Friday, December 28, 2012

My Favorite Recipes 2012

Happy Saturday! Today I wanted to share with you my favorite recipes from 2012. They may not have been the most popular posts, but in my opinion they tasted the best of all the food I made this year. Enjoy!

Filet Mignon with Red Wine Boysenberry Reduction and Fried Goat Cheese Rounds

I have got a fancy and delicious recipe for you guys, courtesy of the samples I received from Certified Steak & Seafood Company. If you missed the other one I posted, go check out the Chilean Sea Bass with Orange Mango White Wine Reduction.

For those of you that may not be goat cheese fans, this filet mignon is delicious if you skip making the fried goat cheese rounds, but I loved the contrast of the sweet berry sauce and the tangy goat cheese.

The quality of the meat was superb. This is a dish that you have to watch closely. If you are not familiar with filet mignon, you definitely do not want to overcook it and have it be grey in the middle. Here is a great article that should help you decide what temperature to cook your filet mignon. Remember that it will continue to cook even after you take it off the stovetop. My pieces were about two inches thick so remember that if you have a different thickness of meat that you may need to adjust your cooking time.

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Creme Brulee French Toast

This Christmas morning I baked up a pan of these delicious Creme Brulee French Toast that I found at Channeling Contessa. They are sweet and decadent. You can use whatever type of bread you prefer, but I went with a thinly sliced cinnamon swirl bread. 

Since these are so sweet, be sure to have savory items to serve with it. We went with cheesy scrambled eggs and bacon. Enjoy!

Merry Christmas!

Monday, December 24, 2012

Chilean Sea Bass with Orange Mango White Wine Reduction

I made two fancy meals today. The first which I am posting about this evening is this Chilean Sea Bass. The second which will come shortly is a fantastic Filet Mignon. Yum yum yum.

I got an opportunity to sample these goodies from Certified Steak & Seafood Company. I haven't cooked a ton of Sea Bass before but it ended up to be pretty simple. The quality of the fillets I got was fantastic. I have to say I haven't made a dinner that I enjoyed this much in quite some time.

Onto the recipe! For the sea bass I thought going the citrus route would compliment it well, and I was right. I reduced an orange mango juice blend down to almost nothing so the flavors were very potent, then added butter and whisked it in to create a velvety smooth sauce. Delicious.

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Cranberry Pineapple Punch

This recipe for Cranberry Pineapple Punch from Cafe Zupas was a big hit at our Christmas party. It has just the right amounts of tartness, sweetness and fizz. I used an ice tray like this one and cut lemon and orange slices to freeze inside of the ice cubes. You could also make an ice ring and fill it with citrus slices and float it in the punch bowl. Enjoy!

Christmas Cookie Tray 2012

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Cherry (or Raspberry...or Lime) Divinity

Divinity is another one of my favorite Christmas treats. This is not for the faint of heart. It is sweet and much loved at our house. Most divinities have nuts which I omitted out of preference.

One note about the recipe. It says to heat to 250 to 265. We tried it on the higher end towards 265 and it was just a bit too hard. Next time around I will do 255. Enjoy!

Cherry Kolacky Thumb Print Cookies

Besides the famous Snowflake Sugar Cookies, another Christmas cookie staple at our house are Kolachky Thumb Print Cookies. They are tender and sweet and one of our favorites. We also make these using an apricot filling but we decided to be lazy this year and only make cherry. Enjoy!

Photo Update - Party Pinwheels

Check out the updated pictures for these Party Pinwheels here.

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Starbucks Double Glazed Pumpkin Scones

You guys. These scones are so so good. I've made scones a few times before and these are by far the best. A moist pumpkin scone is glazed twice. This recipe makes 6 scones, which isn't a ton but it was just right for our house. Basically just enough to last a day, when the scone is fresh.

This copycat recipe comes from Rumbly In My Tumbly. These would be perfect for breakfast with a cup of coffee during the Christmas Season.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Snowball Cookies

I prefer these cookies with no nuts. They are probably my favorite holiday cookie. Even though they only have a few ingredients, the texture and taste is outstanding.

Snowflake Sugar Cookies

Sugar cookies are a must for our Christmas get together. This recipe is an oldie but a goodie, coming from Betty Crocker's Cooky Book, published in 1963. It is a crisp sugar cookie with a sweet and sparkly garnish. Be sure not to over bake,, the cookies should just barely have a hint of browning, if at all. Enjoy!