What was served for Christmas dinner?

People assume that our Christmas table is laden with an assortment of complex dishes. Fortunately for me, that is just an assumption! My credo for Christmas has always been to serve a warm-hearted dinner of familiar dishes, with one or two new ones. This gives me time to be out of the kitchen, gathered in…

Wedge Salad Appetizers

Appetizers are a mainstay of holiday parties, lots of cheese, phyllo, puff pastry, tarts, crackers and meats.  If we’re lucky there are bowls of olives & pickles, and some raw veg to balance things out.  I think that adding a cold crisp salad is a perfect foil for the rest of the menu. Recently I…

Chicken Marbella

The Silver Palate Cookbook offers the most well known version of Chicken Marbella.  Regardless of this dish’s roots from Spain’s south coast, it is their recipe that has made the dish well known in North America.  I have always used the proportion of ingredients exactly as written, allowing for a change of amounts depending on…

Butternut Cottage Pie

The feeling of sitting down to a meal of “comfort food” is exactly that, comfort.  The senses drag up old, comfy memories, of different times and places, but all of them bring us comfort.  In our childhood home, if we ever had a roast beef or pot roast for dinner, the next day one of…