Headed to Disney for the weekend! I'm so excited. We're definitely going to Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party tonight at Magic Kingdom, but other than that I don't know exactly what we'll be doing yet. Alex brought up Sea World, which could be interesting. I haven't been there since I was little, and I really don't have much memory of it. I always love the Disney parks, but it could be fun to do something different. Either way, I'm sure we'll have a blast. I love Disney at Christmas!
Friday, December 6, 2013
Thursday, December 5, 2013
With whiskey maple cream sauce.
Umm.. It's a good thing I posted that extremely healthy salad on Tuesday. Remember how I mentioned in that post that I had a few ingredients leftover from our Thanksgiving cooking, and that I could make some pecan pie cookies or a bread pudding with them? Well, an idea struck and I went a little wild with it. This dessert was 100% made with a "more is more" mentality. On Thanksgiving I made a chocolate pretzel pecan pie to take to dinner with Alex's family, but honestly I think that desserts can get a little lost after all that food. I made a total of four desserts, two for here and two for there, but I was so exhausted that I don't even remember if I tried them all. Hopefully they came out good, but who knows. Two straight days of cooking and you're bound to have a few flops. Anyway, I know for sure that I didn't end up trying the chocolate pretzel pecan pie, but I really loved the idea of it and it sure did look beautiful. After deciding to combine the ideas of pecan pie and bread pudding, I figured that I should go ahead and throw in some chocolate chips and pretzels, too. Not just any pretzels, of course. Peanut butter filled pretzels. And why stop there? I know some people make their pecan pies with maple syrup instead of corn syrup, so I figured that a pecan pie bread pudding could really use some maple, too. In the spirit of excess, I decided to make a whiskey maple cream sauce to rest each slice of bread pudding on. Then, in a move that was pure gluttony, I drizzled even more chocolate over the top. It would have been fine to stop there, but I decided to serve it with a huge scoop of vanilla ice cream, too. I'm pretty sure I only stopped there because my camera battery died and the ice cream was starting to melt. Otherwise, I think some whipped cream on top would have been a perfect final touch to this salty/sweet treat. Now, if someone could just come and take the pan away from me that would be great.
Wednesday, December 4, 2013
'Tis the season for parties. If you're looking for a really fun recipe that everyone's sure to love, look no further than these polenta canapés. Creamy parmesan polenta squares are topped three different ways: caramelized onions & goat cheese, sautéed bell peppers & gorgonzola, and roasted apples & Andouille sausage. They're seriously good and pretty simple to put together, so you really don't need a special occasion to enjoy them. Get the recipe here on Best Friends For Frosting.
Tuesday, December 3, 2013
It's pretty terrible going straight from a huge weekend of Thanksgiving feasting right into the Christmas season. Inevitably there will be lots of cakes and cookies and cocktails, and who can say no? Plus, we've still got all these little odds and ends left from Thanksgiving. Just now, I was thinking that I should really bake pecan pie cookies, just because we have a bag of pecans leftover from making casserole toppings. Which reminds me that we also have a loaf of bread leftover, so I could really make a bread pudding, too. It'll all just end in me not being able to fit into my New Year's Eve dress. It's a good thing that I like healthy foods almost just as much. This Thai-style salad is super easy AND healthy, and while it's not as exciting as cookies, it is incredibly good. The recipe makes a huge amount and keeps really well in the fridge, so it's especially perfect to eat for lunch throughout the week. I served it with a quick cilantro lime dressing, but it's also delicious with peanut vinaigrette. Either way, I recommend you don't skip the avocado slices on top. They really just bring the whole thing together.