When December hits none of us are really thinking of seasonal foods and recipes but there really are some gems available right now that are not to be missed. Don’t overlook those pomegranates that are on sale right now or the bags of chestnuts. The gnarly celery roots can be put to great use in gratins or pot pies and persimmons, if you’ve never tried before, are fabulous in ginger bread! Those are just a few ideas to get you started.
Besides big plans for seasonal produce, my son and I have big plans to enjoy the Christmas season this month. As I turn in my book this week, I’ll be gearing up for a fun filled month with family. We’ll be watching Christmas movies and old black and whites, visiting the Grand America for their very grand Christmas displays, making homemade marshmallows to top our hot cocoa, baking cookies (maybe these or these), reading Christmas stories and advent verses, playing in the snow, and we’ll likely attend a production of the Madeleine Choir.
A glorious December awaits us all!
Sweet Potato Mushroom and Brussels Sprout Hash (pictured above)
Celery Root and Potato Au Gratin by Cafe Johnsonia
Roasted Chestnuts (pictured above)
Lemon Ricotta Pancakes (pictured above)
Shepherd’s Pie with Parsnip Topping by My Man’s Belly
Caramelized Pear and Parsnip Soup by Cafe Johnsonia
Root Vegetable Mash by Mountain Mama Cooks
Maple Roasted Carrot and Parsnip Fries by Flavor the Moments
Winter Superfood Bowls with Pomegranates (pictured above)
Homemade Potato Gnocchi with step by step photos
Spaghetti with Radicchio and Chèvre by Cafe Johnsonia
Radishes with Vegan Coconut Butter by Cafe Johnsonia
Rutabaga Puree by Cafe Johnsonia
Mashed Potatoes with Turnips and Sautéed Leeks by Floating Kitchen
Cider-Mustard Glazed Root Vegetables by Cafe Johnsonia
Slow Cooker Butternut Squash Risotto (pictured above)