TABLE OF CONTENTS
Chapter 1 Cozy Festive Fall Dinner
Chapter 2 Thanksgiving Buffet
Chapter 3 Thanksgiving Weekend Brunch
Chapter 4 Cocktail Party for a Festive Season
Chapter 5 Open House Decorating Party
Chapter 6 Christmas Eve Dinner for Your Six Best Friends
Chapter 7 ’Tis the Season Festive Buffet
Chapter 8 After-the-Gift-Giving Breakfast
Chapter 9 Elegant New Year’s Eve Dinner
Chapter 10 New Year’s Day “Linner”
Appendix Rosca de Reyes
© 2010 Daisy Martinez
For many people, the term “holiday entertaining” induces fear, if not downright terror. Everyone has heard a story or two of the beautifully browned turkey that is still frozen-raw on the inside, vegetables that are cooked until tasteless, or even, heaven forbid, lumpy gravy that tastes like schoolroom paste. Well, in the words of a familiar cartoon character, “Here I come to save the day!”
The recipes in this book are arranged by menus, each with a theme. This is not to say that a recipe (or even a menu) that is given for an autumnal holiday celebration wouldn’t feel right at home...
Coconut and Winter Squash Soup with Toasted Almonds MAKES 12 BUFFET SERVINGS (ABOUT 8 CUPS)
This soup draws inspiration from pumpkin pie, with its creamy texture and familiar autumn spices, but it’s given a tropical punch with coconut milk.
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
3 large shallots, finely diced (about ¼ cup)
8 cups diced (½-inch) peeled and seeded calabaza, sugar pumpkin, or butternut squash (about 4 pounds whole)
2 cups homemade or store-bought chicken broth
1/2 vanilla bean
1 cinnamon stick
Kosher or fine sea salt and freshly ground pepper...
“Cherry Cordial” Bread Pudding MAKES 12 GENEROUS SERVINGS
Bread puddings were always reserved for celebrations—not just in Puerto Rico, but all around the Caribbean. That was certainly the case when I was growing up and watching Abuela
in the kitchen. (For extra-special occasions, we’d add a whole can of fruit cocktail to the mix!) This very simple recipe features a chocolate custard teamed up with two of chocolate’s longtime friends: cinnamon and cherries. It has all the appeal of one of those “cherry cordial” candies (a sweet cherry in a liqueur-flavored syrup encased...