Friday, December 18, 2015

A Recipe for the Holiday

Christmas brings us many family traditions and traditional recipes.  This year, step outside the box and try something a little different.  I found this recipe on the Epicurious website and it was a big hit with our family last Christmas.  I'd like to share it with you and maybe you will add a new dish to your traditional dinner.  It pairs well with turkey, cranberry sauce and other vegetable dishes on your dinner table.

2 1/2 pounds sweet potatoes (2 large)
1   Tablespoon Dijon mustard
4   Teaspoons white wine vinegar
1/4  Teaspoon salt
1/4   Cup olive oil
4    Scallions, thinly sliced

Peel sweet potatoes, halve lengthwise, cut lengthwise into 3/4 inch wedges, then cut wedges crosswise into 1-inch pieces.  Steam over boiling water in a large pot, covered, until just tender, 10-12 minutes.

While the potatoes steam, whisk together mustard, vinegar and salt in a large bowl, then add oil in a slow steady steam, whisking until emulsified.  Add hot potatoes, gently toss to combine.  Cool to room temperature, about 15 minutes.  Add scallions and salt to taste, gently toss.

Cook's tip:  May be made 2 hours ahead of time.  Toss in scallions just before serving.

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Christmas is getting closer, so remember to slow down, be kind to yourself and enjoy the love and sharing of family and friends…..'tis the season……..

From all of us at Black Walnut Shirts wish you and yours all of the joy of the Christmas season.

The Nuts at Black Walnut T's
May your Christmas be nutty and bright

Monday, December 7, 2015

A Stress Free Christmas

With Thanksgiving behind us and the Christmas season underway, it may be time to determine what you "really" want to do for the holidays.  Even though Christmas can be a happy and fun filled time of year, it can bring its own stressors. Where do you fall on the holiday stress continuum?  Most of us fall somewhere in the middle.  Before the season is in full swing, take time to set priorities and remember to
include downtime for yourself.

If hosting Christmas dinner is on your list this year,  remember, you don't have to do all the cooking.
Try cooking the turkey, dressing, ham and beverages.  Have each guest bring a dish.  Your guests don't want you to be frazzled and unable to enjoy your day, besides they want to help, so don't deny them this gift.  If you find it necessary for rounding out your menu, co-ordinate with your guests what food dishes will compliment dinner.  Many times, suggestions help and you will feel better about your meal planing.

Now that you have a plan in place for Christmas dinner, its time to finish holiday shopping, remember to keep your list within time and budget constraints. The Christmas holiday is about enjoying time with family and friends, so take time during a shopping day to have lunch with friends or even better, a trip to the spa.

An ounce of prevention: remember to slow down, take a few deep breaths and find a quiet place for meditation or a walk.  You're worth it.  If you are relaxed and centered, you will bring peace and joy to those around you.  After all, joy, peace, love and happiness are the messages the season brings.

Wishing you the best the season!

The Black Walnut Nuts   :-)))