LYL: December 24, 2010

Leave your holiday week links here.

Hope all your cookies for Santa are baked. Wishing you and yours very happy holidays!

xoxo– Laurie

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  1. Good Bite In December 22, 2010 at 12:21 PM #

    Final pre Christmas post for French Fridays and it’s Speculoos for me … even tried out some Speculoos Biscotti

    The biscuits were fabulous hot from the oven … and dunked in my afternoon coffee!

    All I need to do now is make sure I save some to go in my Christmas gift boxes … is it possible?

    Happy Christmas to everyone in the French Fridays group – looking forward to next year!


  2. StephIrey December 22, 2010 at 5:06 PM #

    Since I’ll be traveling, I’m leaving my link today. Merry Christmas everyone! It’s been fun cooking with you this year and I’m looking forward to lots more next year too.

    Here are my speculoos…I overcame my fear of rolled cookies…thanks to many of you!

  3. wanderlustforfood December 22, 2010 at 11:28 PM #

    Will be internet-less in a cabin for Christmas so here’s my link early. Went with the speculoos and loved them! Made them 3 times!

  4. gaaarp December 22, 2010 at 11:34 PM #

    Merry Christmas, everyone! Since I’ll be busy wrapping presents on Friday, here’s my link.

    I made the beef daube, and absolutely loved it!

  5. Renee December 23, 2010 at 1:11 AM #

    The delicious speculoos was a great addition to my holiday cookie plate.

  6. Cher December 23, 2010 at 8:18 AM #

    Happy Holidays to everyone – a little early. I am sure most of us will be having similar crazy prep days tomorrow!

  7. SoupAddict Karen December 23, 2010 at 9:18 AM #

    Must leave the link early, as Christmas Eve will be super crazy.

    Beef daube: good stuff!

    Happy Holidays, Everyone!

  8. yummychunklet December 23, 2010 at 10:02 AM #

    Early post to finish everything before family gets in!

  9. ComeUndone December 23, 2010 at 1:12 PM #

    Like many of you, I saved the speculoos for this week and gave them a very festive Christmas wreath treatment. Absolutely adorable!

  10. Elaine Corwin December 23, 2010 at 4:12 PM #

    Mine’s early, too! Happy Holidays everyone!!.html

  11. lizzy December 23, 2010 at 9:18 PM #

    Spiced Butter-Glazed carrots for this busy holiday week…quite tasty!

  12. josefa December 23, 2010 at 10:22 PM #

    December was a CRAZY month for me. I am playing catch-up and made three recipes this week. I don’t know how I pulled this off the week of Christmas? I loved all three recipes.

  13. Judy22 December 24, 2010 at 12:19 AM #

    Was able to squeeze in the carrots this week. Cookies next week. Holiday wishes to all!

  14. franklyentertaining December 24, 2010 at 3:17 AM #

    Spiced Butter-Glazed Carrots for a midnight snack tonight!

    Merry Christmas!

  15. onewetfoot December 24, 2010 at 4:10 AM #

    Leek and Potato Soup this week. Have a lovely holiday, everyone.

  16. RedsKitchenDiaries December 24, 2010 at 5:16 AM #

    sweet jeebus, the sweet and spicy cocktail nuts are addictive …

    seriously, I’ve had to put them out of reach so that I can get on with my Christmas Eve cooking …

    Merry Christmas, everyone!!! I hope you all have a wonderful day tomorrow –

  17. popsiclesandsandyfeet December 24, 2010 at 6:51 AM #

    I made Beef Daube….full tummy, big mess, dinner for two nights…delightful.

  18. candygirl December 24, 2010 at 7:06 AM #

    Merry Christmas!

    This week I made the delightful potato and leek soup. Yummy!

  19. Anne-Marie December 24, 2010 at 8:08 AM #

    Speculoos for this gal, with mixed results.
    Merry Happy Blessed Joy this holiday to all my fellow French Friday-ers!

  20. mardi@eatlivetravelwrite December 24, 2010 at 8:53 AM #

    Carrots! Loved these so much!

  21. Candy December 24, 2010 at 11:17 AM #

    beef daube

    Merry Christmas!

  22. tricia December 24, 2010 at 11:23 AM #

    We ended up with Soup on the 23rd of December and I am delighted the schedule turned out that way. We needed a fairly easy and not to time consuming recipe this week….not to mention a decent main course since the whole family has been running around like crazy….and this hit the spot. Happy holidays from Tricia and Nana. We look forward to a year of wonderful Fridays with new recipes !

