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editor’s note

The other day I saw a towhead girl sitting on the lap of a mall Santa, sharing with much animation her wish list for Christmas.

read my thoughts.

It made me smile and start wondering what I used to share with Santa. Most likely I wasn’t so animated, as one can see in this picture of my sister, Kara, and me. According to my mother, I thought visiting Santa sounded fabulous until it was my turn. I’m told I didn’t talk much. Perhaps I assumed ol’ St. Nick could

Then I started wondering what I’d say these days if given the chance to pop a squat on Santa’s lap. Weirdness of that image aside, I would probably ask for more time. I’d request that he delay Rudolph and the gang a day or two. Maybe even split the trip into a couple of nights. The holidays come and go too quickly, and we’re all so focused on the preparations and the gift buying that we often forget to actually celebrate until it’s too late. If given this time, I would not use it to continuing hunting for holiday deals. I would not use it to frantically clean my house for guests who inevitably aren’t as concerned about the possible specks of dust on my mantel as I am. I would not use it to pick a fight with a relative. Instead, perhaps, I would pour a glass of wine and read an old Christmas classic by the fire. Maybe I’d get a group to go caroling (Does anyone do that anymore? Does anyone open the door to strangers anymore?) I could bake cookies for a neighbor. I could serve a hot meal to those in need.

EDITOR Kelsey DeClue COPY EDITOR Katharine Smith GRAPHIC DESIGNER Stephanie Otte WRITERS Crystal Henry Andrew Larson Ian McGriff Shannon Palmer Jennifer Willhite photographerS April Knox Joel Philippsen Stock Images Provided by Thinkstock

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What would you do with a little extra time? I know Santa isn’t going to grant my wish, so this year I’m going to grant it myself. Don’t worry, I won’t show up at your door shivering and singing off pitch; however I will take time for the little things that really matter.

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Love and happiness are choices we make, not things determined by our circumstances. And choosing them is the challenge we all face every day. Being a mom is the most difficult, amazing, scary and wonderful thing I get to do. Running keeps me (somewhat) sane. It’s the only time during the day that is just for me.

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By Shannon Palmer photos by photography by ellie and corey Jones Photography While the rest of us are deep into our REM sleep cycles, Nicole Pence is hitting the alarm clock and rising out of bed around 2:30 a.m. to start her day. She is the anchor for LEX 18 News at Sunrise in Lexington, Ky. A Columbus native, she is the daughter of Gregory and Denise Pence. As the oldest of four children, Nicole is a natural leader, and those qualities began to shine through as a child. Her mother recalls playtime at the Pence house when the children were young. “I had four children within five years, and the children were always very close and always had someone to play with. When they decided to play school, Nicole was the teacher. If they played house, she was the mommy. She was always a take-charge person, even at an early age,� Denise said. Graduating from Columbus North High School in 2002, Nicole was active in show choir, theater productions and cross country, as well as holding office as student body vice president. School involvement was one way to keep herself motivated and encourage others to accomplish their goals.


Nicole with siblings Lauren, John and Emily and parents, Denise and Greg.

Nicole recalls creating the “Stall Street Newsletter” while in high school, which she would hang in the bathrooms to relay happenings on campus. “It was my first shot at being ‘newsy,’ I guess,” she said with a laugh. She also would pen her favorite quote on school papers and projects and joked that her teachers would probably remember her doing so. “‘The man on top of the mountain didn’t just fall there,’” she said. “That has always been my favorite quote. I don’t know why, but I am a

firm believer in hard work, and if you set a goal, or even if you don’t know what the end goal is yet, work hard, and you will accomplish great things.” Morning person And working hard is paying off for Nicole, who reports to an audience of approximately 64,000 people five mornings a week. A graduate of DePauw University, she had internships in radio and television. Radio was her first love, but with a thespian background, television seemed to be a better fit. “I am one of those people that can’t sit still. I

