Just a quick round up of the recipes for French Fridays With Dorie for December before December and the year are through!
A couple weeks ago I made Dorie’s Go-To Beef Daube (pages 244-245). I made just a few simple changes. The recipe called for 2 large onions and 6 shallots. I don’t think so! ;) I did use one onion. And that was plenty. I didn’t have any parsnips. Instead of Cognac or brandy, I just used water. In place of the red wine, I used POM Wonderful pomegranate juice. And I didn’t have any fresh herbs for the bouquet garni, so I used dried herbs and didn’t put them in cheesecloth. All my changes worked well. This was a great Sunday meal. I made mashed potatoes to go with it.
I made the Sweet and Spicy Cocktail Nuts (page 18). I doubled the nuts and egg, but not the sugar and spices. I’m glad I didn’t double the sugar, they would have had too much. The spices were also perfect without doubling them. I used one cup each of cashews, pecans, almonds and walnuts. I gave lots of these away for Christmas and munches on my fair share! ;)
And finally for this month, I made Speculoos (pages 406-407). These are a fun, perfectly Christmas cookie. Similar to a thin crispy gingersnap, but with cinnamon as the key flavor and not ginger. I like them!
These were easy and fun to roll out (the dough chills while it is already rolled in between plastic wrap. I had fun with different shapes and some sprinkles!
Taylor wanted to make one, so he made a big gingerbread boy cookie and had fun decorating it.
There you have it, December French Friday’s With Dorie at my house. Get the book and join in the fun.
My little Sammie didn’t feel very good today, this is him about 5:00 p.m.
He went to bed with a fever (but medicated). :( Bummer! Speaking of bed, I must go there so I can get up early and workout. Wishing you all a Happy New Year! Be safe and have a wonderful 2011. I’m looking forward to it!
Here’s our spoiled little puppy. He comes in from going potty outside in the foot of snow on the ground and gets all wrapped up in a towel to dry off and cuddle. No, he’s not spoiled at all. ;)