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This year, I wanted to experiment with a few new and non-traditional recipes (for example: berry pie instead of pumpkin pie). The following highlights some interesting recipes I made from Real Simple and Epicurious.
Carmelized Onion Tart With Apples: I chose to make this because I liked the fact that this recipe was a mix of a savory and sweet flavors. Specifically, carmelized onions add a perfect flair to any recipe. Plus, this recipe called for Pastry Sheets which means I didn’t have to make the dough! Simple, easy, few ingredients, and delicious! What’s not to love?
Step 1: Chop Onions and Apples
Step 2: Carmelize Onions;
Add Apples and Other Spices
Step 3: Thaw Pastry Sheets, Add
Sour Cream, Apples and
Carmelized Onions, Bake!
Mustard-Crusted Pork Roasted With Shallots and Wine Sauce: I’m not going to lie — this recipe just LOOKED amazing from it’s picture so I decided on a whim to make it. Good thing I wasn’t dissapointed! I would have never thought to use Mustard, but it made the pork juicy and very flavorful.
Step 1: Toss Shallots in Olive Oil
Step 2: Mix Mustards and Chopped
Sage; Add to Pork
Step 3: Bake at 400 Degrees for 95
Minutes, Cut, Serve!
Now, this next concoction was a mix of two recipes: Classic Sour Cherry Pie With Lattice Crust (crust) and Mixed Berry Pie With Ginger, Orange, and Almond Streusel (filling). Every time I make pie, I always end up with too many leftovers that do not get eaten in time. So, this time, I opted to make individualized berry pies. Plus, I found a super good deal at Kitchen Kaboodle ($2.95 each for Ramekins!).
Step 1: Make Dough With Flour, Butter,
and Other Ingredients; Chill Slightly
Step 2: Use Rolling Pin to Roll Out
Dough, Spread onto Ramekins,
Cut Off Border
Step 3: Use Pastry Wheel to Cut Lattices
Step 4: Stir Filling with Berries,
Sugar, Cornstarch, and Lemon Juice
Step 5: Fill Dough, Place Lattices, Bake!
The dessert definitely took the longest hands-on time to make, but it was definitely worth it. I hope your Christmas was fabulous!
Christmas is one of my FAVORITE times of year — family traditions, delicious food, wonderful sights, and the reminder to be thankful makes this a truly enjoyable time.
1. Christmas Lights — Every house on Peacock Lane in Southeast Portland is completely decorated in Christmas lights starting on December 15 and lasting through December 31. I don’t know if I’d get any sleep with all of the lights and constant stream of cars passing through if I lived there, but I am in complete awe and admiration of their light display!
2. Christmas Sweets — Not only do I love desserts and all things sweet, but I love concocting sweets into some type of creative invention. So, Gingerbread Houses seem to satisfy this desire through the Holiday season. Although I didn’t make my own this year, I did manage to luckily find a Gingerbread competition while on vacation at the lodge in Sunriver, Oregon. These definitely weren’t the traditional Gingerbread houses, but I did pick a few to show of my favorites:
Gingerbread Ski Lodge
Gingerbread Woodstock Style
3. Christmas Music — There’s something about Christmas music that always puts me in a good mood. I haven’t had time to go this year, but last year I went to The Grotto in Portland and loved hearing the choir sing.
4. Christmas Movies – Even though we watch it (It’s a Wonderful Life) every Christmas, it never gets old.
5. Christmas Food – Of course, I couldn’t forget the Christmas food! This year, I experimented with new recipes and a non-traditional dessert for the Holiday season. Check it out here.
Every now and then, I feel the urge to be crafty. My inspiration for this week’s craft adventure arises from two sources: my Aunt and a fabulous pop-up book from my childhood. First, my Aunt creatively makes holiday cards from scratch instead of buying Hallmark cards. Secondly, as a young child, I was always fascinated by the intricate detail of pop-up books. One of my favorite pop-up books is titled America the Beautiful by Robert Sabuda. I’ve included a few pictures to give you a quick taste of my favorite pop-up book!
Golden Gate Bridge
So, as a result of my two inspirations, I decided to make pop-up Christmas cards this year. Granted, my pop-up Christmas cards look nothing like my childhood pop-up books. But, I did want to at least attempt something different for these cards instead of the standard fare!
Basically, I created a simple card with Christmas trees as the pop-up theme. I used green and red paper stock for the Christmas cards themselves and used a hole puncher to cut out perfect circles for the ornaments on the Christmas trees. In addition, I also added stamping, stickers, and a short personalized note to the bottom with a metallic gold pen.
It is a simple card, but I’m actually quite happy with the final result and I hope that my skills and creativity will improve with the upcoming years!