Brussels Sprout and Farro Gratin

Brussels Sprout and Farro Gratin |

Last year around this time, I was regaling you all with my Christmastime sausage habits. Don’t worry, the sausage addiction is very much alive and well – I made kale and sausage stew on Sunday night and I have several varieties in the freezer, ready to be broken out at a moment’s notice.

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Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas from me and Marlowe! We love each other so much, as evidenced by this photo, and we want to share that love with you.

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I’ve been hard at work in the kitchen all week with recipes that, of course, are top secret. I’m bummed I can’t share them with you, but what can I say? Family tradition is sacred. Here is a photo of my Nana’s Yorkshire pudding. She makes it every Christmas and I could eat it all day long. But then I’d quadruple in size and, well, that’s just not something I’m interested in, ya know?

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This pudding is like a majestic volcano, steaming and about to erupt in sizzling, fatty drops. Heavenly.

Anyway, I’ll be back very soon with some delights to share. Merry Christmas, y’all!

Christmas Saltine Toffee Bars

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We all have family secrets, right? I’m not talking about that weird skeleton in the closet stuff because that’s for a different time, like when you accidentally down buckets of wine. I’m talking about a family’s secret recipes. As it turns out, my biggest and best Christmas recipes are just that – secrets. Those are the recipes that I’m not willing to share with all twelve of you that read this lil’ ole blog. I guess that’s kind of silly since most of you are family, but here’s hoping a few others are reading!

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Chocolate Munchkins for Christmas

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Two days ago I had one of those panicked moments that we all have around the holidays when I realized that Christmas is in twenty days. That’s twenty days filled with work, chores, baking, cooking, parties, travel, and in many cases, break downs. I don’t know when I became such a busy grown up but geez, here I am trying to juggle work and play like a real person. And ya know what? I like it. It makes you feel like a productive and useful member of society. Oddly enough, it took talking to my mother, who is prone to these panicked moments herself, to calm me down. So Thursday night, I went home, separated my laundry and started heating the oil for these rich chocolate doughnut holes. Or munchkins, if you will. It’s all about the multitasking y’all!

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