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Deliciously Organic: Happy New Year

Deliciously Organic

A blog devoted entirely to simple, wholesome, organic cooking.

Monday, December 28, 2009

Happy New Year

I hope you're having a wonderful holiday season! This year was the best Christmas I’ve ever experienced and I couldn't wait to tell you about all of the wonderful foods we enjoyed. My entire family gathered together for the first time in several years and my brother proposed to his girlfriend (something we’ve all been waiting for!).  After the surprise proposal, both families joined together for a celebration overflowing with food and wonderful conversation. The menu included tenderloin sliders with basil aioli, cowboy nachos with homemade pico de gallo, greek salad, vegetables with "Kiss Kiss" dip, salmon spread, Sicilian olives, Pomodori al Forno, and cupcakes decorated by my Mom’s specialty dessert designer.

My brother's friend, Philip attended the celebration (he took the picture above of my brother and his fiance).  He's an amazing photographer and after chatting a while I shamelessly got out my camera and asked him for tips.  He was very generous and gave me a little lesson on white balance, which for some reason, I’ve had the hardest time with.  Thanks Phillip.

On Christmas Eve, the clouds built all throughout the morning and the temperatures continued to drop. Early in the afternoon it began to snow, a huge deal if you live in Dallas. The snow continued all day and the festive mood only increased as we wrapped mounds of gifts and cooked up delicious foods to share. I’ve never experienced a white Christmas, so this was incredibly exciting! Then Christmas morning, we started our day with warm mugs filled with thick hot chocolate, a bit of coffee, and whipped cream while the kids hurried into their coats and mittens to play in the snow (yes, they were more excited about the snow on the ground than the gifts under the tree!). Christmas dinner table was filled with all sorts of delicious treats.  I’ve indulged more in the last few days than I have over the last year (sigh).

One of the favorites of the week was Pomodori al Forno. Slow roasted tomatoes, drizzled in olive oil, and served with goat cheese and a slice of bread. We found this recipe in Bon Appetit magazine last year and it quickly became a family favorite.

Since the recipe isn't my own I can't post it, but here's the link.  I omit the sugar completely, but if you want a touch of sweetness, you can substitute with honey. 

I look forward to sharing many new things with you in 2010 and will be starting off with several give-aways (I know, I'm excited too!).  Have a wonderful finish to your year and I'll see you again soon from California.


Blogger Barbara Bakes said...

Congratulations to your brother! Your menu sounds delicious! I want to eat with your family. Can you share the tenderloin slider recipe?

December 28, 2009 at 7:25 PM  
Blogger Gail said...

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you, too! Your recipes look delicious...:)


December 29, 2009 at 3:38 PM  
Anonymous Heather said...

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you! What a wonderful celebration...the engagement...the food...and most of all the family! The pictures were great! Loved the cupcakes! Have a great 2010!

December 29, 2009 at 8:33 PM  
Blogger Helene said...

Happy New Year to you and your family!
2010 is going to be amazing :)

FYI: you can post someone else's recipes as long as you quote "from" or "inspired from" or "adapted from", etc...

December 31, 2009 at 7:44 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thought you should start the New Year with a Blog Award. Go here to
grab your honor--

Thank you for all that you do in the name of luscious, healthy eating! Happy New Year!
Much love!

January 1, 2010 at 8:20 AM  
Blogger {Cassandra} said...

That food looks delicious. Hope you have a wonderful NEW year.

Just stopping by from SITS to say hi!

January 2, 2010 at 5:50 AM  
Blogger BLOGitse said...

what a delicious posting!
beautiful pics!
Happy New SITSyear
have a great SITS Saturday Sharefest.
Greetings from Cairo! :)

January 2, 2010 at 6:33 AM  
Anonymous Mikki Black said...

Happy SITS Saturday! I was never a big organic person, but now that I have to eat gluten free, I've been trying it more and more. Organic definitely has potential in my life!

January 9, 2010 at 8:31 AM  

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