Saturday, February 13, 2010

#3 - February: Experiment with New Recipes

The worst time for attempting new holiday recipes is during Christmas when we're already strapped for time. If you're like me, you found some recipes that made your mouth water, but you never found the time to make them. Whether you needed to make treats for a party, your family, or gift-giving, you didn't have time to experiment with new recipes. You fell back on the old reliables that you've been making for years.

Let's pull out a few of those untried recipes and make them now. I'm a bit late with this suggestion, which I intended to make well before Valentine's Day (another holiday when sweets and treats are expected), but there are still a couple of weeks left to surprise someone you love.

Today I tried a new recipe for sausage balls, and I'm pleased to report that they are the best I've ever made! I have a recipe for spiced pecans that I didn't get to make in December but plan to make this month. My daughter loves to experiment with peanut brittle recipes; she's got an idea for making red hot peanut brittle that we'll try this month as well. If it's a success, it will go on her list of Christmas treats to make and give as gifts!

I'll post a poll near the end of the month to find out how you did with your holiday recipes this month, so please visit again!

P.S. The above photo is of our traditional Christmas morning monkey bread. I don't think I'll ever replace it as our family holiday breakfast!


  1. I love this idea! Here is a recipe my daughter and I came up with recently and we plan on making it next Christmas. I have always thought of oranges as a Christmas time fruit because they are in season that time of year and we always got them in our Befana stockings.

  2. Great idea! I always wait until December to even decide on the meal and extras and when I run out of time I just eliminate the extras and stick with the meal. I'll have to give this idea a try.

  3. I just made a less-than-stellar batch of spice pecans, a new recipe. If I had tried this in December, I'd be crying and thinking "what now?" But since it's today and I didn't need them for a party or gifts, it's okay. At least the sausage balls I made earlier in the month turned out great!

  4. Hey, Brenda. Can I have your monkey bread recipe? We always buy it frozen and it is not sold in all stores. Elena loves this bread! I usually get it for a special treat when she has someone over for the night. Donna

  5. Update: Last summer my daughter experimented with her peanut brittle and discovered that dipping the pieces in melted chocolate makes it awesome! People have fallen in love with her chocolate-covered peanut brittle, and she was able to sell some during the year -- especially during December!


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