Holiday Recipe Link Bonanza

In the month leading up to Christmas, I make a lot of lists to keep myself from panicking — lists of people and presents, lists of tasks, and lists of food. This year, I think the food list was the only thing with everything checked off in time. I pulled out some old favorite recipes and a few new ones. Making my shopping list turned into an epic hunt for all of the recipes I wanted, so I decided to document them here with links so I’ll know where to find them next time. I’m happy to report that there were no duds this year, but I’ll still put my favorites at the top of the list.

Holiday Socks

1. Gramercy Tavern Gingerbread

My sister made this gingerbread at Thanksgiving and it was so good, I decided to make it for Christmas too. It was even better than I remembered — super moist, with chewy, not-quite-bitter edges. I seriously cannot stop eating this.

2. Mushrooms Stuffed With Brie

This recipe was new to me, but how could it not be good? I used crimini mushrooms instead of white, and olive oil instead of butter. They were super fast & easy to make — fantastic appetizer.

3. Potato and Sweet Potato Tian

This was a repeat performance of last year’s dinner party favorite. Also, it took me forever to find the recipe because I forgot that it was called a tian — I don’t even know how to pronounce that.

4. Baked Blueberry-Pecan French Toast

Yes, this is the same French toast that sent me to the emergency room earlier this year. I have since learned that the co-op will slice my baguette for me. Yay for intact fingers!

5. Green Beans With Walnuts and Shallot Crisps

I love these green beans. Love them. Also, shallot crisps are like crack.

6. Monkey Bread

It is a tradition at my house that my mom makes monkey bread on Christmas Eve so we can eat it for Christmas breakfast. The monkey bread has never once survived to see Christmas morning. There are lots of similar recipes for this floating around. Here is the one we swear by:

biscuits 4cans sm
3/4 cup sugar
3 tbsp cinnamon
1/2 cup butter or margarine
3/4 cup brown sugar

grease a tube pan. mix sugar and cinnamon together. cut biscuits into fourths and roll in cinnamon sugar. melt butter and brown sugar together. pour 1/2 mix  over 1/2 biscuits. top with remaining half biscuits and melted butter. bake at 350 for 30 -35 min.

Merry Merry!

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