Dec 30, 2016
One. Last. Party. A small one too. But even for immediate family (and a few guests), the food has to be good. So, I am making some New Year’s/Christmas Crack Toffee (the toffee that goes crunchy/salty over crackers) to snack on. And decorating it with gold sprinkles for New Year’s!
New Year’s/ Christmas Crack Toffee
Toffee is something I normally do straight—butter, sugar, vanilla, no crackers. Just seems more natural (though, I admit the irony in calling commercial butter and sugar “more natural” 😉 ) But this year there were Ritz crackers left after a party I hosted in early December. Opportunity! Continue Reading →
Dec 28, 2016
Whew! Are you as tired as I am? Rousing parties, holiday shows and fancy cooking are all fun–but non-stop activity can take a toll. Even a food blogger can need a cooking break! So, with New Year’s Eve on the horizon, I am sharing a super easy meatball & mozzarella appetizer.
Meatball & Mozzarella Appetizer
The idea comes from my teenage nieces who made a version of this (sans French bread) as an appetizer for Thanksgiving. They started with a pasta and homemade meatballs recipe designed as a dinner entree and re-purposed it. Genius! Continue Reading →
Dec 22, 2016
It’s the Christmas season—what can I say? Part of me wanted to create a whole suite of Nutcracker themed martinis! But in the end, I went with just one, a Sugar Plum Martini, sans fairy even.
Sugar Plum Martini
All of this took me back to a very distant memory–of real, actual, sugar plums. One long-ago Christmas, my father brought home an expensive box of imported candies. Packed in a hatbox style container, each treat had a dried plum in the center and was surrounded by a thick coating of white sugar glaze (similar to candied almonds, but with a plum at the center–note that this post will not be covering any of the sugar plum definition controversy). Continue Reading →
Dec 15, 2016
I have a confession to make. I (usually) don’t like chicken soup. Perhaps I had one too many “cold remedies” as a child. And now I find it uninspiring. But when I tasted a Sage Roasted Chicken Soup a half dozen years ago, I was wowed.
Sage Roasted Chicken Soup
Slightly creamy and reminiscent of sage stuffing, the soup practically cried out, “I’m special.” Continue Reading →