Stories I loved this week.

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It’s Christmas Day! Today feels like the culmination of a lot of happy planning and it’s been great to see the day unfold, with a very happy three year old running around.

We had a very slow morning of presents, coffee and scrambled eggs with smoked salmon. Then an amble down to church for the Christmas Day service and then back home to make Christmas lunch. We’ll probably go for another walk later, to enjoy the quiet local streets and maybe nip into the local pub for a festive drink, before heading home to get cozy in front of a few Christmas films. How’s your Christmas been?

Here are a few links for you to browse in your downtime this week. Have a great Christmas!

Three types of knives for tiny chefs. I love this – J really enjoys helping me in the kitchen so this is a really good way to get him thinking about knife safety. (The Kitchn)

Who else is obsessed with Ina Garten, the Barefoot Contessa? This is a great profile of her. Very interesting to see her recipe testing process. (Eater)

Have you ever considered making your own tinctures or tonics? This is a lovely starting point. (Lenny)

When did you start making your own Christmas family traditions? We started our own a few years after we started going out, with a Christmas bauble tradition and it’s been really great to see our collection grow over the years.

I really want to try this cider braised pork shoulder recipe. (Carnal Dish)

This cookbook from Jessica Koslow, the owner of Sqirl, looks great.

Behind the scenes of photographing a cookbook. (Chronicle Books)

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