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 

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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?

8 comments:

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

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  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!

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  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!

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  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!

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  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.

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

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  7. Congrats on defending so soon! SO exciting.

    Those cranberry bars were seriously amazing. I can vouch.

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

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