Creating in the Kitchen
Starting this morning I’ve been involved with food nonstop, getting as many things ready as I can for Christmas dinner for eight. A lot of that time was spent online and in my recipe files nailing down the recipes I want to use for different parts of the meal. I have both butternut squash and broccoli from our garden, so had to decide what I wanted to do with those. Since broccoli cooks so quickly and can reach the point of no return in an instant, I knew I didn’t want to chance that with my painstakingly-nurtured organic florets. So it will be broccoli slaw. We all love it and what could be better with turkey and corn bread dressing? And I’ve peeled and chopped the butternut squash with apples, brown sugar, butter, and cinnamon, and will bake it kind of like this recipe.
I’ve already made the 2 pans of corn bread and broken that up, then mixed in chopped fresh herbs from my herb garden (yep, parsley, sage, rosemary, and thyme!) and then added in the chopped onion and celery. That’s been popped into the fridge for final assembly Christmas day.
Refrigerator rolls have been made ahead as well. My sister, who no longer makes big family meals at her house and deservedly so, requested that I do her recipe for Angel Biscuits, a popular Southern recipe using both baking powder and yeast. They are wonderful, so of course I said I’d do them. But there’s an added twist. We got our heads together and decided they need to be something along the order of Red Lobster style garlic cheese biscuits. So I looked that up online and added a ton of cheese and garlic to them. Though this recipe just starts with basic biscuit dough, I adapted it to my angel biscuits. Yum!
Other family members are bringing all the desserts, and that makes me very happy. I prefer just plain old food.
Needless to say I haven’t been in the studio today, and won’t be getting in there over the holiday weekend. The kitchen is a very creative and cozy place right now.
But for my show and tell today, I leave you with these little 5″ square encaustics that I did a long time ago, in my former kitchen that often doubled as an art studio. It’s amazing to see them again after quite a while. That’s because I’ve lost the actual pieces (in the move!) and just stumbled on them on my computer. They make me want to haul out the wax again.
Wishing you Happy Holidays! See you next week.