(Earlier in the week post because of the holidays.) Many people have spent the Pandemic time baking and cooking up a storm. Well, I made it all the way until November before I baked anything.
The pumpkin pie was a given for Thanksgiving.
But then I found a recipe on New England Today. I’ve been following this magazine for some time, and it’s been especially nice since we haven’t been able to go there for over two years. The recipe was for an Apple Bundt Cake, and it didn’t use eggs. I have some family members who can’t eat eggs. I made the cake and literally devoured half of it because it was so good. So, for Christmas, I decided to make the cake and use GF flour since some family members have a sensitivity to gluten. It’s fairly labor intensive peeling and cutting up all the apples, but it was worth it when everyone loved my creation.
I also made a take off on my grandmother’s Hermits. Instead of raisins, I use mincemeat, and these cookies are like a drug to me. I haven’t made them since 2016. I can literally eat the whole batch, so I gave away half of them. My husband ate the late two a couple of days ago. Thank goodness.
The next kitchen endeavor was also fairly labor intensive. For the Christmas day meal, I made a Shepherd’s Pie from a recipe my granddaughter made during a summer cooking school. It turned out really well, if I do say so, but I had way too much, so I’ve frozen half of it.
I’m about to go back to my simple meal prep with roasted chicken from Albertson’s and fresh squash, zucchini, and onions. I also throw in mashed potatoes and peas for variety. When the weather improves, I’ll grill the chicken and veggies outside, but that’s several months off. Occasionally, I’ll do a crock pot meal.
You can find my more traditional end of the year post over on the WORD BY WORD Blog posted on Tuesday of this week. You should check it out just to see the beautiful snow picture from my friend Klaran Warner up in New Hampshire. Here’s the link. https://wordbyword.net/2020/12/29/goodbye-2020/
Have you been busy baking and cooking? I know some of you have, I’ve seen the pics on Facebook. Please share some of your favorites. Love to hear from you and Happy New Year.