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needed to do something that was different on a daily basis, and television news allows me that opportunity,” she said. While researching news stations and sending tapes, she wanted a position that would not take her too far away from her family and hometown. “I was adamant about being within five hours from home. Family is very important to me,” Nicole said. “I need them for support, and they need me.” She started out as a reporter for Indiana’s News Center (NBC/ABC) in Fort Wayne, and in 2008 she landed a position in Lexington as a reporter for WLEX, which included stints as a fill-in anchor when needed. december 2010 • she magazine

When the morning anchor left for maternity leave, Nicole was asked to take her spot temporarily. She became the permanent anchor in March. She said this is one example where things just turn out the way they are supposed to. The afternoon show was better for the former anchor when she had her baby, and Nicole soon adjusted to waking in the middle of the night to report to Kentucky’s early birds. Co-anchor Chris Goodman said working with Pence seems hardly that. “We sometimes have to remind ourselves that we are working during the show. It’s like hanging out with a good friend,” Goodman said. “It’s our job to try to help page 


people put a smile on their face as they start their day. It’s easy to do that with someone like Nicole, who often brings a smile to my face. She’s bright and chipper even at 4 a.m. But she also takes her job very seriously.” Goodman said Pence has come so far at such a young age because of her attitude. “She puts a lot of energy into her work and a lot of empathy as well,” he said. “She cares about the people she reports on every day. And it comes through loud and clear in her work.” A typical day One of the most challenging parts was getting used to the schedule. With a lights-out, self-imposed curfew of 7:30 p.m., she has no time for a normal social life. “I am the least social 20-something I know,” she said with a laugh. “But I’m a news junkie.” Nicole said she simply makes it work. “I don’t think about the oddity of my job. I think about how fun, challenging it is every day. There is never a copied day, a copied calendar — each day is its own.” She said she is blessed with great friends and a wonderful boyfriend, Brad, who understand her crazy schedule. “That’s the main thing I’ve learned about my job and about life. If you want something, value something, you make it work, no excuses. “I go out to dinner each weekend with friends, go to the Red River Gorge and hike, work out daily (or at least try to) and always make time to visit my family every three months or so.”

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“I don’t think about the oddity of my job. I think about how fun, challenging it is every day. There is never a copied day, a copied calendar — each day is its own.”

—Nicole Pence


Arriving at the studio by 3:30 a.m., she reviews She has been the hostess for several charity fundwhat happened throughout the evening, prepares raisers, has covered the Kentucky Derby and goes scripts for the broadcast and then updates LEX 18’s to schools to speak to children about the news. She website and Facebook pages. She is live at 5 a.m. admits to having thick skin to handle criticism. The show airs for two hours, and around 7:30 “I am never nervous in the morning, but one of a.m. she eats lunch and heads out to report on any the most nerve-racking parts of the day is putting breaking news or stories. She eventually has some my outfits together. I will have people sending me down time in the afternoon. messages on Facebook telling me they like my hair or that they don’t like “I have days like any“Know what you are trying to my outfit,” Nicole said. body else, when I am so stressed out, maybe On the bright side, beuncomfortable with ing part of the morning how I covered a story, achieve, and you will make it.” broadcast allows her to etc., but at the end of be more personable. a day I’m ready to get —Nicole Pence “You can laugh, and out of bed and do it all people want that in the again. I feel really blessed,” she said. morning,” she said. She also covers special events, with her team winWith two years left on her contract and in pursuit ning an Emmy nomination for its coverage of the of her master’s degree in public administration, she inauguration of President Barack Obama in 2009. is looking toward the future. “When I was covering the inauguration, I worked “Know what you are trying to achieve, and you 19 hours a day and basically just did not sleep,” Ni- will make it,” Nicole said. “For me this whole expecole said. “But it was fascinating.” rience has been very humbling.”

