Posts tagged as entertaining/holidays

Bagna Cauda

Posted by Stephanie Meyer on Jan 18, 2011 at 9:12am

I’m a salty girl, always, but I think my cravings are even more intense in the winter. Lately I’ve been plucking little balls of fresh mozzarella cheese from their whey bath, sprinkling them with salt, and popping them in my mouth like cherries. Good Lord they’re good that way – who needs tomatoes and basil?…

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Swedish Meatballs (Gluten-free)

Posted by Stephanie Meyer on Dec 29, 2010 at 2:21pm

Swedish meatballs make a scrumptious main dish or festive party appetizer – your call. Tender, fragrant with allspice and nutmeg, and bathed in a lightly creamy sauce, everyone goes wild for them. Only you need to know that they’re not complicated to make, and as a bonus, they’re pretty cheap eats, too. If you serve…

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On the Lighter Side

Posted by Stephanie Meyer on Dec 27, 2010 at 12:01pm

I am stuffed to the max from rich holiday foods. Even though I was successful in avoiding gluten and grains, the salt really catches up to me. Puff city. And after a week of heavier foods, salads, fish, and brothy soups just sound so right to me. While these recipes aren’t new, I thought you…

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The Prep Ends, Eating Begins!

Posted by Stephanie Meyer on Dec 27, 2010 at 9:56am

To me, it’s not Christmas without my mom’s fabulous 1970s appetizer platter. I use it all the time, this time for fondue vegetables. The smooth, tangy cheese… …and rich beef tenderloin fondue were both amazing. Fried beef. Yes. But I think my very favorite were the crispy cauliflower fritters – ridiculously good. I used two…

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Yet Even More In Progress…

Posted by Stephanie Meyer on Dec 24, 2010 at 11:43am

The table is set. The Alice Medrich chocolate souffles – not too rich, nicely chocolatey – are ready for the oven.  They’re both gluten-free and do-ahead.  If they washed dishes, they’d be perfect.  (That giant one in the back is for John!) Cauliflower is blanched.  It still needs a coating of breadcrumbs, then it will…

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Even More In Progress…

Posted by Stephanie Meyer on Dec 24, 2010 at 9:17am

Ooh, here’s another quick crowd-pleaser from the lovely blog Jenn Cuisine: Pan-Roasted Almonds with Thyme & Truffle Oil. They take mere minutes to make and whoamygoodness, they are insanely delicious. I’m putting these away now so there are at least a few left for my guests. Yikes. The skaters arrived! And both sauces are now…

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More In Progress…

Posted by Stephanie Meyer on Dec 24, 2010 at 7:30am

If you’re scrambling today, wishing you’d made Christmas cookies, I offer this fast and delicious chocolate almond coconut bark. It takes 10 minutes to prepare! And just try to keep your hands off of it. If you hate coconut, or almonds, substitute crushed toffee, or peanuts, or whatever you do like – this bark is…

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In Progress…

Posted by Stephanie Meyer on Dec 23, 2010 at 10:40am

I asked my son what he would like for Christmas Eve dinner, something out of our ordinary, something that would feel special. He requested…escargot! How fabulous, right?  I immediately jumped online, ordered the snails, and decided I’d rather not deal with the shells.  The dish that inspired Nathan’s request is Cave Vin’s shelless version anyhow,…

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Hint-of-Sweet Pumpkin Custard

Posted by Stephanie Meyer on Nov 14, 2010 at 7:00pm

As I’ve mentioned, I’m trying to eat as little sugar as possible. So far, so good, although I absolutely love pumpkin pie and didn’t want to miss out this holiday season. Since pumpkin itself is quite nutritious, I decided to experiment with a classic, cream-based pumpkin filling (the best kind, in my opinion) and see…

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Using Creme Fraiche Part IV: Celery Root & Leek Soup

Posted by Stephanie Meyer on Nov 4, 2010 at 8:00pm

You might have passed right by celery root (also known as celeriac) at the store, thinking it looked anything but edible.  I admit, it freaked me out the first time I shopped for it, but I trusted the description I’d read (pleasantly mild celery taste, texture similar to a potato, overall effect of savory, delicious…

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