Thursday, December 31, 2009

Christmas Eve 2009

Wow, after over a week pretty much unplugged, I figured I'd better get up a quick post about Christmas before I turn into a pumpkin... or it becomes 2010, whichever comes first ;)


We had Christmas Eve at our place, with one set of grandparents. We had a fabulous meal that began with the traditional Barszcz made by Grandma. That was followed by shrimp, salmon, pierogies (recipe here), and roasted veggies.

roasted veggies, salmon, and pierogis

The roasted veggies included carrots, parsnips, delicata squash and acorn squash, roasted at 450 with cinnamon and curry powder. For the fish of the night, I slightly adapted a recipe from Angela. Once I got out all of the bones, it was easy to put together, cooked in no time, and was enjoyed by everyone--included my mom who doesn't like salmon!

Baked Dijon Pecan Salmon


Baked Dijon Pecan Salmon
adapted slightly from Oh She Glows, who adapted it from allrecipes



1.25-1.5lb wild sockeye salmon fillet (Mine had the skin on, I just lifted the salmon off when serving)
1T butter
1/4c dijon mustard
~1T oil to thin
1-2T honey, optional (I can't actually remembered if I used this)
1/4c panko bread crumbs
1/4c chopped pecans
1/4c chopped fresh parsley
1 lemon, for garnish

Preheat oven to 400deg.

In small bowl, melt butter. Add dijon mustard and mix. Add enough oil/honey until the mixture has thinned enough to be spreadable.

In another small bowl, mix together bread crumbs, pecans and parsley.

Place salmon (skin side down) in a large baking dish. Top with dijon and spread to cover the fillet. Top with crumb mixture and press lightly into dijon.

Bake 12-15min, or until flakes easily with a fork. Serve with lemon wedges.



Apple Pie w/Thyme Crust & Gruyere Crumble

For dessert, I made another apple pie, since my parents didn't get to try it the first time I made it :) It was still delicious and from the moans that came from the other side of the table, I'm guessing everyone liked it!


I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday season!! And don't be afraid to give into temptation and have a snowball fight...


I couldn't resist making more of Katie's Chocolate Macaroon Babies and also tried some of Averie's Gingerbread Balls and Sugar Cookie Balls. A good way to ease your way off of the holiday treats (or was that just me??), getting in some more wholesome sweets! Or you could get wild with Katie ;)

See you next year!

25 comments:

ChocolateCoveredVegan said...

Aww, Happy New Year Miss Shannon!! :)
You're such a sweetie!

Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) said...

Hi Shannon, thanks for the mentions on the Raw Balls! So did you like them?? Did your family like them? I mean, they ain't oreos or the Cheesecake Factory. But once you realize they are raw, vegan, and healthy, I think they totally rock :) and in actuality, I prefer them to Oreos :) I was in Aruba and coulda had all the garbage treats I wanted but only wanted Raw Balls (twss!) but no food proc. But am home now and look out!!

happy 2010!!!!
thx again for the gum offer..TOO SWEET!

Adam said...

Happy New Year Shannon! I'm happy you had all of the traditional Polish foods for Christmas Eve, it looks awesome.

How 'bout next year I come on over there, or you come here for a Southern Christmas? :)

Hannah said...

Mm, those sweets sound so good!

Hope you have a very happy New Year! :)

ktbwood said...

WOW that salmon sounds SO great girl!

Ricki said...

You made it just under the wire. . .looks like Christmas Eve was a delicious time. Happy New Year! :)

Megan said...

Everything looks fabulous! Happy New Year!

Kelly said...

Hey Shannon...happy New Year! This faithful reader missed you!! :)

pigpigscorner said...

LOL...the thing behind the tree...Happy new year!

Joanne said...

Happy New Year Shannon! It's been so much fun getting to know you this past year. We definitely need to meet up when I'm in Boston for the marathon!!

Your Christmas food looks awesome! I am definitely bookmarking that salmon recipe. And the apple pie, of course, looks fabulous.

Emily said...

Looks like you had a great Christmas with some delish eats!
Happy 2010!

chrystad72 said...

Oh yum!!! LOVE the raw balls. They look awesome!!! All your eats looks great too. The roasted veggies and pierogies sound absolutely fabulous and that Salmon dish looks amazing. I really love a good salmon fillet. I hope you had a wonderful holiday!

Sagan said...

Mmm raw balls do look super. And the salmon! And the pie! Yumyumyum.

moretolifethanlettuce said...

katie's babies are sooo good! everything looks delicious :)

Kerstin said...

What a fantastic meal! Happy New Year!!

Jess said...

Looks great! I didn't do much cooking over the holiday--just the cookie baking beforehand. Everything was made for me...

Elina said...

No it wasn't just you ;)
Happy New Year!! I'm excited and a little scared for the cookie swap. I can't control myself around cookies :)

Cinnamon-Girl Reeni♥ said...

All of your eats look so delicious! I have been dying to try some raw treats! Happy New Year!

Esi said...

Happy new year!! Hope your holiday season was fantastic. So glad I got to meet you last year and hopefully I can see you again in 2010 :)

Maria said...

Happy New Year. Great eats like always!

MichellePC said...

Your entire holiday spread sounds delicious! That apple pie especially sounds amazing. Happy New Year!

Elra said...

Happy New Year to you and your family Shannon. May this year bring lots of happiness.
Cheers,
elra

MacDuff said...

Your salmon looks awesome! Can you email me with more info about the cookie swap? I'm in. I'll be on a ridiculous cleanse all week long, so I'll be ready for some sugar.

Nicole Chow - HealthyChow.com said...

What a lovely Christmas Eve dinner! That salmon looked so delicious and festive. You did an amazing job! And that apple pie didn't look too shabby, either. I love how there was Gruyere cheese in it - that sweet/salty combo always gets me!

Chef Fresco said...

How fun! The salmon looks delicious! Happy New Year!

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