I normally love December. My birthday month and Christmas! Last year, though, I was so happy to get December over with. 2016 was just weird and flew by and I am not sorry to see it gone…
13 cards filed in December for a 2016 grand total of 167! One more than last year – yay me!
Here’s what I made for the last month of 2016:
I started off making Easy Chicken Pot Pie Muffins for the Misses. I thought they would like them, but I was wrong…not fans. The upside (?) was that the dog liked his special treats…
I got back on track with this amazingly delicious Chocolate Candy Cane Cake. I made it for a birthday celebration (not mine) and it was a huge hit all around – the cake is moist and delicate, the peppermint and white chocolate filling and frosting is so good and it is pretty festive to look at. The Misses helped me frost and apply the peppermint dust.
I finally made a decent biscuit! Not in the traditional sense, but these Buttermilk Drop Biscuits were delicious and super easy and, most importantly, did not share any similarity to my hockey puck attempts of the past. Yay!
The biscuits were made to accompany Unicorn Village’s Tomato Spinach Soup. Before you think I’ve lost my mind, apparently Unicorn Village was a health-food/natural food restaurant in North Miami Beach in the ’80s. I clipped the recipe from the Miami Herald, but can’t find it online. The soup was delicious! But with butter and heavy cream, not too sure about the “healthy” part.
Kale and Shiitake Fried Brown Rice was supposed to be a good-for-you vegan dinner, but I actually failed making brown rice. Sometimes its the simple things that trip you up! I substituted some white rice we had in the fridge and dinner was saved – and delicious!
It took forever for me to locate peppermint baking chips, but I was finally able to make Peppermint-White Chocolate Chip Cookies for the Misses. Just enough peppermint flavor in a big, chewy, white-chocolatey cookie. Needless to say, they were a hit.
I’ve had this recipe for Green Rice Casserole (clipped from the Houston Chronicle) forever and had never made it. I can’t find the recipe online anywhere, but it is from The American Century Cookbook by Jean Anderson. Quick, classic, and creamy side dish.
We hosted Christmas Eve dinner at our house this year. D was in charge of the tenderloin and I made Mustard Horseradish Sauce to go along with it. The sauce was amazing!! I had it with my stone crabs and it is even better than my usual Joe’s Stone Crab Mustard Sauce. Excellent!
Dinner also included Creamy Parmesan Mushrooms that were yuck – they never got creamy and I didn’t serve them. I also made three new desserts (in addition to the best pumpkin pie). My favorite was Caramel Cream Cheese Apple Dip served with green apples and gingersnaps. Sweet and rich and came together in a nanosecond. Everyone loved. Next was Sticky Toffee Date Cake with Bourbon Glaze. The flavor was good and the bourbon glaze was delicious, but the whole middle of the cake was either underdone or too soaked and had to be scooped out. Need to make again to figure out what I did wrong… Last up was Eggnog Custard Pie. I wanted to make this in homage to a dessert we had at Mignonette for my birthday two days earlier. I was afraid it wouldn’t set up, but it turned out fine and was actually really yummy – especially with whipped cream!
I made the Misses a New Year’s Eve treat – Giant Double Chocolate Cookies. Giant they are – Miss E could only eat half before giving up! Yum!
2016 ended with some prep for New Year’s Day – Black-Eyed Pea Hummus! 🙂 Gotta have black-eyed peas on New Year’s Day.