We haven’t done one of these posts in a while and I’m not exactly sure why. We’ve been having Sunday Suppers but I think the recipes just weren’t blog worthy.
Yesterday it started to snow in Seattle (and it’s still coming down) but wasn’t sticking. Despite that, it was really cold. I was craving something warm and stew-ish. At first I was thinking of making Bigos. It’s a Polish hunter stew I was first introduced to during the summer of 2001. I was spent the summer working at summer camps in Poland. The family I stayed with in-between camp sessions insisted I try Bigos and I loved it. They also insisted I try Gołąbki (stuffed cabbage) which I also loved. Anywho, we didn’t have everything for Bigos but we did have everything for Golabki.
I went with the Smitten Kitchen recipe because it was straight forward, I had all the ingredients and everything she posts is delicious. So, it turns out that I had the wrong cabbage and after many failed attempts at getting a whole, not torn cabbage leaf off, I gave up and just did a cabbage chiffonade. I turned stuffed cabbage into what I' call cabbage lasagna. Basically I layered the cabbage and stuffing and then poured the tomato sauce on top. It turned out to be delicious and I salvaged the dish. Yay me!
For dessert I made a Eggnog cookies. The recipe came from an unlikely place – Lauren Conrad (yes, of the Hills) via the back of People Style Watch magazine. Yes, seriously. Micah loves eggnog so I thought I’d give it a shot. You know what? They are really good. I think I’m adding them to my holiday cookie list for this year. Here’s the recipe:
LC’s Eggnog Cookies:
- 2 1/4 cups of flour
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1/2. cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp + 1 tbsp ground nutmeg
- 1 1/4 cups sugar (I did half splenda/sugar so Dadtractor could enjoy them)
- 3/4 cup salted butter
- 1/2 cup eggnog (I did the lighter Holiday Nog)
- 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
- 2 large egg yolks
Preheat oven to 300 degrees Fahrenheit. In a medium bowl, combine flour, baking powder, cinnamon and 1/2 a tsp of nutmeg. Whisk it together and set aside. Cream the butter and sugar together with a mixer to form a grainy paste. Add (not ass) eggnog, vanilla and egg yolks. Beat at medium speed until smooth. Add the flour mixture to the eggnog mixture and beat on the lowest speed until just combined. Don’t overmix. Drop by rounded teaspoonfuls onto ungreased baking sheets, 1 inch apart. Sprinkle lightly with 1 tbsp of nutmeg. bake for 23-25 minutes or until bottoms turn light brown.
These are really good. Mine came out perfect -- a crunchy outside and soft, cakey inside. I think next time I make these, I’ll make them less round and a little flatter. There are definitely holiday winners.
Do make cookies particularly for the holiday?