Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Holiday Recipes from my Kitchen - and a brief blogging hiatus

I can't believe it! It's been over a week, since I've shared a new recipe post! I'm disappointed, because I look forward to posting at least once a week.

The truth is-- I haven't been cooking or baking very much all of this week.  The few times I have, it's already dark outside and I've been too lazy tired to drag out the photographer's lamp stand-- it's cumbersome and I much prefer shooting photos in natural light. 

Plus-- I'm busy working on a remodel of my blog.  I hope that it will be finished by Christmas,and I can't wait to see it and then share it with all of you. As a result, I've got nothing new to share with you, this week.   I've been busy, sifting through various Christmas edible gift ideas that I hope to make-- this weekend.  Hopefully, I'll be able to make a few new recipes, and share those with you.

Forgive me, as I dig into recipes from Christmas Past, that you might want to consider for your holiday entertaining:

I created these Eggnog & Vanilla Bean Pancakes could bring your family to the Christmas morning table, after all the gifts have been opened.

Or, make these Cinnamon Rolls a day ahead and bring them to room temperature and bake them hot and fresh.  They'll disappear fast (and if you've never made them, I'll show you how to it).

These Gingerbread (Pumpkin) Waffles are also a family favorite-- served with a Vanilla-Bean Butter. Oh my! 

This Salmon Wellington with Mushroom Duxelles is one of my most viewed recipes.  I'm not too thrilled with the photo-- but I'll be making these for Christmas Eve, and I hope to re-shoot this delicious meal with improved photography.  This recipe is easier to make than you might think, and I can make it a day ahead of time.

One of the side dishes that I'll be making, again, is this Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Pomegranate Molasses and Vanilla-Pecan Butter.  I'm not a big fan of Brussels Sprouts, but this dish changed my mind.  There are notes of citrus, and a drizzling of Pomegranate Molasses that looks so festive and is delicious. 

Oh, you don't have a jar of Pomegranate Molasses in your pantry? No problem! I'll show you how easy it is to make it yourself.  This molasses makes a beautiful poultry glaze.  You can use it to make a citrusy-zingy salad dressing, too.

For a cookie exchange, these Nanaimo Bars will be my contribution-- a graham cracker-chocolate-nut cookie bottom, sandwiched with a Custard Buttercream filling and topped with a chocolate ganache-- easy to make and always a big hit. 

I'm already making these Cranberry-Almond Biscotti as gifts, and for my family. 

I'll definitely be making some of this peanut brittle for my husband. I'm sure I'll sneak in a few bites, myself.

This weekend, I'm planning on doing some serious Christmas baking and candy making.  I'll be sure to share the fruits of my labor with you.

In between that, I'll be cooking some healthier fare-- because I don't want to gain any extra weight.  That's the beauty of making edible Christmas gifts-- I can nibble, and give it all away!

At least my house is decorated and all of my Christmas shopping is finished.  Whew!

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bellini said...

I finished my shopping yesterday, or I should say started and finished:D I hope you have a wonderful Christmas Debby with family and friends, enjoy your time off and we will look forward to all that is knew at FFTE in the new year. Enjoy!!!

Sam @ My Carolina Kitchen said...

What a lovely array of goodies. I've been chasing the natural light too. Makes such a difference. Can't wait to see your new look. In the meantime, hope your holidays are happy.

Joanne said...

Can't wait to see the blog redesign chica!! And love these reminders of holiday awesomeness!

Christine said...

You (thank you) just gave me something perfect to make for Christmas dinner (I've given up on a turkey just for me). Salmon Wellington! Perfect! Looks quite do-able and something special. :) Look forward to your new blog design. Hope your Christmas is tasty and joyful.

Sue/the view from great island said...

Oh Debby I could barely make it to the end of this post, there are so many things tempting me! I'm struggling with the dim light, too, it's so frustrating. Have a nice holiday break!

T.W. Barritt at Culinary Types said...

What a great feast you've laid out here! Hope you're enjoying the holiday preparations - the different breakfast items you've shared have me dreaming of Christmas morning!

Sue/the view from great island said...

Hey Debby---just wanted you to know I got so inspired by your pomegranate molasses that I made some and blogged about it today, linking to you, of course. Thanks for a great recipe!