My favorite holiday memories are usually never the big parties or crowded shopping malls. What I love the most are the little moments of the season….watching Christmas movies with friends and family, baking cookies all night long, or sipping hot cocoa by the fire.
In traditional Italian fashion, my family would make the Feast of the Seven Fishes every Christmas Eve. Over the years, the tradition has changed. We now tend to serve steak and pasta, with only a few of our seafood specialties. Mussels are always a big hit, so this year I am making sure they end up on our holiday table!
The time has come to start thinking about what we’ll be eating on Christmas. Since my family has our traditional dinners we make for both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, I decided to put all my festive energy into the appetizers. I’ve created a huge appetizer spread that is full of little treats for everyone to enjoy.
Cookies and hot chocolate are essentials around the holidays. Even people who don’t cook often can still be found in the kitchen at Christmastime making their favorite assortment of cookies. And hot chocolate? Well, that’s just a given. Nothing’s better than warming up with a tall mug of steamy, homemade hot chocolate. I’ve even found that cookies taste better dunked in hot chocolate than regular milk…at least these cookies do.
December is here! I’m celebrating my favorite time of year the only way I know how…by cooking with all of the flavors that remind me of the holidays, all month long. So light a fire, grab a blanket, and cozy up for a December full of wintery treats. I’m starting off with the most important meal of the day: breakfast! And with a breakfast like this, it’ll feel like Christmas morning is already here.