Entries from Palmabella's Passions tagged with 'Holiday Food'

Holiday Breakfast: Gingerbread Pancakes

Need a fun and delicious idea for Christmas breakfast? How about some gingerbread pancakes? I used a pancake mold, but regular round pancakes would taste just as good! I used this recipe from the Magnolia Cafe that I found...

The Gingerbread Project

I have never made a "structure" of gingerbread. I've made gingerbread cookies, muffins, and cheesecake, and when teaching, of course my class made the graham cracker houses, but I wanted to try something small, and not too involved. I decided...

Food From the Heart

Last year I went a little overboard on heart-shaped food during the week before Valentine's Day. We had everything I could think of in the shape of a heart, plus a few more that didn't fit in this photo package!...

Stained Glass Cookies

2 1/2 c. flour 1/2 t. salt 2 sticks (1 c.) unsalted butter 3 oz. cream cheese 1 cup sugar 1 egg yolk 1 T. vanilla 2 rolls of assorted color lifesavers, crushed by color Sift together flour and...

Gingerbread Cheesecake

I made Martha's Gingerbread Cheesecake for my book club. First make Gingerbread Cookies. This is the Fanny Farmer recipe: 1 cup butter 1 c. sugar 1 egg 1 c. molasses 2 T. vinegar 5 c. flour 1 1/2 tsp baking...

Holiday Dinner Party '08

Friday night we hosted our annual dinner with friends, Jan and Les and Fiona and Steve. They are all leaving for the holidays, so we needed to have it early in the month. The trees were all lit, plenty of...

Cookie Tins

This morning I assembled cookie tins with an assortment of my homemade treats. Two recipients I will see tonight at our dinner party, so they needed to be done, even though I have a few more recipes to make before...

Buon Natale Cookies

I would be such a happy girl if I could get up every morning and bake. Even more fun than baking, is decorating, and presenting recipes. This morning I am arranging a large platter of cookies for my book...

Reindeer Cookies

Bake with kids, grandkids, or kids of friends? Or just a big kid yourself? Try this fun recipe for Reindeer Cookies. Take your favorite cookie dough or use this peanut butter one from www.kaboose.com. Shape chilled dough into balls, then...

Food Hangover

We began with Babbo breadsticks and cheese spread with our triple berry cosmos before dinner. Then we ate Brad's BBQ ribs! LOTS of ribs! Warm gorgonzola potatoes with portabello mushrooms: Fennel-orange-spinach salad: We are RARELY home on the 4th of...

Pork, Peaches, and Dessert Made from Leftovers!

I barbequed a pork loin marinated in olive oil, and lots of thyme. The peach sauce was delicious! We also had haricot verts with pancetta and sliced almonds, and some leftover polenta. Peach Sauce: 2 peached, peeled and chopped...

Happy St Paddy's Day!

Hope you are wearing your green! I have been! Have an oatmeal cookie with me!...

Valentine's Day Dinner

Our menu was geared for something special, that I could also pull off on a long work day (10 to 6:30 with two 1 hour breaks between clients). Filet mignon with gorgonzola and balsamic reduction sauce Polenta hearts with mozzarella...

Amaretti Heartbreaker Waffles

I tried this recipe I found on the Williams-Sonoma website. Of course, THERE, they are called CHOCOLATE-Amaretti Heartbreakers. Yes, I deleted the dark chocolate and the coco powder, and doubled the amaretti! No syrup necessary. They are great with...

Asparagus Heart Tart

A favorite recipe gets a new shape! I posted this LAST February when I fixed this for a book club lunch. This year, I gave it a new shape in my heart-shaped tart pan. This peppery dough makes one...

Raspberry Sweetheart Cake

This is a pretty pink-swirled cake for Valentine's Day (especially if there are any other non-chocolate lovers out there). I used THIS recipe from Williams-Sonoma. I don't have that cute little rose cupcake pan, so I made it in a...

The Last Cake of 2007

I had to try out my new Santa cake pan. Here he is. It was kind of fun!...

