Happy Holidays!

Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, and Happy Holidays to everyone who I missed!

I hope you have a great holiday (and time off!), and as always, good food. Just in case you’re looking for any last minute dish ideas if you’re cooking/baking anything for the holidays, I thought I’d give you a quicky:

  • Egg Nog: the way I see it, everybody loves egg nog. If you don’t, you simply haven’t had good egg nog. Plus, its a holiday-friendly excuse to load up on the bourbon (think about, which sounds better around noon: “I’m having a
    bourbon” or “I’m having a glass of egg nog?”). Its really simple and hits the spot.
    Egg Nog
  • Linzer Cookies/Augen: hazelnut and almond flavored, crisp cookies filled with a jam/fruit preserve of your choosing and dusted with sugar. A great Christmas cookie that is sure to please.
  • Rugelach: why should Christmas get all the cookies? Hanukkah overlaps Christmas this year, too, so this is another great holiday friendly cookie that is easily customized to your flavor preferences (e.g. fruits, nuts, chocolate, etc).
  • Hazelnut Brittle: candies work nicely alongside or in place of cookies, and this one is an easy and seasonal one to make. You can certainly opt for peanuts if you so desire, but I love hazelnuts. Crunchy, caramelly, buttery, and delicious.
  • Tourtiere: a common item on Canadian dinner tables this time of year, this is a hearty meat pie that typically contains things like pork, carrot, celery, potato, and so on. Everyone needs a good meat pie during the winter months.
  • Ideas from Thanksgiving: if you tend towards a big fancy dinner over the holidays (e.g. if you’re hosting and entertaining a crowd of any size), things tend to be pretty similar to Thanksgiving. I recently hosted and prepared a good sized meal, and if you’re looking for any dish ideas (starters, mains, sides, or desserts), this might be able to help you out.

Anywho, that’s all for now, and again, I hope you have a Happy Holiday!

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17 Responses to “Happy Holidays!”

  1. Lydia (The Perfect Pantry) Says:

    Happy holidays to you, too, and may all your wishes come true.

  2. Peter Says:

    Merry Christmas Mike and (burp, too much egg nog) have a Happy New Year!

  3. heather Says:

    hahaha. having a glass of egg nog at noon sounds wonderful :)

  4. Alexa Says:

    Happy holidays! I am with you with the rugelach. :-)
    Best Wishes,

  5. pam Says:

    Happy Holidays!

  6. Y Says:

    Merry Christmas, Mike!

  7. Anali Says:

    Happy Holidays!

  8. Hélène Says:

    Mike, Merry Christmas! Enjoy the Holidays.

  9. Jan Says:

    Happy Christmas Mike, to you and your family.

  10. sunita Says:

    Happy holidays to you and yours too, dear Mike :-)

  11. Bunny Says:

    I hope you had a wonderful Christmas Mike!!

  12. Heather Says:

    A) Egg nog is just cake batter without the flour, not a beverage; and B) I don’t need to holidays to enjoy bourbon. Most importantly, though, C) Happy holidays! Chag same’ach!

  13. Ivy Says:

    Happy Holidays and wishing you a happy new year. May all your dreams come true.

  14. clumbsycookie Says:

    Happy holidays Mike!!!

  15. Lori Lynn Says:

    Happy Holidays Mike! I haven’t had any eggnog yet, but the holidays will not pass by without a good nip. Cheers!

  16. ingrid Says:

    Happy Holidays to you and yours!

  17. Laurie Constantino Says:

    I’m a little late (so what else is new?!), but I hope you had a wonderful holiday season and that the new year will be your best ever. Happy New Year!

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