I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday season filled with happiness, family, friends, and love. I know I did. And we were lucky enough to have a white Christmas filled with sunshine; Colorado weather at its finest. The day was mellow but perfect. Gifts in the morning, fresh ravioli for lunch followed by salmon, swiss chard, and squash for dinner. The house we recently moved in to is proving to be perfect for hosting a few guests. I must say I feel truly lucky these days.
I’ve been off from work for two weeks, was lucky enough to have my parents in town for Christmas, and pretty much took a cooking vacation during this time. I’m not going to lie, it felt pretty great. I did make a few batches of cookies to welcome my parents into town, but nothing spectacular like I had hoped so I decided against posting; ginger cookies and hermits. For both I could tell the altitude definitely affected the way they baked, so they weren’t the prettiest cookies but they still tasted good. I also made a batch of pistachio cranberry biscotti and a pumpkin olive oil bread which were extremely tasty! For my biscotti I used the recipe from the blog Sunshine & Smile. It’s a great recipe and extremely easy to throw together. Who knew biscotti could be so easy? I was pleasantly surprised. The recipe calls for rose essence which I switched to vanilla, and I would suggest a bit more cardamom if you like the flavor. But overall they were excellent! I used a brown sugar with a high molasses content so mine were a bit darker than the normal color of biscotti. My pumpkin olive oil bread recipe came from the magazine Fine Cooking. I was lucky enough to receive a subscription for my birthday this year, thanks Nan! As soon as I saw the recipe I knew I had to make it. I love olive oil and so does my family. The bread was extremely moist and the pumpkin olive oil combination made a great flavor. I made this Christmas morning and probably ate a good 1/3 of the loaf to myself!
Have a wonderful New Years Eve and wishing you all the best in the coming year!