More Cake

Here is an Eggnog Pound Cake (from one of Williams-Sonoma seasonal mixes). This is for dessert with eggnog ice cream and optional caramel sauce! OK, just one more CAKE this year...I promise! (I said nothing about any other desserts!) The...

Cream Cheese Cherry-Vanilla Pound Cake

Yes, I'm still baking. Our "family" arrives soon, so the eating frenzy is not QUITE over until New Years! The good news is that while I LOVE to bake, I do not have a sweet tooth. I have actually LOST...

Cream Cheese Almond Cake

Cream Cheese Almond Cake with Almond Pastry Cream Cake: 1 1/2 cups butter, softened 8 oz. cream cheese 3 c. sugar 6 eggs 3 c. flour 1t. almond extract 1 T. Amaretto 1 recipe of Almond Pastry Cream (for...

Book Club Holiday Lunch

This month , because everyone was busy, we wanted a short read. We decided to re-read (or read for the first time) Dickens' "A Christmas Carol". We were all glad we did and enjoyed reading it! Here was a fun...

Dinner Party Menu

Each year, we have our wonderful friends, Jan and Les, and Fiona, Steve, and Fiona's mom (visiting from Wales) over for an evening of decadence. We enjoy a wonderful meal, plenty of wine, and tons of gifts! In case you...

More Baking

This year I made some new recipes. I decided to try rugaleh. Well, that dough smelled so yummy, I made four batches...with four different fillings: fig, raspberry, pomegranite, and cinnamon-raisin! Then I did a peanut-butter version of the cream cheese...

I've Been Baking

First we have the "old standards". It wouldn't be Christmas without shortbread and toffee! Then we HAVE to have "World's Best Cookies" (Brad's favorite, even though he's a chocolate lover, and there is NO chocolate in these) More cookies and...

Oreo Cream Cheese Balls

These are easy, no-bake treats. Dipping in the chocolate may take a while, though! 2 8oz. packages of cream cheese (softened) 1/3 -1/2 c. powdered sugar (I use less because I WANT to taste the cream cheese) 10-12 oreo...

"Cheater Cookies"

I call these "cheater cookies" because they are not made from scratch. Oh well. Quick and delicious! Robin Miller demonstrated these on the Food Network's "All Star Cookies" special. One "tube" of refrigerated sugar cookie dough. 1/2 cup pistachios...

Turkeys

Yesterday I brought Cookie Turkeys to the staff of the agency where I supervise. Since I am not cooking for Thanksgiving, I had an urge to make SOMETHING. That's an oreo (taken apart), spread with chocolate frosting, a peanut...

February Book Club Luncheon

Today I hosted our monthly Book Club Lunch. Even though Valentine's Day has past, I kept the theme, as we read a love story for February: "The Wedding" by Nicholas Sparks. My table was set with gold and silver, with...

The Train Cake

In ANOTHER moment of insanity, I bought the train cake pan at Williams-Sonoma. I decided to launch it for my houseguests after Christmas. The recipe is a simple vanilla cake batter, and the pan does the rest. I made the...

Another Dinner Party???

Yes, last night we had friends Fiona, Steve, May, Diane and Marti to dinner. We began with appetizers of hot artichoke dip and filo tarts with brie, fig jam and almonds. Our first course was a re-run of freshly made...

A Holiday Dinner Party

On December 16, we had friends, Louise and Dave to dinner. Louise is an MFT intern I supervise. She is a pre-licensed therapist for Family Services for the Agua Caliente tribe of Native Americans. We meet weekly for two enjoyable...

Candyland

I made three kinds of candy this year. First was Peppermint Bark: Next I made Microwave Caramels with seasalt! They are so delicious and EASY! Here is the recipe: http://www.countryhome.com/food/giftsfromkitchen_ss2.html Finally, I made two batches of my annual toffee. It...

Let the Baking Begin!

I love to bake anytime of the year, but especially at Christmas! I kicked off this year's kitchen marathon with 30 mini-loaves. Cranberry Orange Bread with Grand Marnier Glaze 1 1/2 c. unsalted butter 1 1/2 c. sugar 4 eggs...