Thursday, December 30, 2010
Wednesday, December 29, 2010
Do people really eat this? And by people I do include the adventurous New Yorkers who, it would seem, are willing to intrepidly devour anything in the name of fashion. I'll never forget watching, in horror, a food program featuring a New York restaurant that served not only beetles and other insects, but live worms to its willing patrons, the latter of which were cultivated by the proprietor on his apartment balcony. Surely, I thought, the waitstaff must be peering out of the kitchen, holding their sides with laughter, as diners who paid top dollar in an effort to be trendy, consumed items that used to get my hands slapped by my mother along with the admonish, "Put that slimy thing down!" (I can't say I disagree.)
So, instead of planning a special meal of recipes from theTimes, I fixed myself a bowl of soul-satisfying steel cut McCann's Irish Oatmeal, and ate it while I watched the rain fall. Drizzled with cream, studded with raisins, and topped with brown sugar, I thought that nothing could be more appealing on this wintry day.
Tuesday, December 28, 2010
Monday, December 27, 2010
|Apothecary jars full of candy delighted the children (and young at heart) at the table.|
|Place setting with place card box.|
|Each guest had his or her own bottle of water. I liked this extra addition of green.|
|Apothecary jars contained M&Ms, bell-shaped gumdrops, mini Hershey bars, Kisses, peanut butter cups, and Twizzlers all in red and green.|
|The mantle in the dining room above the Franklin Stove glowed with soft candlelight.|
|The frosted trees at either end, gave the table a Northwoods look.|
|Santa oversaw the event and was pleased.|
Saturday, December 25, 2010
Thursday, December 23, 2010
Wednesday, December 22, 2010
|Each guest took home a snowman lollipop made of white chocolate.|
|My dad, aged 86, made the wooden tree candleholders.|
|Here's another view of the candleholders.|
|The red pressed-glass Santa bottle was my contribution.|
|These Santa picks have been around for ages. They go back at least to the seventies.|
|Santa was even on hand to serve the butter.|
|This Santa riding a bicycle was one of more than 20 Santas that graced the table.|
|The Snowman lolly up close.|
|Santa is everywhere.|
|A caroler oversaw things from the sideboard.|
|Lunch is served!|
|Chocolate cheesecake topped with strawberries, whipped cream, and drizzled with chocolate was served on Santa plates.|
Tuesday, December 21, 2010
|This is the chocolate-filled version.|
|Hot from the oven, puffed and beautiful.|
This is linked to Tasty Tuesdays.
Monday, December 20, 2010
Today's holiday recipe is the Chocolate Thumbprint Cookie, a new one I tried from Martha's Cookie book. As you can see it makes a very pretty cookie, and it's very easy to do. I don't particularly enjoy rolling dough into little balls myself, so found this a bit tedious, but I suffer for my art.
The chocolate topping is equally easy, and a cinch to neatly apply to the top of the cookie. I was all prepared with my pastry bag, ready to pipe it onto the top, but ended up just letting it roll off the end of a teaspoon, with very nice results.
The recipe claims to make 4-1/2 dozen, and perhaps it does, but as I said, the whole ball rolling thing is a bit tedious, so I probably made them bigger than they should have been and, consequently, ended up with a little over three dozen.
The chocolate topping is SUPERB! There was some left over since I didn't make the correct amount of cookies (I encourage this) and can be eaten with pleasure directly from the warming pan, or would make an excellent side dish on days when things aren't going so well and you want to hide in your room with a chocolaty treat. I refrigerated the remainder of mine and now have a sort of loose fudge hidden in the depths of the fridge (see above reason).
I give this cookie an "A" for ease (despite the whole aforementioned ball-rolling tedium), and another "A" for attractiveness, but for the work involved, I think the flavor is only a "B." For all of the effort, it just didn't have the taste I was hoping for, i.e. the buttery richness that I like in a shortbread cookie (which is essentially what this is). The chocolate topping is excellent in taste, texture, and ease of application, but in my book it doesn't make this cookie a 100% winner. A cookie fanatic, I tend to be a harsh critic, so do try these for yourself and let me know what you think. I will make these again, but perhaps using my own shortbread dough recipe.
If you can't read it in the photo, you can find the recipe here on Martha Stewart’s website (although the recipe is doubled in her COOKIES book).
This post is linked to Tuesdays at the Table.
Sunday, December 19, 2010
|The magazine page in question.|
|Lined up on parchment and ready for the oven.|