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Catering to her dream Former financial analyst enjoys challenge of working for herself By Crystal Henry Photos by April Knox Kasmawati Kamaruddin was climbing the corporate ladder quickly when she decided to hop off. She had a successful career as a financial analyst at Cummins Inc. She got along well with her co-workers and her boss, and the sky was the limit for her corporate career. “Seriously, I loved that job,” she said. But there was something missing in her life that she december 2010 • she magazine

couldn’t find in an office building. She’d worked at Cummins since 2000, but while pregnant with her third child she began to realize she needed more than an 8-to-5 job to make her feel fulfilled. The quest took her through a myriad of business ventures, landing on her childhood love of cuisine. A native of Malaysia, Kamaruddin has always enjoyed cooking for her friends, and she and her six page 13


“She always would make food for me. So I said, ‘Why don’t you get paid for it?’”

siblings grew up cooking with her mother in the family restaurant. She remembers staying up as a child until 3 a.m. making doughnuts and appetizers. Because of her finance background, she knew opening a restaurant was more of a commitment than she was willing to make initially. She needed to test the waters and see if there was a market for Malaysian food in Columbus. So with the help and moral support of her friends and family, she decided to try catering.

— Arine Hillery “She always would make food for me,” said friend Arine Hillery. “So I said, ‘Why don’t you get paid for it?’” Kamaruddin built a website and established a menu. She took her knowledge of product costs, overhead and other business and financial concerns that she used at Cummins, and opened Kas’s Kitchen. Now instead of waking up and getting ready for an office job, she cooks breakfast for her children, then dives into preparing food for the day’s deliveries.

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Family endeavor Kamaruddin said her children are also a big part of her success. Six-year-old Don-Kareem Tsaqib Shahreel, 3-yearold Donna-Falihah Shahreel and 1-yearold Donna-Fazirah Shahreel accompany her on deliveries and are always complimented on their behavior. “My kids really support me,” she said. “They feel the love.” The love they feel is the same Kamaruddin has for her food and her customers. “I don’t think about selling something,” she said. “I just love cooking Malaysian food.” Kamaruddin takes orders on her site, KasKitchen.webs.com. She posts a new menu each week, and she has a forum for members to offer suggestions. She has big dreams of expanding her business, including freezing her food and shipping it across the country. When Kamaruddin left Cummins, her husband, Shahreel Bujang, decided to move to California to help his sister with her restaurant and to supplement the family’s income during the start-up. Because of the time difference and his late restaurant schedule, she only gets to talk to her husband in the wee hours of the morning. But she said that time is important to stay connected. “Communication is everything,” she said. Shahreel Bujang shares advice he’s learned from his work in the restaurant and visits as often as possible. “He is so supportive of my dreams and proud of my efforts,” Kamaruddin said. Staying home After her husband left for California, the plan was for Kamaruddin to stay behind, sell the house and prepare to move the family. In addition to the restaurant, her sister-in-law opened a medical center in Beverly Hills and wanted Kamaruddin to come and be the director. She said it would have been a wonderful opportunity with the chance to make a good living.

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“But it was her dream,” Kamaruddin said. “It’s not my dream.” She wasn’t sure what her dream was, she knew only that it wasn’t in California. “I love Columbus,” she said. “All my kids were born here, and I’ve grown up here with my husband.” As the bills began to pile up, the pressure set in for Kamaruddin to find a job. She had to sell her belongings just to survive. “I just thought, I need to get out of this depression,” she said. Since launching her catering business, orders have continued to grow. She is delivering meals daily, including lunches to many of her former Cummins co-workers. Kamaruddin has tasted the freedom of being her own boss, and although she loved her former employer, she said she can’t imagine going back to work for someone else. But for now, she is taking her new venture step by step. And while she may not be climbing the corporate ladder anymore, the sky is still the limit for this woman who is following her dream.

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Compiled by Kelsey DeClue Photos by joel philippsen ’Tis the season for cocktail parties, gift exchanges, company dinners and holiday dances, but what to wear? That 1989 prom dress isn’t gonna cut it. And no, don’t just resort to black pants and a sweater with bells. C’mon, glam it up this year with a cute little number. Think of a holiday cocktail dress as an investment — unlike most bridesmaid dresses, you really can wear this purchase for multiple occasions. This season’s options reflect many mainstream winter fashion trends, including fancy embellishments, jewel tones and eye-catching fabric designs. Basic black is always a safe and versatile go to; however if you’re choosing a little black dress, make it pop by finding one with unique accents such as feathers, beading or sequins. You can also customize a black dress, or any solid color, with a scarf, shawl or add-on ribbon to put a pop of color in your evening wardrobe. Feel like branching out? Purples and reds are a great option for holiday cocktail parties. Just make sure to lean toward the ruby and plum tones of those shades in order to fit the season. Another fun choice is a patterned dress. As a general rule, petite wearers should opt for small prints. Select one color to pull from the dress and use it to match a caplet, shawl or crop coat. If black-and-white is your choice, make the outfit pop with a colored heel or clutch. The weather is drab enough; take these small steps to ensure your holiday party wardrobe isn’t. All dresses pictured are available at That Special Touch in downtown Columbus.

