December 2017 Holiday Class

December 2017 Holiday Class

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I just love the Holidays.  The light, the glitter, and the sparkle! The air is filled with the energy of excitement, craziness, and the anticipation of getting together with family and friends.  I just love all of it!

Whether you are celebrating Christmas, Chanukah, or New Year’s, this menu is joyous, fun, and festive.  It is perfect for entertaining, since, as with so many of my menus, can be prepared in advance of the day of the party, leaving you maximum time with your guests!

This dinner begins with a gorgeous carrot, orange, and turmeric soup. The color is a brilliant shade of orange and the flavor has a pop of citrus that is so refreshing.  The soup is topped with a garnish of yogurt, a sprinkle of chives, and a perfectly sautéed shrimp.

Our main plate is a fillet of beef topped with sautéed spinach, Mushroom Duxelles, and bleu cheese….all perfectly wrapped with filo dough into an adorable present for each guest to open on their plate!  These gems can be prepared hours in advance so that as cocktail hour begins to wind down, you just pop them into the oven to warm before serving.  The perfect present for you the party giver and the party goers!

While I personally prefer savory to sweet, I can’t resist a combination of bitter dark chocolate and peppermint.  It is simply sublime! This recipe is for a tart that has a dark chocolate cookie crust filled with a bittersweet chocolate and peppermint custard and topped with crushed candy canes  This just tastes like the Holidays and is the perfect way to end a celebratory dinner!

Happy Christmas, Chanukah & New Years!