The Weekend Dish: 12/22/2012

It’s our last weekend before Christmas! Do you have all of your shopping finished, all of your baking done, and all of your presents wrapped? My answer to all three is a resounding, “No”. I’m so ashamed of myself for not being more organized this year! I have done quite a bit of baking, but I didn’t make as much as I had hoped. Plus, I didn’t start shopping until this weekend, which is a recipe for disaster. I’m planning to finish everything up today, and then start the celebrating, kicking things off at my grandparents’ with my dad’s family tomorrow, then a traditional Italian Christmas Eve dinner with my mom’s side of the family, and then Christmas day with my Chief Culinary Consultant and his family. What are your plans for the holidays? Are you trying any recipes? I hope you and your families have a wonderful and safe long holiday weekend!

As always, youíll 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

A Moment of Silence – I let the blog rest on Monday as we remembered all of those affected by the shooting in CT last Friday.


Reindeer Chow – A totally addicting holiday snack – Rice Chex, Cheerios, peanuts, pretzels and M&M’s covered in white chocolate.


Reindeer Chow

Cheesy Sausage Spinach Breakfast Casserole – A perfect recipe for a holiday breakfast – so hearty and delicious!

Cheesy Sausage Spinach Breakfast Casserole

Ho Ho (Ho) Cake – One of the best cakes I have EVER made! Chocolate cake, a fluffy white filling and chocolate icing – reminiscent of Ho Ho snack cakes.

Ho Ho (Ho) Cake

Friday Things – A lot of Christmas fun, some dog stories, a hockey picture, and more!

Friday Things

Most Viewed Post This Week: 30 Favorite Christmas Cookies & Recipes

Most Pinned Post This Week: Chubby Hubby Truffles

Most Emailed Post This Week: Chubby Hubby Truffles

Most Facebook Shared Post This Week: Peanut Butter Cup Cookies

Most Tweeted Post This Week: 10 Awesome Foodie Gift Ideas (2012)

What I Bookmarked This Week

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

Bourbon Maple Ribs (White on Rice Couple)
Ribs aren’t exactly the type of food of I think of this time of year, but look out January 2nd, I am totally making these! They look amazing!

Chocolate-Espresso Buche de Noel (Portuguese Girl Cooks)
This has got to be one of the most beautiful desserts I’ve ever seen. It’s on my list for next Christmas!

Double Cookies and Cream Bars (chef in training)
I don’t make or eat nearly enough in the cookies n’ cream food group. These bars look fantastic!

Holiday Dulce de Leche Chocolate Bars (Pennies on a Platter)
Buttery crust, dulce de leche and lots of chocolate… what’s not to love?! Plus, a festive red and green swirl on top!

Mexican Hot Chocolate Cupcakes (The Novice Chef)
Ever since making the Mexican chocolate chile caramels earlier this year, I have fallen in love with the notion of Mexican chocolate. These look fantastic!

What was the best thing you ate this week??

Have a delicious weekend!