Kendra Phelps models a boat-neck, black knee-length dress, $125. Brittany Strahl wears a strapless, metallic brown dress with a rhinestone buckle, $151.

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Strahl models a black, V-neck dress with feather accents, $170. She makes the outfit pop with rhinestone T-strap heels. Feathers are a big trend for this winter season. She wears a black and white, strapless mid-length dress, $140, with teardrop earrings and a rhinestone bangle bracelet, accented by rhinestone thong heels.

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By Jennifer Willhite Photos by Joel Philippsen When you ask hand therapist Cindy Smith about her philosophy of life, you get a big smile and a chuckle. And then, “Can’t never tried.” Smith, director of Columbus’ Sycamore Hand Center, has never bought into the notion of telling someone they can’t accomplish something. And it is that type of determination and passion that has gotten her where she is today. The Indiana University alumna began her career in occupational therapy in 1976. In Peoria, Ill., she found her first love, working with individuals who had sustained spinal cord injuries. Later, she moved to Springfield, where she worked with a fellow therapist and a plastic surgeon affiliated with Southern Illinois University who were starting a hand therapy program. In 1981, she married her husband, Joe, and moved to Milwaukee, where she worked in a hand clinic. She and her husband moved to Columbus about 20 years ago when he started a contracting business. She received her hand therapy certification in 1991 and is one of 5,000 hand therapists worldwide. The National Association of Professional Women named her the 2010 Professional Business Woman of the Year.

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Smith approaches each case like a puzzle. When a patient walks through the doors of Sycamore Hand Center to meet with her for the first time, she goes over the diagnosis and reviews the treatment he received, such as surgery. Once she completes an evaluation, she works with him to formulate a treatment plan. “That’s the puzzle,” Smith said. “It’s looking at all these structures that have been damaged and repaired and trying to figure out how to get them to work again.” Stephany Anderson, officer manager at Sycamore Hand Center, says that Smith’s rapport with her patients is outstanding.

Connie Nolting has been seeing Smith for therapy since her surgery in September and is looking at a possible second surgery in the future. “I’ve been amazed at how much she knows and how good she is at explaining what is going on with the tendons and muscles,” Nolting said. “She has been encouraging enough that by the time I got to the place where it was feeling better and I could start to think I could do it a second time, she kind of carried me from the beginning to that place.” Smith keeps the atmosphere light and friendly. “Laughter is not an uncommon sound

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“In the last couple of years, I have done more in terms of helping out with the Columbus North women’s soccer team,” she said. When asked how her children would describe her, Smith gives a bit of a chuckle. Unsure if it still holds true, she says they used to refer to her as “the general.” All four of her children played soccer. Unlike some of

their teammates, if one of them was knocked down on the field, they knew their mother wouldn’t come running to check on them. She would be hollering from the stands, “Suck it up and get back out there!” Her children’s love for sports has also influenced her hobby of photography. Smith says that she likes to shoot nature pictures, but sports shots top her list, especially

