As the new year approaches I am thinking about my goals and the future. Looking forward to a long life and new food adventures. So why not hedge my bet with a bowl of noodles. Noodles signify longevity and what could be better than that. Of course, even if I wasn’t looking for those noodles give me a little good luck I would still love Cold Sesame Noodles. It’s a carb thing.
I was excited to sit down and write this top five dishes of 2016 list. It afforded me the opportunity to reflect on all that I’ve accomplished this year. I must say that I am so grateful to my friends, family and all of you for supporting me in this endeavor.
This time of the year is when the ovens turn on and the cookie sheets come out. Even with the worst bah hum bug fever, cookies make everyone feel a little more chipper. Especially, when you can smell the sweet buttery cookies as you walk the door. This is a present I’ve received from my co-worker and one I’ve given often. My mini me loves to make cookies, so I know it’s a gift other moms appreciate. Though titled holiday cookie gift jar, I love this gift idea because there are several others treats (both savory and sweet) you can fit in a quart sized mason jar.
In our home we are very thoughtful about raising our children to be knowledgable about people and the world around them. One way we do that is to educate our children about different people and places through books and experiences. Well one day at the library my mini me picks out a book. “The Borrowed Hanukkah Latkes.” We read the book and inside there was a recipe for latkes. So you know what we had to do right? We had to make latkes.
Ever read a recipe and get really excited about it? Well that’s how I felt when I saw the brigadeiro recipe in Food 52’s article “Cookies from around the World”. I was amped to take on the challenge of making this traditional Brazilian dessert. First, who doesn’t think “Woo Hoo” chocolate? Second, global dishes, that is kind of my thing. Third, making treats as gifts is something the family loves to do.
During the holidays I’m always looking for a dish that is super comforting and quick. I always remember my friends having some sort of fish stew during the holidays. Camarones guisado is one of those dishes to make whether it’s the holiday season or not. There’s a sense of melancholy during the holidays that warrants a dish like this. Of course, depending on where you live and your background, the holidays might be done a little differently. But everyone needs a good soothing stew.
This spicy shrimp and grits recipe was very necessary after a hectic weekend. I needed a little reminder of my vacay with the ladies. A while ago my friends and I headed down to New Orleans for some good food and music. And that was just what New Orleans delivered. I couldn’t have asked for better food or a better time. It was just what I needed. No matter where we were, whether in a restaurant or a friend’s home, everything was delicious. So with the hectic weekend we’ve had and no sign of a break in sight, I’m missing New Orleans. Just a little.