WanderFood Wednesday: Delicious December Desserts

by Samantha Scott
( December 3rd, 2014 )

Christmas Pudding

It’s the time of year again (in the northern hemisphere!) for pies, puddings and cookies. Here is a quick list of some delicious December desserts to try this season.

Christmas Pudding

Also called Figgy Pudding, this traditional winter dessert originates from Shakespeare’s time in the mid 1600’s though it did not gain popularity in Britain until the 1800s, when it became a holiday staple. It is arguably one of the most exciting December desserts because, well, you light it on fire.

Pecan Pie

Pecans are very popular this time of year, and one of my favorite ways to use them is in Pecan Pie. Fun to make and very flavorful, it’s a sure crowd pleaser for a holiday party!

Pecan Pie

Russian Tea Cakes

Christmas cookies have become synonymous with the season, and there are many different kinds. Russian Tea Cakes are also known as “Mexican Wedding Cakes” and “Butter Balls,” which is an apt name…but it’s also why they are SO heavenly. While it’s amusing that something can claim to be from two such opposite places as Russia and Mexico, the ingredients for these delightful cookies are so simple it’s not hard to believe.

Russian Tea Cakes

Do you have any favorite delicious December desserts that you make every winter?

Photo Credit

Christmas Pudding: Pete via Flickr

Pecan Pie: cyclonebill via Flickr

Russian Tea Cakes: Stacy via Flickr

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WanderFood Wednesday: Ambrosia Salad

by Samantha Scott
( November 25th, 2014 )

Ambrosia Salad

Marshmallow Grape Salad (Ambrosia Salad) has been a traditional Thanksgiving dish in my family for years. My mom grew up having it and still uses her mothers recipe to make it today. There are many variations on ingredients and preparation for Ambrosia, as evidenced by the picture above, which features mandarin oranges instead of grapes.

Here is the recipe, written exactly as it appears on a yellowing, much used, recipe card from my Grandmas recipe box. Enjoy!

My Grandma’s Marshmallow Grape Salad

Ingredients

2-3 oz pkg Cream Cheese

2 Tbsp Pineapple Syrup

1 2 lb Can Drained Pineapple

2 Cups Grapes, halved

2 Tbsp Mayo

24 Quartered Marshmallows

1 Cup Whipping Cream, whipped

Directions

Soften cream cheese and blend with mayo. Beat in pineapple syrup.

Add marshmallows and drained pineapple.

Fold in whipped cream and grapes.

Chill until firm.

Super easy to make, and great for Thanksgiving since you can make it ahead. And it tastes wonderful too…I mean, it has marshmallows in it. Kind of hard to go wrong!

Do you have a traditional Thanksgiving dish you make every year?

Eat Well, Travel Well ~ Samantha

Photo Credit

Ambrosia Salad: Steven Dep0lo via Flickr

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Fun Thanksgiving Turkey Recipes

by Samantha Scott
( November 22nd, 2014 )

Thanksgiving Turkey

Thanksgiving is officially less than a week away and though I’m sure you have everything organized and planned out because you’re all spectacular planners…on the off chance you are scrambling for ideas, here’s a list of some fun Thanksgiving turkey recipes. Happy cooking!

Pear-Thyme Brined Turkey

I was struck immediately by the title of this recipe because pears seem to be a heavily under-utilized winter fruit. They have such an exotic, tropical flavor which adds a wonderful element to so many dishes. And to use coupled with thyme seems just perfect!

Deep Fried Turkey

I have had deep fried turkey before and it is as heavenly as it sounds. It can have the tendency to be quite salty and little one-note after the novelty has worn off though. But it is well worth trying, and definitely a crowd pleaser!

Orange and Sage Roasted Turkey

Another unexpected fruit and herb combination. Sage is one of the most decadent herbs in my opinion and has such a delicate flavor, so coupling it with the vibrancy of orange is a fantastic idea. I love how prominent oranges are in winter cooking, they add such beautiful color and texture.

 Roast Turkey with Herbes-de-Provence Rub

Keeping it classic, herbes-de-provence has a mild, savory flavor which would let the richness of the turkey shine through.

What are some of your favorite fun Thanksgiving turkey recipes? Do you keep it traditional each year or do you like to branch out?

Eat Well, Travel Well ~ Samantha 

Photo Credit: Pixabay

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