The Weekend Dish: 12/26/2010

The Weekend Dish is a day late this weekend given the holiday yesterday, and will be featured next Sunday as well due to New Year’s falling on Saturday. What a whirlwind week this was! Lots of shopping, baking, spending time with friends and family. It was a fabulous holiday enjoyed by all. Christmas Eve dinner featured a modernized version of the Italian “feast of the fishes” – we stayed traditional with fried calamari, but then added baked orange roughy, crab cakes, and coconut shrimp. The meal was rounded out with baked ziti, salad, bread, and a tuscan bean soup. We also fried up corn and broccoli fritters before dinner. Christmas day was more laid back with a late lunch of ham sandwiches with scalloped potatoes and fresh green bean casserole. And of course, lots of cookie trays! How was your holiday? I’d love to hear about the food!

As always, you’ll find a recap of what was posted to the site this week as well as some bookmarked recipes from other blogs. Enjoy! :)

On Brown Eyed Baker This Week

10 Final Gift Ideas: My Kitchen Essentials – The top 10 kitchen items I couldn’t live without.

Mini Cheesecake Cookies – An old recipe of my mom’s and one of my favorite holiday treats, ever. Mini cheesecake… what’s not to love?!

Date, Coconut & Walnut Truffles – Another of my mom’s throwbacks. These are rich and absolutely fantastic. They were a hit on cookie trays this year!

Merry Christmas! – Wishing you and your family a very Merry Christmas.

Most Viewed Recipe This Week: How to Decorate Cookies with Royal Icing

What I Bookmarked This Week

Recipes from other blogs that I thought looked especially delicious and that I thought you would like too:

Eggnog Spiced Pound Cake (Megan’s Cookin’)
These little cakes are gorgeous and I love the addition of eggnog to jazz up pound cake!

Ginger Scones (Simply Recipes)
I love scones, and love that these are packed with crystallized ginger, my favorite!

Peanut Butter Cup Biscotti (Tracey’s Culinary Adventures)
I’m usually a traditionalist when it comes to biscotti, but I can’t turn away when I hear “peanut butter cup” ;-)

Pomegranate Christmas Cake (Sprinkle Bakes)
An absolutely beautiful holiday dessert!

White Chocolate-Gingerbread Blondies (Pink Parsley)
I love the combination of flavors along with the texture of blondies. I will be making these immediately!

I hope you had a wonderful Christmas!