This time of year generally brings an end to empty nest syndrome for a lot of us. Those who have flown the nest and headed to college or have married and settled in new locales converge upon “home” for the holidays.
And who doesn’t love having the kids back home? Gathering everyone together for Chanukah, Christmas, or the New Year and cooking their favorite foods is what every empty nester loves most. Well, I certainly do, and I look forward to welcoming my daughter and son-in-law and baby grandson in from out of town, immensely. It’s the time I can dust off my food processor and rolling pin, get out the good china and glassware, set the dining room table and show off my best recipes. Some of my own, some that have been passed down from generation to generation in my family, and the new ones have been gathered over the years since I’ve been here at Mr. Food.
So in the weeks ahead if your nest fills up and you’re looking for some great new recipes to share with your grown-up kids who are home and hungry; be it for the holidays or the in-between days – here are a few of my go-to dishes direct from the Mr. Food Test Kitchen. One that was always a childhood favorite are Old-Fashioned Potato Pancakes, which not only fit Chanukah, but they make great appetizers for ringing in the New Year. For a main dish that is easy yet elegant – I love our Roast Prime Rib of Beef and yes, if you go to MrFood.com, all the trimmings like Yorkshire Pudding can be found, too. You can really show off without a lot of work. And our whimsical and yummy Reindeer Cookies are always a huge hit at Christmas – especially if you’re pressed for time…they are truly quick and easy.
And now, just imagine how good it will feel to have a full house again – even just for a little while, along with all those delicious aromas that will stay in your memory long after the birds fly the coop again.
Do you have any favorite holiday recipes or traditions you’d like to share?
Wishing all of you a very Happy Holiday Season!