Holiday Recipe Wish List by Jessica Merrill

by Jessica Merrill on December 6, 2010

in All Recipes, Desserts, Entertaining, Holiday, Salads

Eat Boutique contributor Jessica Merrill is like a member of the family, literally. She just happened to marry my cousin and it was pretty much true love. With me, of course! While she was visiting for our annual Thanksgiving extravaganza last week — which included 12 people, three days, two shelves of homemade liquors and too many bottles of bubbly — we were getting excited for the holidays, thinking about all the recipes that we just had to cook. Oh, and soothing quite the hangover. Still, she managed to put together her top five list of recipes she’ll be wishing to make this month. Thanks, Jessica! – Maggie

Black Pepper Breadsticks — I usually buy packaged crackers to serve at my annual holiday party with a dip like horseradish cheddar or warm goat cheese and leek, but this year I plan to impress with these homemade breadsticks.

Israeli Couscous with Squash, Dried Cherries and Pistachios — This could be a great side for a holiday meal, but I think I’ll use this recipe for a comforting weeknight dinner by the Christmas tree.

Figgy Pudding Butter Cookies — I always make classic frosted Christmas cookies and molasses cookies (from a recipe Maggie passed my way) this time of year, but I like to experiment with at least one more. This is my pick. And yes, the brandy sugar glaze does have something to do with it.

Roasted Cauliflower with Cumin — Roasted cauliflower is just so darn good and so darn easy to make that it’s almost too good to be true. Add cumin, a dollop of yogurt and sprinkling of fresh mint, and how could this not be the perfect light lunch to offset all that seasonal cookie-eating and cocktail-drinking?

Chocolate Dipped Vanilla Caramels — My candy thermometer is waiting. I want to make these salted caramels — perhaps with some wintergreen patties or candied orange peel — to give away to family and friends.

Photo credits:

Jessica Merrill

Jessica lives in Brooklyn, N.Y. and writes about food, drinks, travel and lots more. She has written for The New York Times, Travel & Leisure, National Geographic Travel, Budget Travel, Wine & Spirits, Shape, Coastal Living and many others. She grew up in Vermont, and is very much that person who is willing to walk not just a city block, but a mile (or two) in search of authenticity. On top of that, she's lucky to have met Maggie through her husband. They're really tight cousins - so it turns out husbands are good for lots of things!


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  • Jen B

    Thanks for this list! I will be making the roasted cauliflower with cumin tonight!

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