Daisy's Holiday Cooking
Delicious Latin Recipes for Effortless Entertaining
Celebrating with friends and family is one of the greatest joys, but entertaining can be downright terrifying. With this new recipe collection, Daisy Martinez gives you everything you need to make your life easy and your celebrations unforgettable.
Daisy offers up timeless and mouthwatering recipes like Ruby Grapefruit Ceviche, Spaghetti with Chipotle-Pork Meatballs, Creamy Chicken-Lime Soup, and Flourless Chocolate-Chile Cake that will prepare you for everything from a cozy festive fall dinner to an elegant New Year’s Eve celebration. Brilliant color, bold flavors, and an innovative mix of traditional and modern cuisines are the hallmarks of Daisy’s cooking. Can’t-fail dishes—like Coconut and Winter Squash Soup—that Daisy learned to cook alongside her mother and grandmother in Puerto Rico mingle with recipes she’s used to entertain her family and friends through the years.
With the preparation schedules and time-saving tips included in each menu, Daisy makes it easy to relax and enjoy creating memories with those you love.
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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... see more
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... see more
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... see more