‘Great Sauces Transform Good Food into Gourmet’
Tradition is change
Holidays are filled with wonderful happenings. This morning I was looking through my calendar of engagements/concerts/appointments during December. It’s more densely populated than any other month of the year with festive events I’m looking forward to with anticipation.
I’ve also got baking, cooking and roasting penciled into the schedule. I have some long time holiday traditions I make year over year with a big splash of dishes that are new and different to add some texture and variety. In fact, my kids will tell you that if there is anything traditional about our Christmases it’s that we do something new and different each year.
For my December series, I’m sharing 3 new recipes I’ve never made until recently when I began testing/developing them. Because time is at a premium, here’s my criteria. First they had to be very easy. Second, the ingredients had to be handy, already residing in my fridge and pantry or available at the supermarket. Third, they must be tasty. So…easy, handy and tasty. These will be delicious additions to an appetizer buffet, office/holiday party, or wrapped for a treat to share.
Friday, December 13, 2013 – Fromage Fort is a French invention. Gotta love this idea. Blend some cheese end pieces together to create a unique cheese spread. It’s a little different each time. Don’t throw away those tasty morsels that may not see the light of the buffet table unless you whirl up some Fromage Fort.
Saturday, December 14, 2013 – Share chocolaty, crunchy Trail Mix Chocolate Bark. Melt the chocolate, sprinkle on your favorite trail mix and let set. Break into bark. Add to a treat plate or package to deliver to people you visit or people who visit you during the holidays.
Sunday, December 15, 2013 – This savory treat is easy and healthy. Start with a can or two of chickpeas, season and roast. Crispy Chickpeas are a crunchy snack to enjoy while watching your favorite Christmas flicks or whip up when you have guests stopping by on the fly.
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‘Easy, Handy, Tasty Holiday Fare’ Series
Written by Helen Horton
Photographs and Styling by Helen Horton
Updated: December 5, 2013