Friday, November 19, 2010

Q&A :: What is your favorite holiday dish?

Emily :: 2 months

And don't say turkey! :-)
We all know that the sides are far better than the main dish on Thanksgiving Day. Ryan's favorite is roasted garlic mashed potatoes and Gracie's favorite is roasted brussel sprouts similar to Ina's recipe. She eats them like candy...well, better than candy.

MY favorite though is a recipe that I clipped out of a Williams-Sonoma catalog years ago, when they used to be big and fat and full of yummy things to cook. It reminds me of the first time Ryan and I were in New York for the holidays. There was a man roasting chestnuts on a street cart and selling them in small paper bags and I had never had a real chestnut "roasted on an open fire." There wasn't jack frost nipping at my nose but it was magical!

Wild Rice and Chestnut Dressing (so good that you will want to make it year round!)
1 lb. (2/3 loaf) ww bread toasted and 1/2" cubed
3/4 cp wild rice (cooked 45 min in 3 cups water)
15 oz chestnuts ~20 chestnuts
1 onion chopped
1 fennel bulb chopped
1 stick butter
1 tsp fennel seeds
1 tsp thyme
1 tsp marjoram
1 tsp rosemary
1 tsp sage
3 eggs
2 1/2 cup broth
cook all (sorry I didn't write down the temp) for 1 hour stirring a fews times to toast

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