Sunday, December 19, 2010

Christmas and all things Dorie

I can't believe it's been a month since I last posted. I still have gorgonzola in the fridge waiting to be mixed with my pumpkin into something tasty.  Hopefully soon.  I have been busy preparing for Christmas.  Cabbage rolls are in the oven as I type.  Pierogies, lasagna and more cookies to come.  Besides our turkey feast on Christmas day I'll be making dinner for my aunts, uncles and cousins to be served at my mom's house on the 29th.  The previously mentioned cabbage rolls and pierogies will be served along with ham, schnitzel and Dorie's pommes dauphinois.  In the meantime I've been busy with these little goodies.  Sorry I did not get them posted during the past couple of weeks.

Let's start with leek and potato soup, topped with cheddar cheese.  This was my first successful homemade soup.  It was delicious, but does not photograph that well.

Next up were the Speculoos.  I took Dorie's suggestion and sandwiched some of these with Nutella.  Yummy!  I didn't have a small cookie cutter so these are rather large and my son really wanted the reindeer shaped ones.  Let me tell you, this dough was hard enough to work with let alone try to make fancy shapes, but they are the epitome of all things a Christmas cookie should be.

And as a little extra treat I made Dorie's World Peace cookies, which can be found in one of her other cookbooks, Baking - From my home to yours. 
Make these cookies!!! 
Mine were made with a mix of dark and milk chocolate.  For my next batch I plan on trying some orange chocolate.  There are many, many batches in my future. 

If you get a chance Dorie has a wonderful story about these cookies here
Merry Christmas, everyone.  Enjoy the holiday season, the wonderful food and most of all, spending time with those you love!


  1. Hiya - thanks for your lovely comments on my blog. Loving the look of the Nutella in your Speculoos too! In answer to your Q about the Cognac and wine in Dorie's Beef Daube I didn't find it too intense flavour wise. Rather than being overpowering it's more of the residual warmth from the sweetness of the cognac that you get and the added richness that you only get from adding wine. I guess you could always put a bit less if you were unsure. Hope this helps.

  2. Welcome back. Glad to hear the World Peace cookies were such a hit. I have seen them a few places and have that recipe ear-marked in my book. Oh, and Nutella makes everything better, doesn't it?

  3. Ummm, I think I'll make the soup again today...yours looks so yummy. You cookies look terrific too!

  4. Yum!!:))) Everything looks sooo good...I l-o-v-e Dorie's world peace cookies...they are so yummy!! The soup looks great! I wish I would have thought about the cheese on top!!
    I hope you can find the Peppermint kisses...did you check Walmart? That is where I got mine.

  5. I think your soup turned out great! And, I love your cookies, especially the speculoos! I made doggie-shaped ones for my baby nieces!

  6. I missed this post in the holiday frenzy somehow. Everything looks really good, especially now that I am feeling like being in the kitchen again. I must try the world peace cookies, and I like those plates. Are you making the mushroom soup for tomorrow? Ick.

  7. No soup for me! L likes mushroom soup but he's the only one. I could cut the recipe in half but I'm just not into it. Looking forward to the rest of the choices this month, especially the chocolate cake.