It started one evening around the table enjoying braised lamb with roasted acorn squash and golden potatoes with plenty of garlic and onions. It was also served with a side of wilted kale, something bitter to counter balance the sweet and aromatic lamb that was seasoned with turmeric, curry, and citrus. Our food-loving friends began talking about what the Thanksgiving menu was going to be like as we shared favorites that reminds us of childhood or past dishes we have enjoyed. We all had a common theme- plenty of tasteful and unique food. The menu seemed to grow throughout the evening as one concept led to another. It is so great to be around friends that enjoy talking about food as much as us.
The Holidays is always a pastry chef ‘s favorite time of year. It is time for baking cookies, candies, Holiday pies, and other fun treats that makes everyone giddy. Even if you don’t have a sweet tooth there is something about this time to bring out the kid in you. When you are cooking for a group of friends you want to have a nice display of desserts that each will enjoy. This year, with new friends to divulge into course after course, I want the final course to be simple but exciting having something everyone will enjoy.
I found a recipe on Food and Wine today that was a great example of a favorite combination of pumpkin and a traditional Italian dessert – a Tiramisu. Then for those who love pie I will include a traditional apple with a lattice top, because they are just so beautiful, but maybe I spice it up with fresh ginger and bourbon. At last a cake for those who don’t like pie, but that could be chocolate or carrot, I haven’t quite decided.
Being pregnant and preparing for the holidays has been a challenge, since at 37 weeks now my energy is not quite like it was before. I have also been planning my Christmas cookie list and hopefully will be complete with that before our little girl graces us with her presence. I decided on the Christmas treats to include the Peppermint bark, Hazelnut Toffee, Almond biscotti, butter cookie sandwiched with lemon curd, and a gooey-buttery pecan bar. I wanted a combination of treats that would delight anyone's pallet. So here we go, back to the kitchen with a new Mixer (Merry Christmas to Me), and the time to enjoy the simple goodness of baking while watching the snow fall.
Stay tune for the Thanksgiving menu!
A passionate food lover writing about life and meals from a small mountain town in Silverton Colorado and beyond.