I hope all of you had a lovely holiday. As this week was a little different, I decided to share some moments from my holiday with you, and a few recipes that we enjoyed along the way. It was such a treat to spend the week with my family- it was definitely the greatest gift this year!
December 24th also happens to be my Aunt & Uncle’s anniversary, so we had a little celebration for them. Wanting to keep it simple so that we could spend the time getting caught up with our family, we put a crock pot on early in the morning and had pulled pork sandwiches for everyone to eat (featured in my November 30th- December 6th post). We also ordered sushi from a local spot to have for those less pork-inclined. I was also craving some good West Coast Sushi.
My aunt made a delicious breakfast bake, actually titled “Christmas Morning Wife Saver.” The recipe comes from an old line of Canadian cookbooks, called the Best of Bridge. I made my favorite, Creme Brulée French Toast. I love both of these recipes because they are easy to prepare and are made the day before, allowing us to sit and enjoy our coffee with family the morning of. I urge you to try these recipes anytime of year- maybe New Years Day?
This was the best Christmas dinner I can remember. The turkey was so moist and full of flavor. My aunt suggested cooking the turkey breast side down to more evenly cook the turkey. We decided to cook it breast side up, and then flip it over with 1 1/2 to 2 hours left (breast side down). It was perfectly cooked. I once again made my favorite Porcini Mushroom Turkey and Mushroom Gravy. As there were many cooked vegetables, I decided to incorporate the brussels sprouts into a salad and made Sugar and Grace’s Kale and Brussels Sprouts salad. Below is our line-up of recipes.
- Porcini Mushroom Turkey and Mushroom Gravy (Bon Appetit)
- Kale and Brussels Sprouts Salad with Bacon and Pecorino (Sugar & Grace)
- Barb’s Broccoli, Cauliflower & Carrots
- Mashed Potatoes
- Squash (pureed with butter and maple syrup)
- Spinach Gratin (Barefoot Contessa)
- Mom’s Canadian Cranberry Sauce
- Mammy’s Christmas Cake (LJ Original)
- Mammy’s Ginger Molasses Cookies (LJ Original)
- Profiteroles with Dulce de Leche (I’ll be honest, we purchased the profiteroles at Costco and made Epicurious’ Dulce de Leche recipe)
- Butter Tart Squares
- Sis’ Brownies of the New Century (CC Original)
- Classic Cheesecake (Chatelaine) with Driscoll’s Raspberry Sauce and Raspberry Cheesecake Topping