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4 Stars Out Of 5
December 4, 2009
Thank you to Simon & Schuster for sending me a copy of this collection of all things Christmas.Although small in size, 7.1 x 7.1 x 0.5 inches with 132 pages, it's chock full of ideas that will inspire the reader to enjoy the real meaning of Christmas. The author encourages the reader "to let go of perfection." (sigh) Finally, an authority gives permission to the homemaker to relax and enjoy the holiday.
Do you know someone that loves getting into the spirit of Christmas? The decorating, the baking, cooking, gift giving, entertaining... all of it? Are you that person? Then "The Christmas Kitchen" is for you.This book is a great compilation of some fantastic recipes, excellent tips and ideas and everything you need to put you in the mood for the holiday season. It is beautifully done and would be great for gift giving. Check out some of these recipes...Salmon and Lemon-Caper Cream SandwichesFrench Apple Cake with Caramel SauceCurried Chicken-Cashew SandwichesCoconut Angel CupcakesTeddy Bear Caramel CornBon Temps Cajun ShrimpAmbrosia PunchFeliz Navidad Tortilla SoupCranberry GuacamoleAnd this is just the beginning - I can't wait to make some of these recipes myself this month. The one thing about the book that confused me a little bit was all the recipes that were in it, and tons of pictures but no pictures of the food. I love pictures of food to go with recipes. Instead of food pictures there are lots of pictures of people... with no captions of who they are??? But that is probably just me being quirky, other than that I absolutely love this book! Great gift for a Christmas lover or perfect for yourself!
The Christmas Kitchen is a delightful book full of tips, traditions, and simple recipes to slow your Christmas focus.You will find everything from tips for stress-free fun with kids in the kitchen, how to make gingerbread houses, recipes for homemade hot chocolate, to a full Christmas meal. Tammy shares many of her own family traditions, which is something I always enjoy hearing about.The Christmas Kitchen is a gift-sized book, perfect for you or someone else you know that might enjoy a peek into Tammys family traditions with hopes to start some of your own!Here's one of the recipes that sounds fabulous:GOURMET HOT COCOA MIXTammy Maltby4 cups instant nonfat dry milk powder2 cups sifted confectioners' sugar2 cups French vanilla powdered nondairy coffee creamer2 cups powdered chocolate milk mix 1 5-oz (6 serving) package cook-and-serve (not instant) chocolate pudding mix1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder2 cups miniature marshmallows and/or miniature chocolate chips (optional, but yummy)Boiling water or milk, for servingCombine all ingredients in a bowl and stir well. For a better blend, mix the dry ingredients in a blender or food processor before adding the marshmallows. Store the mix in an air-tight container. Makes about 12 1/2 cups mix, for 50 servings.To serve, place 1/4 cup mix (or more) in mug or cup. Add 3/4 cup boiling water or hot milk and stir well.Tammy also gives several variations to the hot cocoa: Mint, Mexican, Rich Mocha, and Sugar-Free.