy, predictable meals that leave me feeling nourished. But they have to be dead simple to get on the table because my body is going through sugar withdrawl. The whole time I’m cooking, boxes of Milk Duds leftover from the kids’ stockings are calling from the cupboard, like the ghost of Christmas past – “Maaaaarrrriiiiaaa!” If I can’t have something ready in 20 minutes I’m done for.