This holiday breakfast is warm, cheerful, and tasty. Everything on the menu is easier than it looks, so you won't wind up stranded in the kitchen all morning. Imagine actually sitting down to enjoy the meal along with your family and friends. With only a little planning, the pace can be as leisurely as you like. You can start some things the night before, giving you a jump on things come morning.
Where I live, solstice day was bleak and cold. It rained hard all day and by 2PM I had already lit a few candles and turned on the sparkly white Christmas lights. I stayed mostly in the kitchen where I had put a pot of beans on to cook even though I had no immediate plans for them. The decision was spontaneous, so the beans hadn't been soaked and required a good long time on the stove. I added a little onion, a few whole garlic gloves, a bay leaf, some peppercorns, and a few pinches of salt to the pot and set it on the back burner where it quietly bubbled away for the rest of the afternoon. What old, half-buried instinct was I obeying when I did this? The only thing I know is that my need to have something (anything) simmering on the stove was as great as the need for the actual beans themselves.
Q: I'm looking to cook Christmas dinner for my parents for the first time this year. They're very traditional in what they like to eat and my mother is also gluten-free. Can you recommend some traditional but interesting gluten-free recipes for sides and appetizers?
Q: My husband has decided that we're having beef tenderloin for Christmas dinner. The only problem is, I've never made one before! I cook a lot from The Joy of Cooking so that's about my cooking level. Dinner is casual, but spruced up a bit for Christmas, with 8 people total. Do your readers have any recipes or ideas?
This year's holiday card, designed by the fabulous Paulina Reyes.
Here at Apartment Therapy and The Kitchn, we want to wish you a very happy holidays. Because we're always trying to help and inspire people to do it for themselves, we sent out over a thousand holiday cards last week with the delicious Fox & Sparkler Cocktail Recipe (above and below). To an additional three hundred of our closest friends and contributors, we sent out a box filled with the recipe, a bottle of our own handmade simple syrup, sparkling candles, and fresh rosemary to kickstart their own party. This is the way we roll.
Q: My Puerto Rican mother has been cooking Christmas Eve dinner for my Italian father's family since the '90s. The problem: they only eat pasta or plainly-seasoned meat, which creates some creative roadblocks for my mother. Any ideas for dishes to serve to a large, picky Italian crowd?!
Q: My boyfriend and I want to have a nice Christmas dinner celebration before we both go off to our respective hometowns for the holiday, but a traditional dinner entails a lot of food that the two of us can't possibly finish. Any suggestions for a holiday dinner menu for two?
This past week was a rainy, gray one in Seattle and I had a little time to sneak away and do some holiday baking. I find the afternoons are the best time for me to tackle a recipe—mornings are often busy with writing tasks and evenings are filled with social obligations. And on those afternoons, it's nice to take it slow and enjoy a warm, festive beverage while baking. You often read about wine and food pairings, but what about cookie and warm beverage pairings?
This holiday my loved ones will receive goats, honeybees, and community gardens – not literally, but in the form of symbolic gifts that help people truly in need. If you, too, are looking for a gift for someone who has everything, or a unique way to nourish individuals, families, and communities, check out these Rescue Gifts from the International Rescue Committee.
Baking cookies without butter, eggs or dairy isn't as challenging as it seems, especially with the help of these inventive and seasonal recipes from some of our favorite bloggers. From eggnog cheesecake thumbprints to no-bake peppermint patty bars, these cookies capture the festive flavors of the season while also being completely vegan.