When my colleagues in the test kitchen happened upon my red folder titled “Holiday Recipes” they poked a little good-humored fun (it was the first week of October). Now that December has finally arrived, let’s talk Christmas!
Some of my friends think it’s extreme that I plan dinner before I’ve had breakfast, so this is my confession: I plan my Christmas feast all year round. There, I said it! Who’s with me?
Christmas is my favorite holiday; the cheer, the mulled wine, the traditional Lanz and Salzburg nightgowns my sister and I wear, the wool socks, the stroopwafel (a Dutch treat made from two thin layers of waffle with a caramel syrup filling in the middle—sit them over a cup of coffee or tea to warm, then dunk and enjoy!). Christmas is pure magic, and as I’ve gotten older I’ve realized that the magic doesn’t come from the FAO Schwartz stuffed animal at the bottom of the tree, but from the indescribable warmth of being with family. Communing with loved ones is my ultimate joy—and daydreaming about what I will feed them gives me a certain comfort all year round.
This is where my holiday folder comes in handy: I am able to save all my favorite findings over the year and call on them for inspiration. Each time I thumb through my collection of recipes I feel overwhelmed by possibilities, itching to hit the kitchen while carols jingle and roasting meat spits, cozy in the oven.
Shown: My desk! Here are recipes for Classic Seville Orange Marmalade and Peppermint Bark, which I am making to bribe my neighbors. (The Adams Family can get quite festive.)
It’s been a secret since October, so I am happy to finally announce what’s going to be on my table this holiday season:
This is a classic English menu as the focus is on a gorgeous beef roast paired with Yorkshire pudding. I am a sucker for tradition.
Leek-Crusted Beef Tenderloin
When Food Editor Shira Bocar was developing this recipe, I kid you not, the entire test kitchen said we are making this for our families this Christmas. It is elegant, flavorful, and screams special occasion. Read More…