As I pop my head up from the holiday chaos, I realize it’s been a while since I posted. And I was on such a roll there for a minute. Such is life. Hope everyone had a lovely holiday and is ready for the New Year.
I encourage you to check out this post by Caroline over at Whipped on her family’s visit to the Lakeview Pantry. So inspiring. At times like these, it’s good to keep everything in perspective. I’m a fantastic schlepper so I plan on heading over there in the New Year to help out. I’m also thinking that my cabinets need a seriously purging and will put together a box (or three) to take over next week. If you have some spare time and/or funds, consider doing the same.
So some housekeeping matters … a few posts back, I did a little Spice Islands giveaway and random.org came up with the lucky #3 which meant Eileen was our lucky winner! I sent off that box a few weeks back. Hope she got it. Thanks to everyone who commented – I really enjoyed reading your responses.
I’m still recovering from my holiday baking craziness … a few thousand tiny cookies, 16 gingerbread houses, multiple batches of holiday candy and then I get the nutty idea to make bacon as Christmas gifts. Bacon. Yep, I made it. I’ll post on that later because as ridiculous as it sounds, it was pretty fantastic and not all that difficult, really. All that said, there’s a reason I spent the better part of yesterday comatose on my couch.
I plan on getting my act together today, in the midst of cleaning up the disaster of an apartment that I call home, and post a few New Years recipes in time for celebrations or crashing on the couch and watching 14 football games simultaneously. I adore New Year’s Day.
As you get ready for 2012, perhaps you find yourself looking for some festive party snack ideas. Well, I have a few suggestions:
Bacon Cheddar Gougeres (I’ll be making these!)
Cheese Straws (ate a ton of these on Christmas)
Fresh Tomato Tart (you can use any vegetable!)
Puff Pastry Wrapped Asparagus (w/Proscuitto!)
BBQ Chicken Bao (a lucky food!)
Spiced Pecans (tasty, tasty)
Stovetop Smoked Salmon (so good on a bagel)
Bacon Wrapped Dates (oh my, make extra)
Empanadas (great for those 14 bowl games you know you’re going to watch)
Mexican Hot Chocolate (ahem, it’ll cure what ails you)