It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas! Silent Bob and I are wrapping presents and getting ready to head off to the annual family Christmas party and gift swap. I'm telling you, much thought is put into the gifts we get, the way we wrap them, and the traditional ornament that tops each gift. When you're choosing which present to unwrap, that ornament MAY hint at what's inside ... oh the suspense of it all! While one waits to have their turn at choosing, unwrapping, and deciding whether to swap or not, one eats! There is always a groaning board of appetizers, sweets, various drinks for young and old, and a counter top of casseroles, chili, roasted ham, salads, and breads. It is truly a showcase of everyone's cooking styles and skills!
This year I will be bringing the traditional warm artichoke and spinach dip with pumpernickel toasts, a cookie platter of biscochitos from Mangiabella , and red velvet cupcake poppers from Cake Duchess . These last two Swap offerings come from two websites that I have fallen for ...do check them out. These sites are just beautiful ... so many delicious recipes and terrific photography and food staging. I should be so talented!
The other recipe that I am making today is an apple strudel from my new cook book ... Cooking With the Seasons. This is Lesa Heebner's offering of recipes that follow seasonally available produce and meats that she has laid out in a menu format. I appreciate this way of arranging recipes, as she has paired side dishes with entrees and made it very easy to put on a whole meal. Very nice, indeed! I got this cook book when I won a giveaway at Boulder Locavore , another great blog! It has come just in time to save me some of the stress of planning menus at this busy, busy busy time of year! Thanks, Toni!
Okay! We're off for a fun time on the farm! Hope you are having fun with family and friends today, too!