Sweet Pea Chef

A foodie mommy shares tips, tricks and stories from her kitchen as she seeks out more healthful and interesting meals.



beck's picture beck

Oh! Timely!
My festive meals are horribly complicated, thanks to
1) One of the guests having a serious nut allergy
2) The Baby having Celiac Disease
3) My father-in-law being the pickiest human being ever born.
Wish me luck!

mouse's picture mouse

I have not seen that brownie mix at TJ's before, but I haven't been looking either--now I will!

Since my in-laws always host, we haven't established any of our own holiday foods, but that's changing this year. I'll be trying out some cookie recipes (one already gluten-free, one I'm adapting) for the neighbors today and tomorrow, as well as a flourless lemon poppyseed cake from Chocolate and Zucchini. I'm also going to make a cheesecake with gingersnap crust for our big family dinner.

Aliki McElreath's picture Aliki McElreath

Good luck beck! I'm glad I don't have any grown-up relatives who are picky, although L. certainly more than makes up for this!

Look for the gluten-free mix, mouse--it's really fantastic. And the cheesecake sounds delicious, too!

Omaha Mama's picture Omaha Mama

I seem to be baking and baking and baking sweet this year. Cookies tonight. White Chocolate Cherry Chippers for tomorrow's cookie exchange at work. We make something called California Dip that I'll have to share the recipe on some time, it's delish. I like your list and am now craving cider!

Aliki McElreath's picture Aliki McElreath

We have been drinking cider non-stop almost around here--I seem to always have a pot on for us! I wish it packed more of a nutritional punch for L., though--maybe I can spike it with some protein powder :)

Aliki McElreath's picture Aliki McElreath

Okay, that pecan roll sounds amazing--vanilla wafers?!

I love Christmas, too--and the baking part is such a wonderful tradition to be able to share.

Aliki McElreath's picture Aliki McElreath

THANK YOU! I am definitely making this recipe--my husband loves a good pecan roll, and I'm sure I wouldn't mind trying it, either!