  23. Aubepine December 24, 2010 at 11:24 AM #

    I made the soup. It was quite tasty, though thin. Did anyone try using more potato (a friend suggested that this might have helped to make the soup thicker)?

    I’m going to have to figure out how to take food photos. I love looking at everyone else’s! And I really appreciate all of the hints for substitutions and variations that I’m getting from others’ Friday postings. Thanks, everybody!

    • Glennis-CBWA December 24, 2010 at 6:29 PM #

      More (or a larger) potato would thicken your soup some. So would 100% potato flakes (as in instant mashed potato flakes)… Another way to thicken and bind the solids and liquids together would be to introduce a cooked roux to the soup…like making a white sauce… Cook 1 Tbsp. butter with 1 Tbsp. flour over med. low heat until it looks sandy, but not so that it colors. Stir a cup of the soup into the cooked roux, then stir the soup and roux mixture into the soup. That will also help keep the water and potato solids from separating.

    • Katya December 27, 2010 at 10:54 PM #

      I definitely added more potato, which improved it. I think it might just be a misunderstanding on potato sizes, which can’t really be standardized. Oh, for weight measures.

      I forgot to take pictures of mine until it was all eaten, if it’s any comfort, Aubepine.

      • Aubepine December 29, 2010 at 9:20 PM #

        Thanks, all! I’ll try it with more potatoes next time… maybe even take out some of the potato chunks before blending, then add them back in! I did find that garlic croutons were super yummy (and I’m not usually a “cracker on your soup” kind of gal!)

  24. Kristin December 24, 2010 at 12:06 PM #

    I am catching up this month. I made the My Go-To Beef Daube a couple of weeks ago.

    Happy Holidays cooking friends!

  25. SisBoom December 24, 2010 at 12:27 PM #

    Speculoos in time for Christmas! Not one but two Bon Idees:

    And yes, first time out I forgot the egg!

    • Lana December 28, 2010 at 6:19 AM #

      I am very intrigued by your brother visiting Zagreb. I am Serbian, and I am fascinated by the stories of foreigners visiting “the neighborhood”, even though i have been living in the U.S. For over twenty years and consider myself pretty domesticated.

  26. Jessica of My Baking Heart December 24, 2010 at 2:03 PM #

    My absolute favorite so far!

    Merry Christmas everyone! :)

  27. Glennis-CBWA December 24, 2010 at 6:18 PM #

    Doubling up this week…playing major catch-up! I made the Beef Daube and Spiced Nuts this week.

  28. gingerbreadbagels December 24, 2010 at 8:14 PM #

    I made the Beef Daube. I rarely eat beef and I want to take my Dutch Oven in the corner and eat the whole thing. Amazing!!! :)

  29. Lindsey December 24, 2010 at 10:35 PM #
    Pretty darn good beef stew! Still catching up!

  30. Lindsey December 24, 2010 at 10:38 PM #
    Speculoos! Consensus is that this is an official addition to the Christmas cookie line up!

  31. Lana December 25, 2010 at 8:36 PM #

    Late, I know, but the daube was so worth it. Even my ex-husband, the chef, approved:)

  32. napangel December 26, 2010 at 8:12 PM #

    I can’t believe I’m late again! Although it is December, so I kind of have an excuse!

    Leek and potato soup:

  33. AnneStrawberry December 26, 2010 at 10:31 PM #

    I’m late but we loved the cocktail nuts, definitely will make again!

  34. knittybaker December 28, 2010 at 11:55 AM #

    Spiced Butter-Glazed Carrots for moi. Better late than never.

  35. Lexi December 28, 2010 at 12:44 PM #

    Silly me, I remembered to post something but not to add the link here!

  36. Tabitha December 30, 2010 at 1:56 PM #

    Now I think I’m posting in between weeks… Oh, well. I made Beef Daube on Christmas Eve. No, not BEET Daube :)

  37. Glennis-CBWA December 30, 2010 at 4:04 PM #

    Okay, so I’m a week behind everyone else, but it’s still December, and I’ve made everything but the cookies. I don’t think cookies are going to happen. Here are some very lovely carrots however! Happy New Year!

  38. saffronandhoney December 30, 2010 at 10:24 PM #

    Happy New Year, everyone! I fell hopelessly behind in December amidst other holiday cooking but can’t wait to make the speculoos. In the meantime, pumpkin flans and Dorie’s ‘secret’ French chocolate mousse made an appearance at our Christmas dinner:


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