GIVING TUESDAY: 2016 SOUTHERN LIVING CHRISTMAS COOKBOOK
For the past nine years, Southern Living has released a double sided Christmas/Celebration Cookbook! Not only is this book full of over 200 wonderful holiday recipes, but all of the proceeds benefit Ronald McDonald House Charities. If you're not familiar with RMHC, this non-profit organization provides services to children who are in need of medical care and their families. We have our own RMHC here in Richmond and I had no idea it was right around the block from me. It is situated on one of the best streets in town. It is also very central to many of the hospitals in the Richmond area. The house can host up to 7 families and has many common areas to share.; a grand kitchen to cook great meals, a cozy basement to play games, do homework and a spacious porch for a lil relaxation.
I was soooooo excited to see this recipe for Judy's Bloody Mary Mix. This would certainly go perfect with Stoli Jalapeño. I'd also add some Chipotle Tabasco and definitely garnish with olives!
I was invited to a Friendsgiving Celebration and I wanted to make a recipe from the cookbook. At first, I wasn't sure if there would be anything healthyish because I always equate Southern Living with buttery decadence. I was totes wrong. There is such a wide range of items. From champagne spritzers to scones to straight up casserole, you WILL be able to find something that will appeal to many different audiences.
I decided to make the Harvest Salad with Roasted Citrus Vinaigrette. Mixed greens with red onion, apple, gorgonzola, and glazed pecans. The recipe called for roasted oranges & lemons, mixed with sherry vinegar, mustard seed, olive oil, and honey. However, I used 2 oranges, 1 lemon, and 1 lime. I also used apple cider vinegar because that's my favorite!
It turns out that I didn't have sugar like I thought! I kinda panicked but remembered that I had ALOHA Coconut Water Powder, which can also be used as baking sweetener. The addition of acacia gum gave the pecans a weird, goopy texture but I added a splash of water and they glazed up nicely.
This was the first time that I used the broiler setting on my oven!!
Not the best photo of the finished product but I was in a rush because I got the time of the party wrong! We were kinda late to the celebration and I felt like a nerd bringing a salad after everyone had eaten entrees. However, I put it on the table to encourage salad for dessert? Or salad for seconds! I got really great feedback and I must say, this salad is so damn good. I love the crunch of the pecans with the funkiness of the cheese. The vinaigrette was tart which paired perfectly with the sweetness of the apples.
Get this cookbook for your library or gift one to a family member or friend! It will be available throughout the holidays. The recipes taste much more delicious when you know the proceeds are going to a great cause!