Wednesday, December 28, 2011

what i ate wednesday: christmas edition

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 (! 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 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).

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).


  1. Okay I think I just drowned in my drool. What amazing eats! :)

  2. Oh my gosh..SO much yummy food! I bet that homemade cinnamon bread tasted awesome and better than store bought! And homemade peppermint fudge sauce..YUM! :D

    Happy WIAW!

  3. Everything looks so delicious! Dark chocolate and salted caramel tart, roasted veggies, QUICHE, cinnamon bread... Wow.

  4. It all looks great! Funny story - at first glance I thought the phyllo-wrapped asparagus were long carrots just sitting out waiting to be eaten. I thought "well there's an uber-healthy family". Lol!

    Love the look of the roasted root veg salad, the spinach calzone and of course the plate of cookies...mmm!

  5. Every single thing looks AMAZING. I think I may have just died from jealousy. The cinnamon bread is absolutely gorgeous. And, of course, you can never go wrong with roasted root veggies! Mmm...
    I'm glad you had such a lovely Christmas!

  6. ahhhh. nothing beats christmas food. i want to make those roasted veggies!

  7. Holy Moly. Every dish looks more amazing than the last. The calzones, barbecue cups, and asparagus! Oh wowee wowza! I am reduced to gibberish because it looks so good.

  8. Everything looks delicious...especially that chocolate tart, YUM!

  9. I am glad you've had a nice Christmas! :)
    Your eats are beyond words - what would I ggive for a slice of that cinnamon bread? It looks sooooo good....

  10. Oh sweet goodness, I want to devour every little goodie listed!!!


  11. It all looks so delicious! Thanks for sharing!

  12. Holy cow that food looks amazing! The bread you made looks scrumptious! Good job!

  13. peppermint fudge sauce sounds awesome!

  14. That cinnamon bread is so impressive, it looks perfect!
    Just wow, I am in awe of your feasts... there is literally nothing here that doesn't appeal to me :)

  15. Wow! You had so much awesome food for christmas. I hope there weren't too many leftovers to deal with! :)