Happy Holidays, Port and Fin friends! This time of year is meant for spending time with loved ones, and, at risk of sounding terribly sappy, you are all in that category. Being able to share our favourite recipes is so rewarding, and the comments and messages we receive from you honestly warm our hearts.
In the spirit of entertaining, we compiled a list of yummy treats that we can’t get enough of during the season. Enjoy them as little gifts to yourself, serve at your next get-together, or gift away to friends and family! Because really, is there a better gift than homemade food?
We’re taking a little break from our posting for the next two weeks so we can enjoy the season and prepare for an exciting 2016. We’ll be back to our regular posting schedule in the new year!
Thank you all for enjoying our little corner of the internet.
Chelsea & Finn
CHELSEA’S TOP 5 (Okay, top 7. I couldn’t narrow it down!):
Eggnog White Russian. Rum and eggnog is great, but why not switch it up a bit? This festive take on a classic cocktail will surely warm you up from the inside out. Tastes like dessert and goes down oh-so-smooth.
Grape & Bacon Chutney on Baked Brie. Christmas means get-togethers, which means appetizers, which
hopefully always means cheese. Nothing says delicious like a wheel of baked brie (and the sweet and savoury bacon grape topping helps, too).
Chewy Pumpkin Molasses Cookies. Would it really be a holiday list without cookies? These cake-like cookies are perfectly chewy and spiked with classic holiday flavours.
5-Minute Tiramisu Dip. One of my most popular recipes on the blog, and for good reason! This dip is a) EASY, b) DELICIOUS, and c) easy to prep ahead of time. Serve to guests at your holiday meal and they’re sure to be impressed!
Gingerbread Biscotti. Gingerbread in your morning coffee is totally a thing. Using candied ginger in these biscotti really amps up the flavour!
Chocolate Orange Biscotti. Another biscotti, but I just can’t help myself. THEY ARE PERFECT. It’s tradition in my house to get a Terry’s Chocolate Orange (the ones you whack!) in your stocking, so to me, chocolate and orange is a quintessential Christmas flavour combination.
Lemon Poppyseed Yogurt Loaf. This one may seem more like a summer recipe, but this loaf is so moist, so fluffy, and so delicious, it seems like a waste not to make it all throughout the year. It makes a wonderful holiday gift to give away to friends and family!
FINN’S TOP 5 (which is actually 5, because I can follow rules 😉 ):
London (Vancouver) Fog. Just because you’re not ‘drinking’ doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a festive beverage or two! These quick and easy tea lattes combine warm, steamed milk, Earl Grey tea and a kick of vanilla. (plus, they’re easily made dairy free and/or vegan, to easily please all your guests 🙂 )
Chocolate-Dipped Peanut Butter Miso Cookies. Fans of sweet-and-salty will fall head over heels for these soft, chewy treats. The salty, umami flavour of the miso does something magical to the peanut butter… most people won’t be able to quite but their finger on it- all they’ll know is that these are some curiously delicious cookies. (whether or not you share their secret is up to you!)
Cheese Crackers. They might not be the height of gastronomic chic, but they are quick, easy and flat out delicious. These crispy, chewy, neon orange balls of happiness are the #1 treat I look forward to every Christmas. Dead serious. Just talking about them is making my mouth water.
Sweet & Spicy Roasted Nuts. I don’t know about you, but I was always kind of bummed out with those miscellaneous nut collections that used to circulate around Christmastime. Nuts?! Why would I eat nuts when there are so many other, more delicious treat options? Suffice to say, I don’t say that anymore. These roasted nuts are a little sweet, a little savoury, a little spicy- and totally addictive. I’m a nut convert.
Cherry Hazelnut Crackers with Black Pepper & Thyme. If you love to wander around fancy food stores as much as I do, these probably look familiar to you. These delicious crispbreads appear on many a cheese plate and seem to pair perfectly with… everything. They’re the perfect cracker for any number of cheeses, spreads and dips. Aaaaand, they’re also kind of pricey. Solution? Try your hand at making your own! They’re easier than you think and fantastically customizable!