The holiday season is all about food. Catching up with friends over brunch, baking dozens (upon dozens) of cookies to share, grabbing far too many appetizers at work parties, feasting with the whole family for Christmas… you name the activity and there’s some major chowing down involved. It’s the holliest, jolliest, foodiest time of year, and you shouldn’t fight it.
My weekend started with Friday night pizza—one with roasted potatoes and chicken, the other with pesto, tomatoes and shaved Asiago—and ended with mimosas and savory scones. But before we get to those, let’s talk Saturday brunch.
See that beautiful cilantro-topped bowl of yum? It’s the shakshouka from a Milwaukee restaurant called Story Hill BKC. I’ve been seeing recipes for this Israeli breakfast dish all over Pinterest (and meaning to make some at home), but I doubt any will match this one. Smoked lentils, goat cheese and sumac mayonnaise really upped the cumin-spiced tomato flavor going on. Plus, I ate this among a group of nine wonderful friends, so it doesn’t get better than that.
Sunday morning was busy-busy, but the payoff—yep, those giant, golden scones—was worth it. In just a handful of hours I managed to walk to the grocery store, bake these babies and fit in a 4.5-mile run before a couple friends came over for a coloring party. My last attempt at scones didn’t turn out as beautifully big and fluffy as these cheddar-chive ones did. I used a recipe from Laughing Spatula, and the only thing I’d do differently next time is add bacon… because doesn’t bacon make everything just a little bit better?
Two scones, two mimosas and a few homemade peanut butter cups later, I finished coloring this picture of a sassy circus lady. (Props to my friend Kaitlin for bringing the chocolate.) We watched the creatively titled holiday movie “The Holiday,” chatted about the interesting selection of men in the Color Me Swoon book and had an all-around lovely afternoon.
‘Twas a delicious finale to an already tasty weekend.
YOUR TURN: What were the food highlights of your weekend?