Cooking at Home for the Holidays

January 2013

IMG_0720One of the best parts of having an extended holiday break is getting to spend time in the kitchen.  Although I did try a few new recipes, this year I prepared a lot of the boys’ favorites.  The colder weather provided the opportunity for us to enjoy some recipes we have not made in a long time!

One day I will get better at taking pictures – until then, here are links to recipes that I was able to find online (some with pictures):

 

1.  WHOLE FOODS CHEDDAR, CORN AND POTATO CHOWDER- http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/recipe/cheddar-corn-and-potato-chowder

We absolutely love this soup.  Reheats well.  I found this recipe on the Whole Foods App on my iPhone a couple of years ago.  I actually use this App from time to time when I am at HEB and need a new idea for a dish.

2.  RACHEL RAY’S BARBECUED BEEF AND BAKED BEAN CHILI with CHEESE BISCUITS-  http://www.rachaelray.com/recipe.php?recipe_id=2147

This is a great dish to have on hand when the boys have friends over.  We skip the scallions in the biscuits (which are soooo easy to make!  A double batch may be in order!)

3.  COOKING LIGHT CORN FRITTER CASSEROLE- http://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/corn-fritter-casserole-10000000689931/

This is a perfect side for the spiral ham that we frequently pick up after Christmas (on sale most years at this time).  Once again, we opt out of a few veggies – no peppers or onions (I just sub a little onion powder).  Not enough anyways to make a difference in the “healthy” quotient.  I don’t always go for the “light” recipe – sometimes it is just easier to use 2 whole eggs and regular cream cheese.

4.  MARTHA STEWART PROSCUITTO WRAPPED CHICKEN BREAST- http://www.marthastewart.com/341415/prosciutto-wrapped-chicken-breast-with-r

This is my first new recipe for the holiday break.  Very simple and quick. I sliced the boneless chicken breasts in half lengthwise – they are so large otherwise.  The oregano is still thriving in my garden, so I placed a sprig on each piece of chicken before wrapping it with the prosciutto.  Since my homegrown oregano has pretty thick stalks, I pulled the sprigs out before serving. The leftover chicken provided a nice addition sliced on top of a spinach salad the next day.

5.  RACHEL RAY’S ALBONDIGAS SUBS WITH FIRE-ROASTED SALSA- http://www.rachaelrayshow.com/food/recipes/albondigas-subs-spicy-spanish-meatball-subs/

This recipe is a little more labor intensive then most of Rachel’s recipes, but well worth it.  I found this one online when I was scoping out her SXSW party here in Austin a couple of years ago.

*Salsa note – this is where I got my inspiration for our family go-to salsa recipe.  I basically make the fire-roasted salsa as stated in the recipe.  Then I toss it in the food processor to get rid of the big chunks of veggies.  Adding a little Chipotle Tabasco and fresh lime juice after processing provides the final layers of flavor.

6.  SOPAPILLA CHEESCAKE PIE (from Allrecipes.com)- http://allrecipes.com/recipe/sopapilla-cheesecake-pie/Detail.aspx

In searching for a quick dessert to accompany our New Year’s Eve Mole feast, I came across this recipe – tons of rave reviews intrigued me to give it a try.  I was pleasantly surprised at how easy it cut when it was cooled.  The only change I made to the recipe was waiting to drizzle the honey until right before I served it.  In fact, you could put the honey on the table and let everyone choose the perfect amount of honey for their liking.   The verdict was – YUM!

A video of the easy prep for this recipe is provided at the link above.

Would love to hear about some of the recipes you have been enjoying this holiday season!

 

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