“Pressure” is one of those odd words in the English language. Sometimes used to describe physical force exerted, influence, or persuasion, this time of year we tend to think of stressful urgency. After all, isn’t that what cooking around holiday time seems to feel like?
I love this time of year! All of the great family gatherings and parties — and acceptable increased sugar consumption! 🙂 This dish flirts with the very fine line between vegetable and dessert. Even non-sweet-potato-lovers will adore this casserole!
Some times I long for simpler days. I even get twinges of nostalgia for the pioneer times – neighbours had to work together, houses were small and easy to maintain, divorce was unheard of, children didn’t stare at an iPad all day long, and mealtime was a family affair.
This is probably the most incredible apple crisp you will ever taste, in my humble opinion. It is sweet, tart, chewy, buttery, and boasts a surprise with the sauce that looks like caramel, but has a fresh appley-citrusy-bourbony zing.
I have a couple different philosophies when it comes to dessert:
It is so much fun to see how Kristina has surpassed me – by light years – when it comes to cooking. She is creative and instinctive, and possesses the natural ability to invent adventurous (and wonderful!) culinary combinations.
I’m so thankful some people are picky eaters! A few years ago we attended a wedding reception, and sat at table with several people we didn’t know. The first course of the dinner was a tiny bowl of lobster bisque. Some people don’t like seafood! Hooray! I got to eat their soup course, which totally made my evening.
There is something so wonderful about this time of year — even though everyone is busy with programs, parties, and dozens of other activities, there’s this driving desire to connect with friends we haven’t seen for a long time. “Stop by for tea!”
Meeting an old friend after a long time and feeling like nothing has changed.
Hot and melty artichoke dip may not be the kind of friend I can hang out with, but when this recipe resurfaced after a couple years on the shelf, the friendship has been renewed and strengthened.
I am a very visual person — things need to LOOK good, but still please all my senses. I also like to experiment. But when I find something that works well, I repeat it over and over. When roasting a full turkey, this is my go-to method. It may be strange, but the results are amazing!
Every family has its quirks and weirdness. My family may just have more than our share, but I love them anyway! When serving spiced apple cider, we always call it “Spider”. Mash-up of words? Sure, so why not a mash-up of beverages???