Category Archives: Winter

Beef Tenderloin Roast with Pecan-Celery Leaf Pistou

Beef Tenderloin

When we started talking about Holiday Entertaining menus, Olaiya suggested making Beef Tenderloin as the main course.  I was skeptical because in the past I was usually unhappy with how the meat turned out.  Why did I doubt her?  I am in the kitchen with a pro – the technique she used to dry-brine and […]

Spinach, Walnut and Gruyère Bread Pudding

Spinach Bread Pudding

When you start planning your holiday meals, you will want to add this savory pudding as one of the side dishes.  It has everything that you want in a bread pudding:  cheese, greens, nuts, spice, flavor and it is beautiful on your buffet.  After our day of recipe testing, there was lots of this pudding […]

Celery Root Gratin with Apples and Blue Cheese

Celery Root Gratin

A holiday meal is a time to bring on your best with lots of flavor and worry about the calories later.  That’s where the blue cheese comes in; it is heavenly in this gratin.   This dish makes a wonderful rich side at the holiday table, but it is also a vegetarian dish that can be […]

Winter Squash Stuffed with Quinoa, Mushrooms and Cranberries

Winter Squash

Baked squash is a must on every holiday buffet.  This recipe took a bit of fussing with; our first attempt the grain was too large.  When we combined all of the ingredients with the quinoa everything came together beautifully.  The earthiness of the grain and mushrooms with the sweetness of the cranberries was what we […]

Small Dried Fruits in Tieton Wind

Cider food pairings tieton wind

I keep a compote of dried fruits in the refrigerator most of the winter – the combination of fruit can be anything that you prefer, but the apricots melt slightly and the blueberries remain slightly crunchy so I always use those two. It makes an elegant dessert out of ice cream, pound or cheese cake, […]