Entries Tagged as 'holiday'

Merry Christmas!

December 25th, 2012 · 3 Comments

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Happy holidays everyone!

I hope you’re all having a wonderful day with family, friends, food and lots of holiday cheer!  Chad and I are enjoying a little time off in Connecticut with my family — someday I hope to decorate our house for the holidays as beautifully as my mom does!

Wishing everyone a happy holiday season and lots of wonderful things in 2013!

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belgian waffles

December 5th, 2012 · 3 Comments

We had a full house over Thanksgiving weekend, and one of the things I quickly realized: cooking Thanksgiving dinner is only half the battle!  You also have a bunch of meals before and after (well, “after” meals generally consist of leftovers with my family) to plan for!  I knew I wanted to do something quick and easy on the holiday morning, but I still wanted it to be festive and special.

Enter: Belgian Waffles!  We have a terrific waffle maker, so this whole recipe took less than 30 minutes.  Throw in some powdered sugar, maple syrup, and sliced fruit, and you have a breakfast to feed a crowd that doesn’t take all day.  Perfect for holiday brunch-time!

I used my gorgeous Noritake Cometa plates here — I get so many compliments on these!  I love how the pattern is so sleek and modern, but it’s easy to match with all the other pieces in our cabinets! 

Belgian Waffles

INGREDIENTS

2 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
4 large eggs, separated
1/4 cup sugar
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
2 cups milk

DIRECTIONS

Preheat your waffle iron.

Sift together the flour, baking powder, and salt, and set aside.  In a second bowl, beat together the egg yolks and sugar until sugar dissolves and the eggs turn pale yellow.  Add the melted butter and milk to the eggs and whisk to combine. Add the flour mixture and whisk briefly.  In a separate bowl, beat the egg whites until soft peaks form and gently fold them into the waffle batter.

Pour just enough batter into the iron to cover the grid.  Cook until the machine’s light says that the waffles are finished, or until they are golden brown, about 4 minutes.

Tags: Breakfast and Brunch · food · holiday

toffee cookies

December 12th, 2011 · 4 Comments

I’ve been on a Christmas cookie kick for the past few weeks, and this was the recipe that started it all.  I like how at this time of the year, it’s perfectly appropriate to bake a new batch of cookies every weekend — you can bring them to parties, bring them to your office, or just eat them all yourself (ahem… Chad). 

The other day at dinner, I ordered a dessert that consisted of toffee ice cream piled onto a toffee cake, surrounded with toffee sauce — incredible.  So, as you guys can imagine, my love of toffee flavor runs deep.  I used store-bough Heath pieces for this recipe, but if you wanted to go all out, you could try my recipe for making toffee from scratch.  It’s easier thank you think!

Toffee Cookies

INGREDIENTS

1 cup unsalted butter, softened
1 1/2 cups sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda
1 1/2 cups chopped toffee pieces

DIRECTIONS

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  Mix together the butter, sugar, eggs, and vanilla.

Mix in the flour, salt and baking soda until well blended.  Stir in the toffee pieces.

Sccop the cookie dough in small balls (use a small mellon-baller to make them even) onto cookie sheets lined with parchment or Silipat.  Place dough balls several inches away from each other on the cookie sheets (these spread a lot).

Bake for 9-10 minutes, and allow the cookies to cool on the cookie sheets for several minutes before transferring to a wire rack.

Makes about 3 dozen cookies.

Tags: desserts · holiday