Celebrating the Holidays-Around the Web

December 18, 2011

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I get a lot of inspiration from fellow food bloggers, on-line cooking magazines, chefs, and writers. I like to take what I find and adapt it to my personal tastes as well as that of my family.

We celebrate and entertain a lot in the month of December. Sharing meals with friends at their home or ours can be a bi-weekly activity and everyone pitching in to create the perfect meal is what makes it so festive. I have a few go-to traditional recipes that I like to make this time of year and I am always intrigued and fascinated to see how others bring in the holidays.

The first night of Hannukah this year is always celebrated with my mom, my brother, and my sister-in-law. This year I am making my mom’s favorite meal(was my dad’s favorite as well) and instead of the traditional brisket and potato latkas(making those Friday night for the huge cousins par-tey), it is going to be lamb chops, pommes dauphinois, kale chips, brussel sprout salad, and nutella doughnuts.

Everybody celebrates in their own way and I love being a voyeur, watching how my friends near and far do it up for their families.

Happy Celebrating!

Hot Cocoa on a Stick – The Urban Baker

Recipe Girl’s 25 Favorite Christmas Recipes

Heidi Swanson – Black Sticky Gingerbread 

Scandinavian Rosettes – Pinch My Salt

Roost Blog – Cranberry + Almond Upside Down Cakes

Emily’s Holiday Sweets – Cupcakes and Cahsmere

Gluten Free Pear Almond Clafoutis – Gourmande in the Kitchen

Vegetarian Matzo Ball Soup – Apartment Therapy The Kitchen

Favorite Cutout Sugar Cookies – Dine and Dish

Gluten Free Pain Depices – Tartelette

Hazelnut Polvorones-Traditional Spanish Cookies – From Buenos Aires to Paris

Grain Free Bread Pudding with Chantilly Cream – Deliciously Organic

Christmas Decorating – House of Turquoise

{ 12 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Cristina, from Buenos Aires to Paris December 18, 2011 at 11:23 pm

Thanks a lot, Susan, for two things: First, for letting me know you and your wonderful blog! Second, for allowing me to share “the world kitchen space” in amazing company….!

Peaceful and joyous holidays to you and your readers !


2 Susan December 19, 2011 at 8:40 am

So glad I found your gorgeous blog, Cristina! Your cookies look delicous and I look forward to getting to know you via your stories, photos, and your blog!


3 sally cameron December 19, 2011 at 1:45 pm

Happy Hannukah Susan! Some of these treats look like must-trys, like the little Polvorones. And I haven’t made Rosettes in ages! As always, love post and photos!


4 Georgia Pellegrini December 19, 2011 at 5:10 pm

What a beautiful roundup… such inspiration is out there this time of year!


5 Marla December 19, 2011 at 7:08 pm

How fabulous! LOVE your thoughtful collection of goodies. Especially that hot cocoa on a stick.


6 Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen December 19, 2011 at 8:17 pm

So many beautiful recipes and photos! Thank you for including mine. 🙂


7 Nicole December 19, 2011 at 10:15 pm

Great roundup, Susan. Thanks so much for including my rosettes!


8 TidyMom December 20, 2011 at 8:32 am

BEAUTIFUL round up!!!

Happy Holidays Susan!!


9 aida mollenkamp December 20, 2011 at 10:27 am

such a beautiful roundup. thanks for sharing, susan!


10 Lucy Lean December 20, 2011 at 11:19 am

This is all so visually stimulating – love your round up – especially all the fab photos… Happy Hanukka to you and yours –


11 Calantha @ piecurious December 27, 2011 at 9:11 am

I love the hot cocoa on a stick! We didn’t get any snow here in my part of Ontario (my first ever green Christmas) but I’m sure it will come and when it does I’ll be making that cocoa!

I also made Heidi’s gingerbread – it was delicious!


12 Susan December 29, 2011 at 7:13 am

Hi Calantha! No snow, that’s a crying shame. It seems to be very cold all over the universe, but the snow has yet to arrive. Regardless of snow, this is a good treat on almost any winter evening!


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