Happy Wednesday, friends! I don’t know about you, but I’m smack in the middle of holiday preparations around here. Christmas is coming and with it – lots of food and fun (and presents to wrap!). While I’m busy planning our holiday menu contributions, I’ve also got a family to feed each day and this week I want festive but easy things to fill our table. This week’s Good Food Reads are a little selfish because they’re all things that I want to cook this week! I’ve got some healthy-ish things on my list as I like to save room for those Christmas cookies that inevitably find their way into our home. Also included are some appetizers and a great chicken salad dip as well as a recipe for gorgeous linzer cookies. Finally, I’ve got a great list of cookbooks, perfect for gifting. I hope you enjoy this week’s Good Food Reads as much as I do!
5 Ingredient Cheese Straws (Girl versus Dough), perfect for a holiday gathering. Although, truth be told, I could eat these every dang day!
Mini Sweet Potato Gratins (A Calculated Whisk). How beautiful are these gratins? I can’t wait to try them out for my holiday menu.
Growing up, my grandma made a version of these Chocolate Peanut Butter Sandwich Cookies (A Farmgirl’s Dabbles) every year. They are so simple but soooo good. Are they a Minnesota thing? Anyone else eat these as a kid?
I’ve been looking for a new recipe to use up a container of dates that I bought on a whim at Costco. I think I’ve found it in this recipe from Andie Mitchell: Creamy Chicken Salad Dip with Walnuts and Medjool Dates.
How beautiful are these Lemon Pistachio Linzer Cookies (Hungry Girl Por Vida)? I’ll be giving them a go later this week.
Butternut Squash Fries with Avocado Dipping Sauce (Lauren Kelly Nutrition), because I love fries but I don’t love what they do to my waistline.
I am always looking for easy, healthy weeknight dinners that both my husband and preschooler will gobble up. We love the Seeds of Change rice and quinoa packets (seriously, we buy them by the case at Costco) and this is a genius way to incorporate them into a one pan meal: Skillet BLT Chicken and Rice (The Cookie Rookie)
Finally, Amy Bourque of Simple Bites (go check out her blog – it’s so great!) puts together a list of her favorite cookbooks each year and she has great taste. If you’re looking for a gift for the cookbook lover in your life, this list would be a great place to start. Note: Amy is Canadian so some of the books purchased in the US may look slightly different. Favourite Cookbooks of 2016 (Simple Bites)