Holiday cooking

With the the holidays in full swing and everyone on vacation from work, there’s a lot more cooking going on in the house than usual. So, I thought I’d share a few of our more successful recipes.

Beef Wellington for Two

For Christmas dinner, we made individual beef wellingtons. We had done in en masse a few years ago but tonight, we made it for two and the recipe was so simple and so good, I can’t recommend it enough. I also can’t recommend enough the notion of getting some exercise, as just the wellingtons are about 1500 calories each! Here’s the link to the food.com recipe. http://www.food.com/recipe/beef-wellington-for-two-154031 . Sorry I didn’t think to take a picture. I’ll update the post next time we make it.

Breakfast Cookies (with Bacon!)

bacon cookies

Every year at church, we sing Lessons & Carols at both services on the Sunday before Christmas. Because we have to be there from about 7:30a.m. to 12:30 or so, the choir has a potluck breakfast in between services. Murphy’s Law says that if I make an egg strata, so will everyone else. So, this year I made breakfast cookies. I couldn’t find the recipe I used last year, which had granola as a base, so I went rooting around online and found this. We had no leftovers but even as a bacon lover, I can’t stomach more than two of these at a sitting: http://www.tasteofhome.com/Recipes/Breakfast-Cookies-2

Butternut Squash (with Bacon!)

Butternut Squash with Thyme

The best vegetarian food has bacon in it. Yeah, I know… but, really – it doesn’t take much bacon to add some flavor and make people eat their veggies. All told, each of us had, perhaps, 1-1/2 strips of bacon each. Not much of a health risk, in the grand scheme of things. Use this recipe for Butternut Squash with Browned Butter and Thyme but instead of the butter, soft-cook 4 strips of bacon, remove the bacon and set it aside and cook the squash in the bacon drippings. then before you simmer the squash, cut up the bacon and add it back into the skillet and cover. We served grilled Portobello on the side. Squash recipe: http://www.simplyrecipes.com/recipes/butternut_squash_with_browned_butter_and_thyme/

Baked Barley Risotto with Butternut Squash

OK, truth be known, I’d have considered this comfort food, even without the bacon but we had more bacon to use up, so we threw some in, just like the previous squash recipes. Again, a little bacon goes a long way. Just use the drippings, instead of butter or oil (if you end up with a lot, drain off what you don’t need. No need to be gross). Here’s the recipe, sans bacon: http://www.realsimple.com/food-recipes/browse-all-recipes/baked-barley-risotto-00100000070986/index.html

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