From my kitchen to yours, Merry Christmas Everyone!
Renee Nicole’s Kitchen is closed for the holiday! Okay, it’s not really. This kitchen never closes. I’m most likely working on Christmas dinner. This year, it’s three courses for 8 adults, 2 kids, and 2 infants that I don’t yet have to feed. No worries though! I’ve planned my timeline down to the letter, and I’m probably cooking with a glass of wine in hand! I’ve also recruited the non-cooking types to do all the clean-up. (Yep, I’m looking at you Dad!)
Today is that day that the planning, cleaning, shopping, wrapping, cleaning, baking, cooking, cleaning all becomes worth it! Am I the only one that feels the cleaning never stops around the holidays? Tuck has decided that pine cones and tree branches are really chew toys instead of decorations. On the one hand his breath has been pine and cinnamon fresh for the last few weeks, but on the other hand I haven’t stopped cleaning up the messes these new “toys” leave behind. He also chewed through the lights on the tree, not once, not twice, but three times. Hopefully next year the puppy chewing phase will let up a bit and it will be easier. (If you know it won’t, don’t tell me, I want to live in ignorant bliss until the day after Thanksgiving!) In the meantime, it’s a good thing he’s cute.
Being that it is Christmas day, I don’t have a new recipe to share, but if all that family togetherness has gotten to be too much and you’ve found yourself here, I have some favorites I’d like to share.
- Tuck’s Favorite Dog Treats are a real treat for your favorite pup. It’s as easy as making cookies and you know exactly what you are feeding them.
- Not celebrating Christmas? Here is a non-traditional spin on the classic latke: Sweet Potato Fritters with Sweet & Spicy Sauce
- Forgot the Brussels’ sprouts in the back of the fridge? Here is a great way to use up the ones that didn’t make it to your holiday table: Brussels Sprout Hash. Serve them for with a fried egg on top for a savory after Christmas brunch.
- Need to know what to do with your leftover Turkey? Sub it into this Chicken Pot Pie to make your leftovers unrecognizable.
- Ready to plan your New Year’s Eve Party? A cheese board make a great appetizer and you can learn everything you need to know here: Cheese Board 101: Style and Presentation.
Have a wonderful holiday. I’ll be back next week with more.