Seriously Simple Holidays: Recipes and Ideas to Celebrate the Season by Diane Rossen Worthington

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  • Chocolate-chip pecan crumb coffee cake

    • Christine on May 27, 2014

      I needed to use up some buttermilk and wanted to try something other than just a basic crumb cake, so this recipe was the winner. Since the base is really a spice cake, the chocolate and pecans in the topping complemented the cake really well. The cake was perfectly moist thanks to the buttermilk and the crumbs almost started melting into the cake which tastes a lot better than it sounds. This is a very sturdy cake and very heavy, especially since I used a Pyrex baking dish. In fact, the cake was so sturdy, I was able to put the lid on the Pyrex and pack it into a suitcase to travel for Memorial Day weekend! I know that sounds a bit crazy, but it arrived in perfect condition. Definitely a dessert that travels well.

    • Devons on November 30, 2020

      This was very good. We made it to shares big pieces with the neighbors. Two notes a) mix it in a BIG bowl and b) do not over bake -- it turned a bit dry in a heartbeat.

  • Baked pasta with tomato, red pepper, and sweet Italian sausage sauce

    • Christine on September 01, 2014

      A very tasty recipe both my husband and I enjoyed. I picked it mainly because it used up a lot of the veggies in my CSA box for the week, but did make a few changes to accommodate what I had on hand. Skipped the mushrooms, used half the amount of sausage, roasted my own yellow peppers, made my own sauce (Farm Stand Marinara from Food to Live by Myra Goodman) and made two substitutions: Fontina cheese for Asiago, and half and half for heavy cream. I also used a bit of red wine to deglaze the pan after browning the sausage -- this is certainly not necessary, but since the sauce I made had some wine in it already, I thought it couldn't hurt and it would finish off the bottle. Doing this also added a bit extra liquid since I was a little short on marinara. I'm sure this recipe would have been great at written, but it is also very forgiving if you need to make some adjustments.

    • Devons on November 30, 2020

      Delicious; recipe is adaptable to what is on hand. Used about 3-1/4C marinara not 4 because mixture seemed to have too much liquid. Used Raos marinara. 1/2 not 1 C cream. Also added a few handfuls of fresh baby spinach before putting mixture in baking pan. Always like to sneak in a little green when no one is looking!

  • Mixed greens with persimmons, prosciutto, and shaved Parmesan

    • sturlington on December 01, 2014

      I was not crazy about the persimmons in this salad.

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  • ISBN 10 0811854809
  • ISBN 13 9780811854801
  • Published Sep 12 2007
  • Format Paperback
  • Page Count 224
  • Language English
  • Countries United States
  • Publisher Chronicle Books
  • Imprint Chronicle Books

Publishers Text

When the joys of the season are upon us, wouldn't it be great to enjoy them for once? Best-selling author Diane Rossen Worthington offers all the secrets for entertaining with no stress, just lots of style. Essential equipment, suggestions for setting up an in-home bar, great homemade gift ideas, knowledgeable wine and cheese pairing notes from wine expert Peter Marks, and plenty of simple and simply delicious menus cover any occasion from Rosh Hashanah to Thanksgiving to New Year's. From drinks and appetizers to entrées and desserts, each festive recipe is designed to reduce prep time and streamline cooking techniques, so hosts can spend more time at the party and less in the kitchen.

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