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deck the halls + tie on an apron

December 10, 2011

We had our first real snowfall yesterday and I woke up, all in a dither of excitement and joy. Immediately, all I wanted to do was nestle into the kitchen and cook, cook, cook!

These are just a few recipes I’ll be trying this coming week:

Borlotti Beans with Tomato-Fennel Sauce over Creamy Polenta — I’ll be making this Monday night; a perfect, hearty early winter dinner that will make us just sleepy enough to want to curl up with a Christmas movie and a handmade blanket.

Nutmeg Maple Butter Cookies — I’ll be momentarily whipping up a batch of these guys as my mom and I bake some Christmas cookies! I love traditional cut-out sugar cookies and can’t wait to take a bite of a freshly baked one, and taste the warmth of the nutmeg and maple syrup.

Whole Grain Gingerbread Pancakes — If it’s made with whole wheat and Greek yogurt, I can eat as many pancakes as I want, right? I can’t wait to stir these up when I have my favorite chefie friend, Amanda, over for breakfast-for-dinner! I think they’ll be excellent with hot maple syrup and a little of the extra Cranberry-Pomegranate Marmalade from my Christmas gift baskets.

Spiked Hot Chocolate — After a whirlwind Saturday evening of dinner, ice skating downtown in Rosa Parks Circle, and then exchanging gifts with my handsome guy,  what better to accompany a pink-cheeked night in (with perhaps a viewing of “Love Actually”) than a bit of Nigella Lawson’s spiked hot cocoa? Oh, yum!

Okay, I’m going into the kitchen now, friends. Have fun decking the halls of your own kitchen and let me know what you’re cooking!

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