Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie

While on Brown Eyed Baker for the Orange Cookie recipe, I saw the recipe for Frozen Chocolate-Peanut Butter Pie and figured that’d make a fabulous dessert for Christmas dinner.

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Bourbon Glazed Carrots and Parsnips

This recipe uses a similar technique as Cumin Spiced Carrots — cooking/steaming the carrots and parsnips in a liquid that then reduces into a sweet glaze.  This recipe uses bourbon (or whisky) and brown sugar as the liquid, and comes from Food and Wine, recommended by our friend Kim.

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Cheesy Smoky Green Bean Casserole

There’s not much difference between this and macaroni and cheese, but with green beans instead of macaroni.  I wanted to include some ham in with the green beans, but since the ham was cooking at the same time, I diced some tasso instead.  The sauce is your basic bechamel-based cheese sauce.  And who doesn’t love a bacon breadcrumb topping?

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Mashed Potatoes

Meg loves mashed potatoes.  She loves my mashed potatoes.  I have marriage security.

One year for Christmas she got me a potato ricer.  That was the gift that kept on giving — giving back to her.  But seriously, if you’re going to make mashed potatoes, get a potato ricer.

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Bourbon Cider Glazed Ham

Christmas means a lot of different things to a lot of different people — generosity, togetherness, family, Christian co-option of pagan holidays, buying things on Amazon, etc. But let’s not forget the real meaning of Christmas – HAM!

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Cincinnati Chili

Growing up, our Christmas Eve dinner tradition was Pizza Hut pizza — fabulously awful greasy salty crunchy Pizza Hut pan pizza.  And while gluten-free pizza is available, it’s just not the same.

But I grew up near Cincinnati and if Cincinnati is culinarily famous for anything, it’s Cincinnati chili.  Some may say that Cincinnati chili isn’t really chili; I say it’s delicious.  So maybe I’m starting a new Christmas Eve tradition?

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Apple Cider Caramels

I love apple cider season — it’s so versatile.  You can drink it straight, or make rum and cider with a cinnamon stick, or make apple sangria with apple slices and apple brandy.  You can use it in glazes and reductions.  Or, with this recipe from smitten kitchen, you can make Apple Cider Caramels.

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