Can you believe it is already December? What a special time of the year! It’s Christmas land here at StoneGable! I’m so excited to share lots of Christmas ideas and inspiration in the next few weeks! But now, let’s talk about what’s on and off the menu this week…
Stay organized this holiday season with this pretty printable HOLIDAY GROCERY LIST! Keep your kitchen well stocked and your family and friends well fed!
This Christmas at our new Tanglewood home we will be hosting lots of family. And some until after the New Year! So that means lots and lots of food. And to cut down on spending my days in the kitchen (ugh) I’m making meals and/or prepping meals and freezing them!
So early this week I’ll be doing one of my favorite things… perusing cookbooks and Pinterest for easy and delicious freezable meals for a crowd and lots of soups too!
But for now, here’s what’s on the menu this week…
MONDAY- SOUP DAY
Oh my goodness this soup will be such a hit! We love mushrooms and anything creamy! I favor my Hungarian roots and remember my Nani’s delicious Hungarian mushroom soup!
Perfect rustic, peasant food!
Thank you Kelly, from Montana Happy!
I am so so excited to make these amazing looking Polenta Cakes from Vegan Heritage Press. They look glorious! And this is a very easy recipe!
I think I can double this recipe and freeze the polenta cakes for a meal when the family is here at Christmas!
Ina Garten and I are on the same cookbook page when it comes to a great roasted chicken! I roast one often and it is soooooo much better than the store-bought rotisserie kind (except for Costco).
Roasting a perfect chicken is easy and makes my whole home smell glorious! We eat every single bit of the chicken and save the carcass for homemade stock.
- PERFECTLY ROASTED CHICKEN
- ROASTED VEGGIES
THURSDAY- SLOW COOKER DAY
Today’s recipe looks absolutely amazing! It has lots of ingredients to give this soup great depth of flavor so I’ll prep what I can while making dinner on Wednesday night.
Don’t you love a soup that eats like a meal? And this is the type of dish that will just get better and better. So leftovers will be amazing!!!!!
One tip… don’t add the pasta to the soup. Keep it separate and add it to the bottom of the bowl and pour the soup over it. Then it will not get soggy. My Nani taught me that!
This gorgeous recipe comes from Chris at The Cafe Sucre Farine.
- SLOW COOKER PASTA FAGIOLI
- LEFTOVER POLENTA CAKES FROM TUESDAY
The sound of this pizza make me swoon! A big thank you to Sally at Sally’s Baking Addiction for this yummy pizza!
I’m going to make this pizza on a pre-made cauliflower pizza crust. But I’ll be trying Sally’s recipe for her pizza crust when I make homemade pizza again! Sally has some great tips for creating the perfect, crisp pizza!
Wednesday’s leftover chicken will come in handy in this gorgeous pizza and Costco pesto will work just fine too.
Just the word “piccata” makes my mouth water! Oh, how I love me a good piccata sauce!
Just wait till you see Aimee Mars foodie blog! Oh, just gorgeous! Thank you for this amazing recipe!
I’ll make this beautiful recipe sans heavy cream.
SUNDAY- COMPANY’S COMING
We are having two other couples for dinner tonight. And I’m serving a bast from the past vintage dinner!
The pot roast is a super easy, company-worthy dinner! And it’s made in one pot! The flavor is beefy and the meat just falls apart. No wonder I love chuck roast so much!
I’ll serve this delicious pot roast in big shallow bowls and just to make it extra pretty I put it over a square of puff pastry and top it off with fresh parsley!
The salad is one my Daddy loved and the dessert was a favorite in my husband’s family.
I’m channeling my Donna Reed and putting on a 1950’s dinner even though this was a good bit before my time! LOL!
SWEET TREAT OF THE WEEK
This week I’m starting my Christmas cookies.
I used to make a cookie tray that would rival Martha Stewart, but I found we gravitated just a few favorites! So why do the extra work?
This year I’ll make up the dough and roll it into logs and freeze. That way we can cut them and bake them and have fresh cookies.
Little hands will help me make cookies this year! Oh, what a joy!
My VERY favorite cookie is a sugar cookie I’ve been for literally decades! Take my word for it… this cookie is the best of the best!
Have a very merry and scrumptious week, friend!