The Darkest Night

Santa's Cookies

Santa’s Cookie Plate by Gina’s Kitchen Musings

Today is Dies Natalis Solis Invicti, the Birthday of the Unconquerable Sun!  It is recognized as the day that the sun stands still.  From the northern hemisphere, it appears as though the sun and moon have stopped moving across the sky.  This longest night of the year is a threshold in time followed by the renewal of days filled with sunshine.  There are many rituals, recipes and lore observed at this time of year and sharing food is an important part of any celebration. Baking and exchanging cookies during the winter solstice is a gesture of love and goodwill that I enjoy doing for my family and friends.

Millionaire's Shortbread

Millionaire’s Shortbread

On the chilly Friday evening that I stopped in my neighborhood liquor store, Carroll Gardens Wines & Liquor, to purchase a bottle of dark rum, an ingredient called for in a recipe for Buttered Rum Melt-Aways that I got from “Martha Stewart’s Cookies” cookbook, I was in the middle of discussing with Phil, the owner, what type of rum I needed when a man walked in, smelling like he had just smoked a fresh bowl weed, and interrupted our conversation.  The man proceeded to aggressively pursue me, saying that he wanted to taste whatever it was that I was making.  What came next took me by surprise.  Phil demanded that the aggressor leave his liquor store immediately!  Phil was intolerable of the man’s strong advances towards me.  The man became irate.  Phil then came from behind the counter, confronted the aggressor head on and showed him to the door.  This only further upset the man who angrily shouted obscenities causing the liquor store stocker to stop what he was doing to assist the owner.  I frequent this store and Phil and his crew know me by name but never did I expect that they would “protect” me.  Phil told me that he would have defended his own daughter or wife in the same manner.  For the first time, my nomadic spirit felt “at home”.

Raspberry Cream Sandwiches

Raspberry Cream Sandwiches

We continued our discussion about the rum after the aggressor was off and on his way.  Phil told me that Gosling’s dark rum was the original rum used in the classic cocktail, “Dark & Stormy”.  On my way home I made one more stop to pick up the ginger beer so that I could make this classic while I baked the melt-aways, of which, a special batch was set aside for my friends at the liquor store.  I hope the Friello family feels the same warmth I did on that “dark & stormy” night they stood up for me.

Cheers and Best Wishes!

All packaged and ready to share!

All packaged and ready to share!


Kinky Holiday Kookies


Merry XXX-Mas 2014 - Kinky Kookies and Milk

As I sit here celebrating the winter solstice at moonrise, I am warmed.  Warmed by the yule tide and good cheer of the season that is brimming with religious observations, rituals, folklore, and fantasy.  Reindeer fly, jolly ole’ St. Nick hands out gifts, sugar-plums dance and gingerbread men run as fast as they can.  At first chance, the little guy jumped up from the oven rack to escape his fate of being the love cake of a little old woman and a little old man.  The tale would have you believe that in the end he was out foxed and eaten by the sly one.  But the fox is much trickier than you think.  When she returns home with the gingerbread man, she places him in the oven with the gingerbread woman she prepared earlier for them to both bake.  She sets the timer and while she waits, she enjoys the sweet aromas rising from her oven.  The spices of cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, and ginger all swirling together creates a lustful yearning.  She thought to herself, “sugar and spice really does make everything twice as nice”.  She opens the oven to check their doneness and there she discovers the way to feed lovers.

Merry XXX-Mas.

Gingerly yours,

Honey L’Amour


  • Lovers’ Favorite Position #1
  • The Archimedean Screw – Ananga Ranga
  • The Tiger’s Tread – Ishimpo, Japan translated as The Tao of Sex
  • Reverse Cowgirl

Merry XXX-Mas 2014 - Kinky Kookie Positions


Gingerbread Cookies – Basic Recipe | Yield: 24, 2 ½ inch gingerbread men and women

  • ½ cup molasses
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) unsalted butter
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 tablespoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon ground cloves
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • Icing tubes, sprinkles, cinnamon hearts


  •  Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Lightly butter 2 cookie sheets.
  • Bring molasses to a gentle boil in a saucepan
  • Place butter and sugar in a mixing bowl.  Pour the boiling molasses mixture into the bowl and combine with the butter and sugar until butter is melted
  • In a separate bowl, mix together the flour, baking soda, ginger, cloves, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt.  Add in the molasses mixture and combine until the dough comes together.  {if dough is dry, add 1 tablespoon of water at a time; or, if, dough is too wet, add 1 tablespoon of flour at a time, until it reaches the right consistency.
  • Form the dough into a ball, place it on a lightly floured work surface and roll it out to about ¼ inch thick.
  • Cut out gingerbread shapes using cookie cutters {I used cookie cutters by Master Bakers and Bonkin Biscuits}