Category: Holiday

Classic Hot Mulled Wine

Enjoyed in Europe throughout the holiday season, I wanted to share a classic mulled wine recipe. I love warm drinks and this one definitely keeps you warm and cozy when you’re hanging out by the tree, snuggled up with your loved ones (whether that’s a significant other, your pet, or that fireplace on Netflix).

 

Classic Mulled Hot Wine Recipe:

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Homemade Holiday Cookies

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Original Post 12/29/2014:

Every year, since I was a baby, my family has made these Christmas cookies (will share recipe on the blog next week!) AND Polish gingerbread (Piernik) (this one too!) covered with a chocolate glaze… yummy.

So Simple. So fun. So good.

We use (organic) sugar crystals and crushed walnuts for the toppings of the cookies. My aunt stepped it up a notch, making thinner versions (so they can be stacked and not be too thick) with jam in the middle.

I leave the Polish cookies and piernik duty to my Dad and aunt! I decided to start my own tradition and make thumbprints. The recipe is quite similar, yet different! They have been a hit the past 2 years, so I thought I’d share them with you… (more…)

Stuffed Cabbage Rolls

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Here is another one of my favorite Polish dishes to eat (and now make!) I taught myself this past year how to make all my favorite Polish dishes now that I no longer live at home. I figured instead of waiting for the holidays when my grandpa makes a lot of these traditional dishes, I would learn myself so I could have them whenever I had a craving (or missed my grandma). Have your tried my potato dumplings yet? (more…)

We make these instead of mashed potatoes for every holiday: KLUSKI

523149_638722049166_378506654_n3I have mentioned these when I posted a recipe for roasted chicken, so I am going to share the recipe!  These potato based dumplings are called KLUSKI ŚLĄSKIE (K-L-U-SS-K-I) in Polish and they are by far my favorite side dish out there!  

I am sharing some kluski pictures from when I was in Poland a few months back and some instructional pictures from when I made them at home recently. When we were selecting my wedding venue this year, one of our requirements was that the chef serve KLUSKI ŚLĄSKIE! It honestly was a deal breaker if they didn’t serve them.

I can’t wait to have them in a few days on Thanksgiving!

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Tuesday Ten: Healthy Thanksgiving Recipes

The holidays are upon us – the Thanksgiving to New Year’s season seems to take forever to get here, but then goes by way too fast! It’s the time we forget about our diets because it’s just SO hard when delicious traditional food is all around us – we can’t get away from it. From spending time in the kitchen with family and friends to work holiday parties to simply running errands – the smells of pumpkin spice, peppermint mocha and gingerbread are everywhere.

With that said, I always try to incorporate some healthy options into the feasting to balance out the inevitable overeating and indulging. We are running a 5-miler on Thanksgiving morning as well! I hope my fiance and brother go easy on me this year!  Although I have become a better runner with some of the tweaks I mentioned here.

Here are 10 yummy, must try recipes  … (more…)