|Ideas for your Christmas!|
Raspberry Braid is so easy and very fast! You will get a group "Ahhhhhhh" when you pull this out of the oven for Christmas breakfast!
Or....how about making these Pumpkin pancakes with cranberry syrup!
My family loves Caprese salad, so when I made these little Caprese Boats they were thrilled. A light figure friendly appetizer, these will be a big hit at any Christmas dinner and the colors are perfect!!
Tinks Stuffed Mushrooms! These little gems were created by "Tink". They are easy to prep and taste so good straight out of the oven! We ask her to make these often for family gatherings and they disappear in a matter of minutes! She changes the ingredients often, however, they always have sausage and some cayenne for pep!
Sausage Stuffing Bites are delightful! This little appetizer combines all those flavors we love, has that little crispy top and it's all in one little bite! YUM!! This is a great appetizer for Winter parties and for a starter for Christmas dinner..... here's why? It has savory bread to soak up any spirits we may drink during the day and it has a delightful crispy little top. Quick and delicious, your friends and relatives will ask you to bring this time after time!
Pear Salad is another family favorite, it has gorgeous color, looks beautiful and tastes heavenly!
Elegant Prime Rib
Family tradition in our family is a standing rib roast, otherwise known as Prime Rib. This amazing cut of meat is sure to dazzle your family and friends on Christmas Eve or Christmas day. Not only is the flavor amazing, but the presentation is quite impressive...mmmmm I serve with delicious Horseradish Sauce, au jus and.......
Yorkshire Pudding A yummy and traditional addition to the holiday feast. Make sure to make plenty of au jus, they are delicious soaked up with the beef juices! Your Prime rib dinner will be extra special when paired with this classic English "pudding".
Cornish Game Hens with Quinoa stuffing It is a great alternative to a heavy beef dinner, one in which you will surely impress your dinner guests. The quinoa stuffing is healthy, yummy and a great switch up from the usual stuffing.
I was recently reminded of this delicious Chicken Wellington by a friend who enjoyed it at a baby shower, over two years ago! She wanted to make this impressive main course for her family. Easy to make for Christmas dinner!
You can't go wrong with these scrumptious Horseradish Mashed potatoes! A perfect side with Slow Roasted Prime Rib. The horseradish gives this mashed potato recipe a wonderfully spicy kick. Yummmmmmmy!
Brie filled Brioche is such a rich dough to begin with, the idea of inserting a buttery brie just seemed a little over the top. Sometimes though over the top can be very good and this looked to me like it might just be one of those times! Yum!! These are so delicious. And were a hit at a party I gave recently.
Dessert ....my favorite!
Traditionally on our Christmas menu White Chocolate Coeur le Creme with raspberry sauce is always a family favorite. This can be made two days ahead!
Chocolate Caramel Tart with Sea salt How can you possibly go wrong with this? There is a deep divide between those who favor sweet and those who favor salt. This is fact! However, this dessert combines both sweet and salty!! For a Christmas presentation, add a couple raspberries on the side for color with the fresh mint! Elegant and scrum-di-la-di-yum delicious!
Healthy Molten Chocolate cake Delicious and healthy from Chef Michael Stebner of True Food Kitchen.
Inside out German Chocolate Cake This dish takes more time, but, it is delicious, worth it and can be made a day or two ahead!
White Chocolate Mousse with pomegranite sauce just reads, "Merry Christmas"! Delicious and light for those who prefer, "just a bite" of sweet at the end of their Christmas dinner!
Easy and delicious, this is a sure winner for your guests to take for the trip home, or a nice gift for a neighbor or friend! Bittersweet Chocolate Bark
|Make your own poppers! Go to Popper! Fun project for the kids!|
There are plenty of ideas for table settings, food, drink and decorations on the Master Recipe list. Don't forget the "Poppers"! You can make your own with those wrapping paper tubes or paper towel rolls and save a LOT of $$$! How to make Popper's on the blog!!
When I first started "Sew whats cooking with Joan" I read somewhere that it takes at least three years for a blog to become successful. Little did I know that after 1 year and 10 months and over 280 recipes, I would still be here and that the time spent sharing all these dishes and anecdotes with my friends and virtual friends would be one of the most rewarding in my life. The last time I felt such accomplishment was when I finished stitching the last needlepoint Christmas stocking for my four children, myself and my husband! So much pride and a feeling of extreme accomplishment. I will be giving the statistics of the blog after the New Year, suffice to say, it amazes me!
It is interesting to me that whenever I tell a friend or a stranger that I have a blog, I get this huge smile that in my mind translates to "Really"!! What comes out of their mouths next is something like, WOW! Almost always, it gets us special attention of some kind. Whether it be a tour of a restaurant kitchen, a gift, a more in depth conversation of a technique or recipe or someone who says "please give me your blog address". I swear, this is what keeps me in the blog business. "You the people" as my brother in law would say, at every end of the year company party(hahaha)! Really, it's true, you are keeping me writing with all your e-mails, comments, tweets, pins and virtual hugs. In spite of this, "quirkiness" in myself, I am still amazed that I have had the perseverance to continue on this path whose only reward is the number of people who subscribe to your blog via Goggle, Twitter, Facebook, Craftsy, email, Pinterest, etc. Thank you for your support!
Have a Merry Christmas, don't sweat the small stuff, and give the little ones two extra hugs!