As you know, it was recently Christmas. And I ate a lot.
Today I bring you what i ate Wednesday - the Christmas edition. Most everything you see here was made by mom or me or, most likely, both of us. Recipes available online are linked up, but anything else is likely a family recipe that I'm more than happy to share if you are interested. Just comment or e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org)! Enjoy the show.
1. 'Simulated' Christmas Eve
We had our traditional Christmas Eve festivities early this year (December 20) while my boyfriend was in town to participate. This includes cooking and eating an assortment of hor dourves and driving around looking at Christmas lights.
Figure 1A. Roasted root vegetable salad.
Figure 1B. Bang Bang Shrimp from Bonefish Grill.
Figure 1C. Colorado Calzones, one with sausage and one with spinach.
Figure 1D. Barbeque cups (the one appetizer I had to have this year, so good).
Figure 1E. Phyllo-wrapped asparagus with prosciutto.
Figure 1F. Peanut butter and chocolate dipped pretzels.
Figure 1G. Dark chocolate salted caramel tart.
2. Actual Christmas Eve
Breakfast for dinner and a cheesy Christmas movie.
Figure 2A. Homemade cinnamon bread. My first time making bread from scratch and it turned out great (shout out to mom for her assistance)!
Figure 2B. My plate: ham and Swiss quiche, spinach-stuffed mushrooms topped with Parmesan, and homemade cinnamon toast with butter.
3. Christmas Day
Cookies and presents and cookies and presents and cookies and presents. A big festive dinner and something special for dessert.
Figure 3A. The annual cookie plate (from left to right): dark chocolate covered stars (from Grandma), peanut butter and chocolate dipped pretzels, almond crescent cookies, chocolate crinkle cookies, magic cookie bars, and white chocolate peppermint bark.
Figure 3B. Christmas dinner, my plate: crown roast of spareribs with cornbread stuffing, a baked sweet potato with butter and brown sugar, roasted green beans with almonds, and Brussels sprouts with balsamic and cranberries.
Figure 3C. Dessert: homemade peppermint hot fudge sauce and vanilla ice cream. I die.
And that concludes another What I Ate Wednesday (featuring what I ate Tuesday, December 20, Saturday, December 24, and Sunday, December 25).