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week, and 15 percent of preschoolers ask their parents to go to McDonald’s every day. Why the concern? Consumption of fast food is associated with a number of negative health consequences, most notably contributing to unhealthy diets that increase the risk for obesity. Childhood obesity rates in the past 30 years have doubled for preschoolers, tripled for children ages 6 to 11 and quadrupled for adolescents. Young people who eat fast food consume more fat and sugar and less fiber, milk, fruits and vegetables compared to children who do not eat fast food. Dollars spent on fast food marketing to children and teens were more than 200 times the media budget for the “5-a-day” program that encourages intake of fruit and vegetables. Most fast food restaurants offer a few healthy choices on their menus, but the unhealthy options are the default, as only 17 percent of regular menu items qualified as a healthy choice. The average restaurant has 15 signs promoting specific menu items, but just 4 percent promote healthy menu items. When ordering a kids meal, restaurant employees auto-

matically serve french fries or another unhealthy side dish more than 84 percent of the time. A soft drink is served automatically at least 55 percent of the time. Ellyn Satter, a registered dietitian, social worker and author of “Your Child’s Weight: Helping Without Harming,” believes the parent is responsible for choosing and preparing the food, providing regular meals and snacks, making mealtime pleas-

ant and not letting children graze for food/drinks between meal and snack times. Children will eat the amount they need, they will learn to eat the food their parents eat and they will learn to behave well at the table. Parents must trust children to decide how much and whether to eat. If parents do their jobs with feeding, children will do their jobs with eating and growing. So parents, be attentive to fast food marketing practices targeting children. Research shows that children frequently request to go to restaurants that have the most child-targeted advertising. If left to their own devices, children prefer and will order unhealthy items. Healthy choices are available, and it is your job to decide where your food dollars are spent and which foods give you the most nutritional bang for your buck. Molly Marshall is the nutrition specialist for Healthy Communities Reach Movement.

A great gift

for the holiday season!

Give the gift of a membership to the Women’s Giving Circle of Bartholomew County (WGCBC) in honor or celebration of a special woman. This makes a great corporate gift, too!

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Or remember someone special this holiday season with a memorial gift to the WGCBC Endowment Fund.

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By Ian McGriff “Most people want greatness. Few are willing to make it happen. ... Few are willing to sprint, to endure, to persevere.” — Trina Gray, fitness entrepreneur My friend and colleague Trina Gray shared this statement in an e-mail with me last month. When I read this, I couldn’t have agreed more with that statement.

That is the desired outcome of this program. My friend and mentor Todd Durkin recently released the book “The IMPACT Body Plan.” Here’s an excerpt: “If you nurture limiting beliefs, they’ll rule your behavior and your life. I’ve heard it all: ‘I’m not athletic enough to do (this type) of workout.’ (So I don’t have to.)

“Most people want greatness. Few are willing to make it happen. ... Few are willing to sprint, to endure, to persevere.”

Throughout our skinny jeans program we have focused more on the mind-set of these women than on their actual exercise. While their physical fitness is incredibly important, if they practice limiting beliefs, they will never create real, sustained results.

— Trina Gray, fitness entrepreneur ‘I’ve never been able to lose the fat in my thighs/belly.’ (So I won’t try.) ‘Women shouldn’t work with weights. I’ll get all bulked up.’ (So I’ll stick to the treadmill.)

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‘I have a bad back; I have to be careful what activity I do.’ (So I’ll remain sedentary.) ‘I’m afraid to change because ...’ (Nothing changes!)” I can’t state it any better than that. It all comes down to your belief in yourself. Limiting beliefs does just that, limiting you and your personal greatness. I have had more than one individual say to me, “You know, I’m not an athlete, have never been one. I don’t need to be great at anything.” But if you aren’t searching for something great, then what are you searching for? Mediocrity? Think about it. Do you want to drive a mediocre car? Have a mediocre house, with a mediocre relationship to your spouse, with a mediocre income, that allows you to buy mediocre possessions, from mediocre stores, that offer mediocre products, that give you mediocre service? No. So why do we settle for mediocrity in ourselves? One thing that we have worked on is creating significance and success within each woman in the contest regardless of her job, family life or income level. Why? Because no one should be limited based on any of the aforementioned. This has been a challenge for some as they have never been pushed to view life in this manner. However, when we create that breakthrough and help these women see life in new ways, WOW! We have women on fire for themselves, their families and their identified purposes. I can’t tell you the pride and excitement that I have for these women as they are making

these changes. It’s so powerful to see someone on fire for their purpose. So, what does this have to do with weight loss? Everything. Have you ever been so excited to start losing weight or become healthier? You watched “The Biggest Loser” and really identified with someone, or you just decided that you didn’t want to buy another pair of pants. You went out and bought a new pair of shoes, got a membership at a local gym, set your alarm for 5 a.m. and set out the first week hitting it hard. Week 2 you were at the gym three times instead of five; the snooze button was just way too tempting. By Week 3 you were tired of going to the gym, you hurt, and you weren’t sure it was doing anything anyway. So you stopped. You lost your motivation; you lost your drive; you lost your purpose for creating the change. When you allow yourself to reflect on what you really want on a larger scale, getting out of bed at 5 a.m. isn’t a challenge at that point. It’s a step closer to your objective. If you take the time to answer some real questions about what you want, you’ll find that your body feeds your mind, that your mind feeds your actions and that your actions feed your results. It’s a beautiful cycle. Ian McGriff is the head personal trainer at Tipton Lakes Athletic Club.

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DOUBLE CHOCOLATE LINZER COOKIES Makes 24 sandwiches

LESSON: Turning a basic cut

cookie into something special by using them with a filling.

2/3 cup hazelnuts, toasted and cooled 2 cups all-purpose flour 1/3 cup cocoa powder ½ teaspoon baking powder ½ teaspoon salt ¼ teaspoon cinnamon ¼ teaspoon ground allspice 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature ½ cup packed brown sugar 1 egg 2 teaspoons vanilla extract 1 cup seedless raspberry jam 4 ounces dark chocolate bits Powdered sugar, for dusting

In the bowl of a food processor, combine the toasted hazelnuts, flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, salt, cinnamon and allspice. Pulse until the nuts are finely chopped. In a large bowl, use an electric mixer to beat together the butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy. Add the egg and vanilla and beat again. Add the flour-nut mixture and mix on low until thoroughly combined, scraping the sides of the bowl to ensure all the ingredients are incorporated. Divide the dough in half and form each piece into a disk, then wrap them in plastic wrap and refrigerate until firm, about 2 hours. While the dough chills, prepare the filling. In a small saucepan over low heat, combine the jam and the chocolate bits. Heat, stirring continuously, until the chocolate is melted and combined with the jam. Set aside to cool. When the dough is chilled, heat the oven to 350 degrees. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper. One at a time, on a lightly floured counter roll out each piece of dough to 1/8 inch thick. Use a 2½-inch round cookie cutter to cut a total of 24 rounds from the dough, gathering and rerolling the scraps once. Use a 1-inch round cutter to cut out the center of 12 of the dough rounds. Use a spatula to transfer the cookies to the prepared baking sheets. Bake for 10 minutes, or until just starting to color around the edges. Transfer to a rack to cool completely. Repeat with the second piece of dough to produce another 24 cookies, 12 of them with the centers cut out. To assemble the cookies, spread a teaspoonful of the jam mixture onto each of the 30 solid cookies. Lightly dust the cut-out top cookies with powdered sugar, then gently press onto the bottom cookie. Store in an airtight container.

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PISTACHIO WREATH CUTOUT COOKIES Makes 24 cookies

LESSON: You don’t have to be an artist to create beautifully decorated cookies.

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2 cups all-purpose flour

1 cup shelled raw pistachio meats

½ teaspoon salt

½ teaspoon baking powder

1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature

2/3 cup powdered sugar

1 teaspoon almond extract

1 cup candy melts (any or multiple colors)

