I try and make this every year. It is so easy. Recipe here.
Because 2020 and we are all feeling a bit worn out this year is not creative at all. When I asked my friends what they wanted for our very small gathering this year, Spinach Lasagna was the winner. Just like last year.
Further discussions found that they had never seen Groundhog Day...so that’s this year’s movie choice and it all seems so very appropriate.
One of my favorite nights of the year. Friends come over for Christmas Eve dinner and then we watch a movie. Tonight: Strictly Ballroom, a quirky Australian treat by Baz Luhrman.
This year I had a request to make Spinach Lasagna again, I haven’t made it for a few years. I really like it because I can prep it ahead and the night of the party I’m not stuck in the kitchen.
On the board:
- Spinach Lasagna
- Green Beans Tossed w/Butter & Lemon Pepper
- Garlic Cheese Bread
- Ice Cream Sundae Bar
This recipe takes about an hour to prepare and another hour to cook. It easily serves 6 – 8. I made it on Sunday and refrigerated. It will need additional cooking time to bring the center up to temperature.
- 3-15 oz cans tomato sauce
- 2-6 oz cans tomato paste
- 14 oz can diced tomatoes
- 2 tsp oregano, crushed
- 2 tsp basil, crushed
- 2 tsp crushed garlic
- 1 medium carrot, peeled & finely grated
- pinch of sugar (reduces acidity of the tomatoes)
- Optional: ½ lb ground beef and ½ spicy Italian sausage, browned
Saucepan Continue reading
Someone asked me for this recipe this morning and after I shared it with them, I decided to make a batch myself.
I really like these cookies, they’re simple to make and gluten-free. But one thing about them is they a terribly sweet. So I decided to see what would happen if I cut the sugar down considerably.
They turned out super – not too sweet and super peanut butter flavor. Changes are in blue.
Peanut Butter Cookies (Revisited)
- 3 tbsp granulated sugar
- 3 tbsp packed brown sugar
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1 cup peanut butter
- 1 egg
Cream ingredients together and drop by spoonful onto a baking sheet. Dip a fork in sugar and press down the dough. Bake at 300 degree F for 10-13 minutes.
This usually gets a good, soft cookie, but I wanted to try for a crispier outside. But they are prone to burning. So at the 13-minute mark, I turned off the oven and let them sit for 5 more minutes. They turned out perfectly – crisp on the outside and gooey on the inside.
Going to make them again soon.
What to do when you’ve made a big batch of Spritz Cookies and now you have leftover egg whites? How about some Chocolate Walnut Cookies?
I get requests for these cookies all the time and bonus, they are gluten-free and taste like little brownie bites.
Notes: To separate eggs, the easiest way I’ve found is the Nigella Lawson method of using your hand. It is quick and easy.
The original recipe for these called for regular cocoa and 3 cups of powdered sugar, that sounded much too sweet, so I reduced that first thing and since I love dark chocolate I used 1/2 dark and 1/2 regular cocoa. Continue reading
I love spritz butter cookies. They’re tiny little, melt-in-your-mouth bites that go great with a cup of coffee. I didn’t realize how easy they were to make. It helped that a friend of a friend gifted me her all-metal, ratchet handled press. These are not easy to come by any more, at least not when I went looking. Most of the new ones are partially plastic and received tepid reviews, especially for durability and ease of use.
I love all the cute designs. Although my Christmas trees kind of look like trilobites, they taste great.
- 1 cup butter, softened/room temp
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 3 egg yolks, room temp
- 2 1/2 cups flour
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1/4 tsp salt
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Continue reading
The turkey thanked us because we roasted a spatchcocked chicken this year. It was rubbed with garlic and pepper and basted with sage butter and came out great. Sides were green bean casserole with roasted garlic mushroom soup and fried red onions, candied sweet potatoes, sausage dressing, and a basic cranberry sauce with cinnamon and orange juice. We did have turkey gravy, I found a frozen container in the big freezer. Hawaiian rolls rounded out the dinner.
I am going to have to up my game: