Wednesday/Thursday/Just in case quick meal:
Salmon with Spinach and Pea Salad with Pesto dressing
Friday: Christmas Dinner for Two
Roasted Young Chicken with Cornbread, Dried Apricot and Dried Fig Stuffing over Roasted Vegetables
Sauteed Swiss Chard Sweet Potato Pie
Langhe Arneis 2008 · A floral, fruity white wine with a slight lingering mineral taste
« The Do Ahead Trick #1 » Made Cornbread for the stuffing on Saturday and placed it in the freezer.
« The Do Ahead Trick #2 » Bake sweet potato pie and place in the freezer. Defrost and serve at room temperature. I would’ve done it, but my freezer is full. Looking forward to baking on Christmas Eve.
This past Saturday, the boyfriend and I played Mr. and Ms. Santa Claus. This is a last minute, quick recipe for an impromptu visit to New Jersey. I also brought gingermen and gingerwomen cookies as gifts for the kids from a bakery in Chelsea.
Canned cranberry sauce looks gross to me until I eat it with the rest of the holiday meal. I prefer the Cranberry Salsa compared to a homemade cranberry sauce. This recipe is a dish that refreshes the palate in between the starchy flavors of mash potatoes, squashes, and stuffing. Use the food processor for the cranberries only. The various sizes of the other ingredients gives this dish a slight crunchy contrast to mushy textures. With flavors such as orange, ginger, and mint, I find this cranberry dish complements many holiday meals. It’s a healthy sidekick to a roasted turkey. Alternatively, serve it with tortilla chips.
The sweet boyfriend brought dinner home on the night I was supposed to make this recipe. “No problem,” I thought. The soup still was made the same night, although we didn’t eat it. I placed two containers of the soup in the freezer, and I packed another one for lunch the next day. One container has already been defrosted for a Friday dinner. The other one remains in the freezer for a lazy day in the near future.
Next to Southern dishes, Mexican cuisine is my other comfort food. When my boyfriend and I started dating, I told him I love Spanish food. Instead, we ate at a Puerto Rican restaurant, New York City style. I was a bit confused, because I wanted enchiladas or tacos. Then, I realized his comfort food are Dominican and Puerto Rican cuisine. Now, when he says, “Baby, I’m bringing home Spanish food. Did you want a plate?”, I know what to expect.