Colored sugars, decorative sprinkles and small candies In a food processor, combine the flour, pistachios, salt and baking powder. Pulse until the nuts are finely ground. In the bowl of an electric mixer, combine the butter, powdered sugar and almond extract. Mix on medium until creamy. Add the dry ingredients and mix well. Form the dough into a disk, then wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate until firm, about 1 hour. When the dough is chilled, heat the oven to 350 degrees. Lightly coat 2 baking sheets with cooking spray or line them with parchment paper. On a lightly floured surface, roll the dough to slightly less than ¼ inch thick. Using a 3-inch fluted round cookie cutter, cut 24 rounds from the dough, combining and rerolling the scraps once. Use a 1-inch fluted round cutter to remove the center from each round of dough. Use a spatula to transfer the cookies to the prepared baking sheets. Bake for 10 minutes, or until just starting to turn golden around the edges. Let cool on the baking sheets for 5 minutes, then transfer to a rack to finish cooling. When ready to decorate, place about a quarter of the candy melts in a glass measuring cup and microwave on high in 20-second intervals, stirring between, until melted and smooth. The melted candy can be spread, spooned or drizzled over the cookies. You also can overturn the cookies and dip the top sides in the melted candy. Working somewhat quickly (while the candy coating is still soft), sprinkle decorating sugars, sprinkles and other candies over the wreaths. Repeat by melting additional candy melts, drizzling and decorating until all of the cookies are finished. Allow the cookies to harden completely, then store between layers of parchment paper in an airtight container. Candy melts, which resemble small disks, are widely available in grocery stores, as well as baking and craft stores. They melt well, firm up when cooled and are available in numerous colors. page 41


VANILLA SHORTBREAD Makes 24 cookies

14 tablespoons (1¾ sticks) butter, room temperature

½ cup sugar, plus extra for pressing the cookies

1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste or vanilla extract

Pinch fine sea salt

2 cups all-purpose flour

LESSON: Using a glass with a decorative shape is an easy way to add a creative flourish to pressed cookies such as shortbread.

Heat the oven to 325 degrees. Coat a baking sheet with cooking spray. In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine the butter, sugar, vanilla bean paste and salt. Beat on medium until creamy and well combined. Add the flour and beat until the mixture resembles wet sandy crumbs that start to stick together. The dough should not clump together as a ball. Using a tablespoon-size measuring spoon, scoop out balls of dough and arrange them on the prepared baking sheet, leaving about 2 inches all around. Use the bottom of a glass dipped in a bit of granulated sugar to flatten the rounds to about 1/3 inch thick. The sugar may not stick to the glass the first time, but will afterward. Using a glass with a decoratively or distinctly shaped bottom will leave an attractive imprint on the surface of the cookie. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, or until light-golden blond and firm. The cookies should remain very light in color and still be tender. They will finish crisping as they cool. Allow the cookies to cool on the baking sheet for 5 minutes, then remove to a cooling rack. Store in an airtight container.

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LESSON: Baked goods don’t have to be based on flour.


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Heat the oven to 350 degrees. Lightly coat 2 baking sheets with cooking spray or line them with parchment paper. In a medium bowl, use an electric mixer on medium to beat together the butter, brown sugar and granulated sugar. Add the vanilla and egg and mix until thoroughly combined. Stir in the cornflakes, cocoa powder and salt. Using a tablespoon-size measuring spoon, scoop the mixture onto the prepared baking sheets, leaving about 2 inches on all sides. Use the bottom of a glass lightly coated with cooking spray to gently press down on and slightly flatten each cookie. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes. Allow to cool on the baking sheets for 5 minutes before using a spatula to transfer them to a rack to cool completely. Because these cookies contain no flour, they are a good choice for people who avoid gluten. To ensure the cookies contain no gluten, use a variety of cornflakes labeled “gluten-free” (some brands use barley malt as a sweetener, which contains gluten).

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Merry Christmas, John-Boy, and thanks for the memories

