Christmas Eve Dinner

I love Christmas. Our Christmas eve tradition starts with me in the kitchen, cleaning, prepping, making lists, then finally cooking! This year I had decided to make a Blumenthal Fat Duck recipe but a few of my ingredients didn’t arrive in time, as I was promised, so I came up with a plan B. I’m trying not to be bitter, so on the bright side you’ll have this delicious meal now and an extravagant dish in the near future.

Instead I chose to make French Laundry’s Yabba Dabba Do with Mushrooms, Pommes Anna, Bordelaise sauce and cranberry hand pies. I will not include the main recipe on the page, but click on this link for Keller’s Yabba Dabba Do recipe. I do recommend purchasing a copy, it’s one of my favorites.

I’ll post the cranberry hand pies on Christmas morning, with a recipe and tons of photos.

Merry Christmas and Happy Cooking!


Chewy Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

If your headed out to visit family tomorrow, no one will turn down a tin of these delicious cookies, you can use chocolate chips or dried cranberries instead of raisins.
John also claims Santa will never turn a warm oatmeal cookie down.

Happy Paw-lidays!

Happy Paw-lidays!

Chewy Oatmeal Raisin Cookies – 2 dozen
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, melted
1 1/3 cups light brown sugar, packed
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 cups rolled oats
1 1/2 cups raisins

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line baking sheet with silpat.

In a large bowl, whisk the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, salt, oats and raisins together. In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream together the butter, brown sugar, eggs and vanilla until smooth. Add the dry mixture to the mixer, beat until combined.

Chill the dough for 20 minutes in the fridge. Scoop the cookies onto the prepared baking sheet. The cookies should an inch apart on your baking sheet. Bake them for 10 to 12 minutes, taking them out when golden at the edges but still a little undercooked-looking on top. Let them sit for five minutes before transferring them to a rack to cool.

Enjoy warm or at room temperature with a tall glass of chilled milk.

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Happy Cooking!