archive for December, 2008
Posted on December 30, 2008
While I enjoy the holidays, I do frequently find New Year’s to be a bit of a let down.
Though I must confess, last year New Year’s Eve was a wild bacchanalian affair. We went to a 70′s party with our friends Peter and Patrice. Everyone (except the 4 of us) were, to our surprise, in costume. Somehow Peter’s brother had found out in advance that this soiree was a costumed event and he wore crazy polyester bell bottoms and stuffed ... read more →
Posted on December 26, 2008
When I recently posted my Accidental Mocha Mousse recipe, Samantha requested this German Chocolate Cake so that she and her mother would not miss out on it during the holidays. I am more than pleased to add it to this blog, as German Chocolate Cake is a classic.
Although my boys are in a finicky stage lately, boycotting most of the things I make (even dessert!) they eagerly wolfed down this sweet, rich chocolaty cake.
German Chocolate Cake
¾ cup coconut ... read more →
Posted on December 23, 2008
-photo from this chicken on Flickr
I have read so many articles this year about how the economy is impacting Christmas. How people are not spending as much money and buying as many presents for children and loved ones.
For me, the holiday season is not about the stuff, it’s about quality time. Taking the time to hang out with friends and family. Of course, I do enjoy making festive meals this time of year and feel blessed to be able to ... read more →
Posted on December 21, 2008
Although I don’t drink alcohol, I do enjoy indulging in a sparkling beverage at festive events.
This little fruit based treat below is perfect for adults and children on special occasions. My boys love it, as do I. Here, I use pineapple juice, though feel free to use any juice of your choice and garnish with your favorite citrus or other fruits.
DIY Sparkling Beverage
2-3 (32 ounce) bottles sparkling water (I use Apollinaris)
1 (32oz) bottle fruit juice (I used pineapple, though ... read more →
Posted on December 19, 2008
Hanukkah is only 2 days away! It starts on December 21st at sundown. The big question? What to serve for the holiday of lights and oil.
Here is a festive menu that I have put together for a delicious Hanukkah dinner, full of lovely winter vegetables in peak season. You don’t have to tell anyone it’s gluten-free, dairy-free and does not contain processed white sugar. I’ve served this to crowds before and no one had a clue. They just chowed. Enjoy ... read more →
Posted on December 16, 2008
This healthier Christmas Cake is alcohol free and packed full of dried fruit and nuts.
A while back, Lisa (and several other readers) asked me to come up with a gluten-free Christmas cake. Being Jewish, and never having sampled Christmas cake, I had no idea what it was.
Lisa was kind enough to send me this definition:
A festive cake for celebrating Christmas here in Australia. Commonly full of dried fruits (a variety) soaked in alcohol. Flour, brown sugar, eggs cinnamon, nutmeg. ... read more →
Posted on December 12, 2008
The other day, I noticed that I had 2 butternut squash sitting in my kitchen, waiting to be cooked. The first I turned into butternut squash soup.
I wanted to be a bit more creative with the second one, so I figured I’d make fries out of them. The boys must have eaten an entire 3 pound squash worth of oven fries. They chowed on them all afternoon and then asked for more. I ate quite a few myself, to me ... read more →
Posted on December 9, 2008
Mushrooms are one of my favorite foods. I bought some recently on a trip to the store, though I had no idea what would become of them.
The next day I took out one of my favorite cookbooks, A Cook’s Book of Mushrooms and began to flip through the pages. I found a great recipe, made a few changes (replacing sugar with stevia, etc.) and whipped it up for dinner. Although it looks complicated and has a few steps, this recipe ... read more →
Posted on December 2, 2008
For those of you that have been asking about classes, I will be teaching at the Culinary School of the Rockies on January 26, 2009.
In this class titled, “The Art of Gluten-Free Baking,” we will learn how to make classic desserts the gluten-free way. Fun and easy dishes will include chocolate chip cookies, double chocolate brownies, currant scones and apple crisp. I took a class at CSR a couple of weeks ago and had a great time in their gorgeous ... read more →
Posted on December 1, 2008
Leftover turkey? I opened the fridge this morning and noticed I still had a pile of cooked bird from Thanksgiving. While I am more than happy to have a surplus of food during these times, I must admit, I was perplexed as to what to do with it.
Turkey chili of course. Here’s a recipe that I threw together, literally, in the crockpot. Feel free to adapt this chili to your liking and make it up as you go along, like ... read more →