My Week in Food

Birthday

It was a big week for celebrating in our house, between the holidays and the fact that my oldest daughter turned….deep breath….EIGHTEEN!

Feels impossible.

I must have been a child bride.

Breakfast

We hosted a big birthday sleepover with this healthy spread for breakfast to balance out a deliciously decadent chocolate cake.

Skillet S'mores

Also deliciously decadent (it is that time of year), was this pan of “Skillet S’Mores”. It’s a fun dessert for a crowd that takes the s’mores concept indoors with melted chocolate on the bottom, burnished marshmallows on the top, and graham crackers for dipping. Here’s a basic “how to”, though we halved the marshmallows in ours and used the broiler to get a nice brown finish.

Chocolate Rice Krispy Squares

We didn’t come close to polishing off the pan, so we stirred Rice Krispies into the leftover oozy chocolate and marshmallows, spread it on a greased baking sheet, chilled it, and cut it into squares.

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Not quite so fun as those s’mores was getting hit with a virus just before Christmas. This was about the sweetest pre-holiday gift I could ask for: Rosie made a pot of my Creamy Tomato Soup along with scrumptious sides.

Smoked Salmon and creme fraiche

I don’t know if it was the food or the love that healed me, but I was back on my feet in time to make Christmas Eve dinner, starting with smoked salmon, creme fraiche, and a batch of warm blinis from Ina Garten. The blinis are less fussy than most, especially since I didn’t bother clarifying the butter and found I needed just a few tablespoons, not a whole stick.

Buche de NoelI was on dessert duty for Christmas night, so the girls and I settled on a classic Buche de Noel. It turned out A-Okay (though the mess we left in the kitchen was nothing short of epic).  
Personalized Nutella

Ok, last chocolate photo, I promise: This came home with Mr. Mom’s Kitchen from a work trip to Dublin. The Nutella nut in the house was pretty pleased with her very own personalized jar.

Roast Turkey

This was resting on the stove at my brother’s house on Christmas morning: a roast he and his wife cooked up to deliver to a group of homeless camped out not far from their home. I was really touched by that kind of Christmas spirit. Be careful, it’s contagious.

fitness

I was touched by this too: Mr. Mom’s Kitchen and one of the girl tribe on a hike off the California coast. Best way to work off all that chocolate.

Espaliered Meyer LemonsLeaving 2015 with this colorful image: first fruit on our Meyer lemon tree. Those bright globes just look so happy and hopeful; I see good things coming from that tree and for us all in 2016.

Happy Happy and healthy New Year to you all.

xo,

Katie

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Comments

12.30.2015 at11:54 PM #

yunah

all beautiful photos- your meyer lemon tree is a treasure! !
happy new year!

12.30.2015 at11:54 PM #

katiemorford

Happy New Year Yunah. I keep thinking I’ll bump into you during your visit to SF. Enjoy.

12.31.2015 at8:53 AM #

Anne Mullen

Still love your blog, and wish your whole family a Happy and Healthy New Year. I hope we’ll see you this coming year.

12.31.2015 at8:53 AM #

katiemorford

Same to you Anne!

01.01.2016 at7:19 AM #

Sally @ Real Mom Nutrition

Looks like a wonderful week! So jealous of that beautiful lemon tree. There’s nothing growing here in Ohio except my collection of wool sweaters! 🙂

01.01.2016 at7:19 AM #

katiemorford

Thanks Sally. That tree just makes me happy…I’m brewing some preserved lemons and will be sharing that recipe soon.

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