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viewfrommars By Andrew Larson This time each year I start digging around for my parents’ copy of “The Waltons’ Christmas Album.” I always worry about whether I will be able to find it, though I shouldn’t; it’s the one LP that still gets regular play (that is, if once a year qualifies as regular) so it’s noticeably less dusty than the others and thus easy to spot. It’s a tradition, you see; every Christmas morning, the opening bells that establish the classic waltz of the Waltons’ theme song — followed by that timeless melody played on the accordion — tell us that it’s officially Christmas Day. It may be the only time all year that the turntable gets used, but everyone knows that without it, an important tradition might be lost. For us, family tradition is a big part of the holidays. It reminds us of what we stand to lose if we were to forget. About this time each year, my wife, Megan’s, Uncle Mike would start talking about “The Rolls.” He’d make lighthearted threats about what might happen if Megan’s mom, Martha, didn’t produce The Rolls for the Thanksgiving meal. He never had to make good on those threats, and though he passed away four years ago, The Rolls are rising in the kitchen as I type. I’m sure Mike can smell them. One of the greatest things about starting a family is the birth of new traditions. At a year’s close, we love going through pictures from the four seasons. This practice gave way to a new tradition of making calendars of family pictures to give as gifts to our extended family. (Sorry, Mom and Dad, just in case you’re hoping to be surprised this year — you’re getting a new calendar.) On the odd years (another topic for another article: alternating holiday travel plans) that we have Thanksgiving in Richmond or Muncie, the meal is always followed by a game of driveway hoops. The weather on that day is of no matter. Megan’s cousin Scotty, Bryan, my brother-in-law, and I play hoops. It’s less about burning off the calories than it

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is maintaining a tradition, and we wouldn’t change a thing, except that now we have a couple of younger players in there, too. Some traditions get lost or temporarily misplaced. My family always used to take a walk on the afternoon of Christmas Day. I will never forget the hike I took one year with my dad and grandfather, who at age 80 and with double knee replacement, still conquered a hike up a long, steep hill through the woods. That one is coming back this year, mark my words. I recall how, as a teenager, decorating the tree became a chore that I tried not to grumble about (with mixed success.) Now, as we try to instill that same tradition with our boys complete with popcorn and “A Charlie Brown Christmas” on the stereo, I wonder … will they share our view of the importance of tradition? Which ones will they make their own when they have their own families? A couple of years ago, my dad managed to transfer “The Waltons’ Christmas Album” to CD, and now I think it’s even on my iPod. But that’s of no matter. For as long as that LP exists, we’ll keep welcoming Christmas morning with the scratchy vinyl, bells and accordion. Great traditions shouldn’t be messed with. Andrew Larson is a teacher at Columbus Signature Academy New Tech High School. He lives in Columbus with his wife and sons.

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Healthy habits If you rely on an afternoon energy boost pair a quick caffeine hit with the sustaining power of protein by having a low-fat latte instead of just a cup of coffee. The milk provides energy-sustaining and muscle-fueling protein, as well as a great boost of calcium. — webmd.com

Recommended reading “Café Indiana Cookbook,” by Joanne Raetz Stuttgen and Jolene Ketzenberger. $24.95. 151 pages. “Café Indiana Cookbook” allows you to whip up local cafe classics yourself. Breakfast dishes range from Swiss Mennonite eier datch (egg pancakes) to biscuits and gravy; entree highlights include chicken with noodles (or with dumplings) and the iconic Hoosier breaded pork tenderloin sandwich. For dessert, try such Indiana favorites as apple dapple cake or rhubarb, coconut cream or sugar cream pie. All 130 recipes have been kitchen-tested by Jolene Ketzenberger, food writer for the Indianapolis Star. “Café Indiana Cookbook” reveals the favorite recipes of Indiana’s Main Street eateries, including some rescued for publication before a diner’s sad closure, and documents old-fashioned delicacies now fading from the culinary landscape. — Viewpoint Books

Out and about Looking for some holiday entertainment the whole family can enjoy? This weekend Dancers Studio presents its annual rendition of “The Nutcracker.” Show times are at 2:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Columbus North High School auditorium. Information: 376-8080. — artsincolumbus.org

Landscape logic During the winter months houseplants will commonly look unhealthy and may even shed leaves. Most of this is the plant responding to low light levels. Not only is the day length shorter, but the intensity of light is less during the winter months. The next question is what do we do about it? Well, you can add supplemental lighting or just wait until longer days and higher light levels allow the plants to recover. Unfortunately, people often decide the plant needs more fertilizer or water to perk it up. Adding extra fertilizer or water won’t help and may actually harm the plant. The needs of the plant should be balanced. Under low light levels, the plant doesn’t require much fertilizer and the nutrients stay in the soil where they can build up and may eventually burn roots. Also, excess water can drown roots. — Extension educator Mike Ferree

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