How were your holidays? We had a house full of family and friends. Lots of prep, lots of noise, lots of food but mostly lots of love. Some highlights:
- Kids sign you up for 5 dozen sugar cookies for the Christmas party? Sure, no problem, right?!
- More cookies? Here’s some of our family favorites, repeated every year at this time: Snickerdoodles, lucky pennies, cocoa crinkles, black forest cookies, jam thumbprints, peppermint bark….
- Need a new spin on classics for Christmas dinner ? How about duchess baked potatoes and creamed spinach to go with the prime rib. Of course, sticky toffee pudding for dessert.
- All that celebrating left you with some opened bottles of red wine? Coq au Vin.
- Feeling like you could use a meal without an excess of bread, meat, cheese or sugar? Four bean and pumpkin chili or roasted cauliflower and potato curry soup or squash soup with quinoa.
- Rather have salad? How about kale salad with roasted sweet potatoes or Asian chicken cranberry salad.
- Turkey lasagna (love the extra veggies in this one)
- Ooooh, this looks like a tasty easy weeknight meal – lemon basil chicken thighs.
- Sure, I’ll try a new slow cooker recipe – braised beef with carrots and turnips.
- It’s cold but sunny outside. Do yoga? Go for a run? Can’t decide? OK, then, make biscuits. Don’t have buttermilk on hand? We always keep powdered buttermilk around. Serve with butter and caramelized honey from Santa Fe.
- Another day off work when the kids are all home? Head to DC and explore something new – Korean tacos at Union Market, gelato at Dolcezza, cortado with cinnamon at Tryst, browse the book store, another coffee stop at Philz, then head over to Georgetown for some browsing and happy hour.
Tonight we continue a new tradition of family Resolution Dinner. We go around the table and set resolutions for each other. Ana’s making enchiladas with chiles from New Mexico. I’m looking forward to it, and not just because of the food. Here’s to a great 2017! xo M.