I realize that I am now two months behind. See my last post.
2015 ended with me filing away 166 recipe cards! Pretty happy with that and hope to outdo that number in 2016! (Going to try for 200…)
Didn’t do too much cooking this month, so many holiday happenings that got in the way! I realize now that December could have called “Barefoot Contessa Month” around here! You’ll see why – here’s what I filed in December:
Started out making the Barefoot Contessa’s Scallion Cream Cheese from her book Family Style (made her Garlic and Herb Cream Cheese last month), again using fat-free cream cheese in place of regular. Liked it okay, but it was not thick like regular cream cheese – probably because I tried to make it fat-free…
I made my first tart despite having purchased a tart pan at Williams-Sonoma last year! I went savory and made this Tomato-Mozzarella Tart with Basil-Garlic Crust for dinner one night. The crust was delicious, but I feel like the tomatoes released too much liquid, so I had to mop up the top. Still yummy!
Next up was another Barefoot Contessa recipe – Mustard-Roasted Fish. This is a really easy, really quick dinner to put together, and it’s really delicious! Will definitely make this again and again.
More from the Barefoot Contessa, but this time a chocolatey treat for the Misses! I made the Chocolate Peanut Butter Globs from Barefoot Contessa Foolproof. When I tell you these were a HUGE hit with them, I would not be exaggerating in the least. I halved the recipe and the cookies disappeared fast!
I love to cook for my mom, so while in Houston for Christmas, I made this Roasted Butternut Squash Salad with Warm Cider Vinaigrette. Long recipe name, but the hardest part of this is peeling the butternut squash. (Especially if you are using a 20-year old vegetable peeler that couldn’t slice butter, ahem, MOM!) All of us really loved this salad – so good!
My my birthday, I decided not to bake a cake this year. DID not want to acknowledge this birthday year, so went for these Triple Chocolate Brownie-Mousse Stacks instead. Labor intensive for sure, but really good! My white chocolate layer didn’t have the right consistency, but the milk chocolate mousse layer was outstanding!
Next up was Moroccan Couscous, from Barefoot in Paris. After indulging over the holiday, I wanted some yummy veggies and this recipe was chock-full of squash, carrots, and zucchini. So delicious and easy and flavorful.
Finally, I ended the year with a New Year’s Eve cocktail. We toasted the end of 2015 with a Pomegranate Champagne Cocktail before we dug into our usual NYE dinner of stone crabs with mustard sauce. Great way to end a year that I didn’t mind to see go.