Sometimes you just want the comfort of soup.
Tomato Basil Soup
Grilled Cheese Sandwiches
Green Salad with Roasted Red Peppers, Gingered Carrots and Fuji Apples
Happy birthday dinner for H.
Butter-Soy Braised Cauliflower
We hosted the family Christmas day gathering this year. We provided ham, popovers and egg noodles for my mom’s Swedish meatballs. At the end of the day there was ham and egg noodles leftover. So I took a page from Thanksgiving leftovers and made a tetrazzini type dish.
The butter, milk and cheese make this rich dish. Perfect for the week before New Year’s resolutions have us all eating kale-cauliflower-mango smoothies.
Prep time: 15 minutes
Total time: 30 minutes
I would normally salt the mushrooms and onions while sauteing them as it helps draw out the moisture. That said this is already going to be a salty dish with the broth (unless it is homemade), ham and Parmesan. Leaving the salt out means it’ll take a little longer to cook down the mushrooms and onions. Patience, and temperature control, are your friend.
My family joined us for Christmas brunch today, which was a potluck sort of affair. It was a fun day despite 7″ of new snow overnight that pushed are gathering time back a bit.
Items we provided are marked with an asterisk.
French toast casserole
Baked Hame with Cherry Glaze *
Swedish Meatballs (with Egg Noodles *)
Fruit Salad *
Pineapple Upside-down Cake
Follow a number of food bloggers on Instagram and other social media. One of my favorites is theboywhobakes. Around Thanksgiving time he posted an roulade (though I think of it as a jelly roll) that looked so tasty I saved the post for a random weekend when I’d be able to examine it further. This was that weekend.
I confess that jelly rolls don’t have a good reputation in our kitchen. More often than not then have become the basis for a sweet trifle when they cracked in half during rolling. For whatever reason I was convinced I could make it work. Then I looked at the recipe and was a bit dumbfounded. This looked like no jelly roll cake I’d seen before and I looked away. I found a cake recipe I was more comfortable with, tweaked it a bit and went with that.
The jelly roll still cracked however it was delicious. Worthy of another try I think.
Notes under the cut
Ted took over the dinner menu this week because I wanted to make a jelly roll for dessert. The turkey roulade look similar to the jelly roll; dessert could be called a roulade if we were so inclined.
Turkey Roulade with Garlicky Swiss Chard and Parmesan
Baked Macaroni and Cheese
Scallion Beer Bread
Jelly Roll with Cranberry Compote and Orange Mascarpone
The week before the biggest eating day of the year seems like a good time to go for some breakfasty goodness at dinner time.
Blueberry Sauce, Real Maple Syrup plus Pancake Syrup for those of us who prefer the taste
Fruit Salad (Watermelon, Papaya, and Fuji Apple)
It’s been an odd fall, with temperatures some 20-30° higher than normal. Only in the last week have we had a stretch of days where it felt cold outside. This week we turn to the power of soup to warm us.
White Bean and Kale Soup with Chorizo
Green Salad with Roasted Red Peppers, Fennel and Radishes
Apple Cake with Brown Sugar Frosting
You've been warned.
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