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!


6 Responses to “The Weekend Dish: 12/26/2010”

  1. linda on December 26, 2010 at 10:46 am

    as we round the corner to new year’s eve…deciding on which one of your cheesecakes i will bake…
    i wanted to let you know that your pecan tastes were a huge hit yesterday…huge…i am going to bake them again for the “eve”…
    we loved your pistachio & cranberry bark, toffee pretzel bark…so so much…that i repeating for new year’s as well…
    today i am going to bake your chocolate biscotti…
    well, it is starting to snow… so i want to make certain i am well stocked with baking ingredients…
    THANK YOU for all your wonderful posts…looking forward to a great 2011!


    • linda on December 26th, 2010 at 12:02 pm

      pecana tassies (sorry)


  2. Megan on December 26, 2010 at 11:52 am

    Your date and coconut truffles sound amazing. I was going to make more mocha truffles for New Year’s Eve but now I have to go check out your truffles. There might have to be a variety pack! 😉

    We had a new dish at the Christmas table that my husband LOVED. It was a layered polenta cake with Gorgonzola cheese. To die for!!!

    Thanks for the linky love and Happy New Year!!!


  3. NanaBread on December 26, 2010 at 12:50 pm

    Here’s what we made for Christmas weekend:
    sausage balls (a family favorite)
    homemade apple pie with fresh whipped cream
    smoked Smithfield ham (awesome!)
    green beens with bacon and garlic
    scalloped potatoes
    homemade orange/cinnamon/cranberry sauce (tasty!)
    tortilla soup & all the fixins
    curried lamb gyros with homecut fries

    We’re stuffed but happy! Your “feast of the fishes” sounds absolutely awesome!! Thanks for sharing it all with us. Happy holidays! -Jeanne


  4. Lauren at KeepItSweet on December 26, 2010 at 1:38 pm

    just wanted to let you know that i finally made your peanut butter oatmeal cookies and they were delicious. everyone loved them!


  5. Tracey on December 26, 2010 at 5:07 pm

    Hope you had a wonderful holiday with your family! Ours was busy, but good, and incredibly indulgent…

    Thanks for linking me 🙂 I can’t wait to make your cheesecake cookies. Also, I tried the white chocolate-gingerbread blondies after having seen them on Pink Parsley and they are terrific!


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