The countdown is ON. With only a few days until Christmas (and Hanukkah, too!), my kitchen is a busy place. With a newborn at home, I’m leaving most of the holiday baking to my amazing mother and focusing on simple dinners for my family – hearty, comforting foods that warm up the cold Decmeber days. We’ve been eating a lot of soups and slow cooker dishes, but also experimenting with roasted fish and comforting curries. This week’s Good Food Reads are basically what I’ll be making this week in my home. What are you cooking these days?
Oven Poached Salmon with Thyme, Dill, and Vermouth (Milk Street Kitchen). Have you guys checked out Christopher Kimball’s new venture? It’s totally fantastic. I have long been a fan of America’s Test Kitchen and I have no doubt that Milk Street Kitchen will be a new favorite.
Pressure Cooker Ropa Vieja (A Calculated Whisk). I got an InstantPot on Prime Day last year and I’m really trying to up my game. In other words, to use it for more than a glorified rice cooker. Anyone have any great pressure cooker recipes they love and want to share?
Healthy Slow Cooker Chicken Tikka Masala (Ambitious Kitchen). I am on a quest to find an easy, weeknight version of my favorite Indian classic. This recipe from Monique at Ambitious Kitchen is next on my list to try.
Spiralized Sweet Potato, Kale, and Bacon Quiche (How Sweet Eats). This recipe is all part of my master plan to get my husband to eat more greens. The trick? Add bacon. Works every time.
Melissa Clark’s Olive Oil Challah (via the New York Times). I heard on the news today that this year is the first time that Christmas and the start of Hanukkah will coincide in one hundred years. I figured a good Challah recipe was in order. And challah makes the best french toast. Ever. So there’s that.
Pear, Date and Walnut Salad with Blue Cheese (Cookie + Kate). Oooooh…I am SO excited to be back on the unpasteurized cheese train. I can’t wait to try this seasonal salad!
Peppermint Bark Shortbread (The Baker Chick), because it’s super cute and relatively easy. I may also make up Molly Wizenberg’s three layer peppermint bark. Apparently, I’m a creature of habit.
Pistachio Chocolate Twist (The Vanilla Bean Blog). This recipe is gorgeous. Seriously, gorgeous. I’m thinking there is little hope it will actually get made this week, but I’m posting it with the hopes that by putting it up on the ole blog, I’ll buckle down and tackle it instead of just staring at all the gorgeous pictures on Sarah Kieffer’s site. Actually, that reminds me…I need to order her book. Find it here.
Friends, that’s it for this week. I’ll see you next Wednesday for another installment of Good Food Reads. In the meantime, may you have a wonderful holiday, filled with love, joy, and really good food.