Tuesday, December 20, 2011
Incidentally, our kind next door neighbor stopped by during this time to drop off a gift for us, which turned out to be a cookbook and a set of appetizer plates. I'm sure he felt pretty good about his gift choice, as we were both wearing aprons when we answered the door.
Honey-Rosemary Cherries and Blue Cheese Crostini. The sweetness of the cherries was a lovely compliment to the tangy blue cheese.
Roasted Butternut Squash soup. This soup is quite easy to make and I just kept it warm in the crock pot until we were ready to eat. I usually leave out the nuts, but this time opted for pecans which gave the flavor a little more depth.
Buttermilk Mashed Potato Bakes, and Green Beans with Mushrooms and Bacon. The tenderloin only needed a little salt, pepper, and soy sauce for seasoning. I baked the mashed potatoes in ramekins so they would be easy to serve and stay hot longer. The recipe I used had lots of great ideas for add-ins. I used caramelized onions, Gruyere cheese, and parsley.
Chocolate Peppermint Cake a day ahead, which turned out to be a great idea. It was much easier to shape and ice the cake once it had been cooling in the refridgerator overnight.
scarves to restock the shop- last January was a busy scarf month and I want to be ready!