by the Editors of Southern Living Magazine
I’m joining Jain with my Edible Book Review at Food for Thought, where pages from your book magically mix with the kitchen and your camera~
And Jenny Matlock for Alphabe-Thursday~ this week’s letter assignment is the letter J~
A compendium & all-in-one guide to a Joyous Season, this book covers decorating all through the house, preparing a feast for the senses~ with table settings & centerpieces that are cause for celebration.
More than 340 kitchen-tested recipes
18 complete menus, perfect, for any time of year
Nearly 400 full-color recipes
Over 100 seasonal how-tos and decorating ideas
If you’re looking for inspiration, you can find celebration menus for your family & guests . . . memorable menus with festive updates to traditional favorites~
12 Menus of Christmas for Entertaining with Ease~ with make-ahead options and over 80 recipes. . .
A Beef Tenderloin Repast, Turkey with All the Trimmings, An English Feast, A Roasted Lamb Dinner, A Southern Holiday Supper & A Tuscan Dinner Party to name a few. . .
I chose a few recipes from the Christmas Express section where you can be party-ready in minutes~ with recipes featuring make-ahead or time-saving twists.
Peach and Pecan Tapenade with Goat Cheese~
A traditional French condiment with a Southern twist with pecans and dried peaches. Make ahead omitting nuts, cover & store in fridge up to 2 days. Stir in nuts before serving. If you’re not a fan of goat cheese, you can always substitute mascarpone or cream cheese.
You can find the recipe here.
Another make-ahead, quick & easy recipe, using prepared mini phyllo pastry shells~
Caramel-Chocolate Tartlets, recipe here.
Make the tartlets ahead and freeze them in the plastic trays sealed in zip-top freezer bags.
Countdown to Christmas Dinner. . .’Tis the Season for Family Gatherings & Good Food~
Enjoy Crab & Oyster Bisque, Cabbage & Apple Salad with Roasted Onions, Coffee-Crusted Beef Wellingtons, Cast-Iron Herbed Potatoes Anna, Carrots with Country Bacon, Scalloped Greens, Cardamom-Scented Sweet Potato Pie & Chocolate Tiramisu Charlotte~
Prepare the whole menu, or just pick a recipe or two!
Honey-Peppered Goat Cheese with Fig Balsamic Drizzle, recipe here.
Another make ahead appetizer with big flavor, but you’ll also find make ahead recipes for Bourbon BBQ Baby Back Ribs, Boeuf Bourguignon, Twice-Baked Smoky Sweet Potatoes, & Citrus Cheesecake. . .
A sweet ending to your meal that is sure to tempt your tastebuds~ Cheesecake-Stuffed Dark Chocolate Cake~
I’ve not made this but it is on my list for an impressive dessert. . . while it is not make-ahead, it’s express in the sense that it uses cake mix, canned frosting, frozen cheesecake bites & a jar of caramel sauce.
You can find the recipe for it here.
Gifts from the Heart—share the spirit of the season with cleverly packaged gifts from the kitchen. From the Quick-Fix Food Gifts section, Marinated Cheese & Olives~
Marinated Cheese and Olives, recipe here.
Celebrate the Joy of Christmas with this complete guide that inspires and delights with fresh ideas for cooking, baking, entertaining, and decorating.
Be sure to visit Food for Thought, and see what everyone is reading & eating~