Wednesday, December 14, 2011

A holiday menu

I've been working a lot lately. In the past I've always made it a priority to cook homemade meals almost every day, but right now I just don't have time. As I've mentioned before, I'm in the final stretch of my Ph.D. and should be defending my thesis in just about 2 months! I'm not sure what will come next, and I'm taking my time figuring it out so that I can find something I enjoy. Anyway...I'm saying all this to let you know that I probably won't be blogging too frequently for the next few weeks. I'll try my best to make some blog-worthy recipes and tell you about them, but honestly nothing too interesting is coming out of my kitchen these days. So I hope you will bear with me for a while and still be around when I return in full force in a couple months!

Since I don't have a new recipe to tell you about today, I thought it would be fun to suggest a holiday menu made up of some of my previously posted recipes (I'm not actually hosting a holiday dinner this year, but it is fun to think about menus anyway!). I've been blogging long enough now that I have enough material to do roundups like this. So looking back on what I've made in the past, here is what I would cook for a (mostly vegetarian) holiday dinner party:

Start out with some
feta and radish toasts and celery root and potato latkes


Get dinner started with a kale salad with sherry-walnut vinaigrette


Serve butternut squash and hazelnut lasagna as the main course 



And finally, some cranberry pecan caramel bars for dessert!

(These bars are probably the most popular thing I've ever made, and they are perfect for the holidays! I brought them to Shannon's cookie swap over the weekend - check out her recap post if you want more cookie recipe ideas from some fabulous local bloggers)

Are you hosting a holiday gathering this year? What is on your menu?


  1. Those cranberry caramel bars were outrageous, possibly my favorite of the treats that day.

  2. We're hosting several holiday get togethers this season and I shall probably try your butternut and hazelnut lasagna.

    Happy Holidays to you both!

  3. yes, those were quite delectable :) i'm not hosting, but my mom is having a shindig and letting me do the food! still finalizing things, but i'll sure to post about it at some point!

  4. Those celery root latkes look outstanding!! As does this whole spread. I'm not hosting a big dinner for the holidays but might just have to plan one afterwards to try these recipes!

  5. Round up posts are so fun! Great idea! You will be finished with the PhD before you know it!!! Don't stress, we are all rooting for you.

  6. what a fabulous menu! everything looks so good!

  7. Congrats on defending so soon! SO exciting.

    Those cranberry bars were seriously amazing. I can vouch.

  8. Looks like a lovely menu! Happy holidays and don't work too hard!


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