It’s December, where on Earth did the time go? I am nowhere near ready for Christmas and I don’t really care. What gets done is great, if it doesn’t we will survive. Every year it seems things get busier so this year amid the chaos we are going to enjoy the time we have.
With another month comes another In My Kitchen post. This is a wonderful monthly roundup hosted by Liz over at her Good Thing’s blog. Jump on over there and see what everyone is up to.
November was a whirlwind of a month as always, especially with Ewan’s birthday being two days before Thanksgiving. The birthday boy was over the moon excited to have cioppino for his birthday dinner. How many eight year olds do that?! I made it with mussels, scallops, shrimp and cod. He also had cupcakes for dessert. Of the three boys, Ewan is the one that enjoys food the most, as well as eats the most.
Two days later it was Thanksgiving. We went to my parent’s house for the long weekend so technically this is their kitchen! Ewan helped make biscuits for breakfast. Like I said, he is the foodie! He was an awesome helper and so enthusiastic. The biscuits were served with country ham, scrambled eggs and of course mimosas/sparkling juice. No dinner pictures, we were too busy eating and enjoying ourselves!
Also this month I have a new cookbook. I won Dorie Greenspan’s Dorie’s Cookies from Deb at Rainy Day Bites on Instagram. The day the book arrived in the mail I took it to swim practice that night and drooled, a lot! The recipes and photos all look fantastic and I look forward to lots of cookie baking this month.
Early in the month I made this Russischer Zupfkuchen from Classic German Baking. First I made the quark which was pretty easy and I’ll definitely be doing again. I got “fancy” by shaping the chocolate pieces on top with a cookie cutter. The boys were drooling over this one while it cooled. They love a good afternoon tea and this was a hit.
I found this pumpkin seed oil at Target and am excited to use it. While we were in Austria over the summer I had a few dishes made using it and wanted to get some while we were there. Unfortunately the timing never worked out, even though we were in the region where it is made. I even spent a year in that region, Styria, as a junior in college! Perhaps it’s time to test my strudel skills with a savory strudel.
I also got a new banneton proofing basket. I have an oblong one and now I finally have a round one. We’ve been enjoying the sourdough using this basket.
Finally we have more kitchen updates. Josh installed the other set of pantry doors. We all love the pantry. I’m still tweaking the organizing aspect. The kitchen table in the foreground also got a new update, the top is now barn red. Now I need to sand the chair seats and backs and paint them. The new color also called for new napkins and napkin rings, or maybe I just wanted them!
What’s happening in your kitchen? Have you started your holiday baking yet? I hope to get to that soon, really soon! The boys do too, Christmas cookies here we come. Pop on by Good Things and see the links to kitchens across the globe.