Leading up to Christmas, we were trying to keep it healthy and light (when it came to meal time) - so there were a lot of soup & salad dinners. This was a uniquely interesting salad, inspired by something I found online, with fresh spinach, grapes, toasted hazelnuts, millet, and romesco broccoli. I always forget about putting grains and cooked veggies in salads, but I really like how it makes the whole thing feel so much substantial. If you have any favorite salad recipes with grains &/or cooked veggies in them - please let me know! I need some help with salad innovation.
Also, as you can see - I was going to stage this salad all nicely, but I decided it would be more authentic to leave it on the coffee table complete with stamps and gift tags and my Superman address book (for sending late Christmas cards)... this really captures the pre-holiday spirit!
As always, I was in charge of a veggie entree. This year I decided to make Spinach & Mushroom Stuffed Shells. They came out perfectly (and I made a TON, as you can see). I made a double batch of tofu ricotta, browned 2 lbs of sliced mushrooms with white wine, steamed and chopped 2 lbs of spinach, and super caramelized a couple of onions. Then I mixed all that together to make the filling, and topped it all off with some homemade pasta sauce and some cashew/pine nut cream. They were super delicious, and luckily there were tons left over (which was all part of my evil plan). Now I have a freezer full of stuffed shells for whenever I want a quick and pre-made dinner. Yay!
I was also in charge of dessert - and for the first thing, I made a repeat of the same galette that I made at Thanksgiving: apples, bosc pears, and spiced quince - with a dash of rum. Soooooo good.
Also, check out my awesome new Christmas table cloth that I got on Vintage Etsy. I love it so much. It's from Sweden. Those Swedish people really know how to do Christmas right.
The other dessert I made was Hannah Kaminsky's Pecan Pie Truffles (with Bourbon!). Hot damn, these are some tasty little numbers!!! I made them last year for xmas, and now I pretty much just wish I could live off of them. They are so super, super delicious. The only thing I did slightly differently was that instead of graham cracker crumbs I used Windmill Cookie crumbs instead. Super yums!
this broccotree going around on the net, I knew just what to make him for Christmas! I brought it to him for our Christmas Eve family dinner, so that he could start eating it right away. It was really easy and fun and he was pretty stoked on it.
Here's my one piece of advice if you are ever going to make yourself a Broccotree: This used up about 3.5 lbs of broccoli! You need a lot of broccoli!
I love this picture of my mom lighting the candles before breakfast. Also, if you look closely, you can see some of the toys from our Christmas crackers left over from dinner the night before.
I hope you all had a wonderful holiday! I'm a little late with my Christmas Wrap-up, so I'll take this opportunity to wish you a Happy New Year too! (see, I've got both hats on, get it??!)