Well, y’all, it’s here. The Week of Eating. Which for me is generally followed by The Month of Eating (Christmas Cookies and Hot Cocoa), concluded by The Big Christmas Feast and then repeated once more by The Big New Year’s Feast and then finally, finally, I am worn out. Mostly.
So we should do this thing right and kick things off with a hearty breakfast/brunch of bacon quiche crescent cups, amiright?
In case you have forgotten, Thanksgiving is exactly ONE WEEK AWAY. No, I do not know how this happened. Yes, I am freaking out a little bit that I have seven days to prepare for the holiday (though I’ll be honest, the “preparation” this year basically consists of me and my big bad preggo self showing up at my parents’ Thanksgiving table, maybe helping out with making a couple of appetizers and sides, but more so making plans to faceplant into the mashed potatoes and pumpkin pie). How are you doing?
If you’re in charge of the bird this year, may I highly suggest this bacon wrapped maple bourbon turkey breast? It’s the perfect main dish to serve for a smaller crowd that’s really into trying new things on Turkey Day while also keeping with tradition. I know this because I served this to my own family last week (as a pre-Thanksgiving dry run, if you will) and I swear there was applause — maybe it was just me. For myself. Hard to say.
It’s Monday, I’m home from a fun-filled weekend up north celebrating the husband’s 30th birthday that consisted of birthday cake and pie and tacos and wavy chips with French onion dip (KRYPTONITE) and yet I still have all the cravings and room in my belly for this caramel apple cinnamon roll breakfast bread pudding situation. It’s too good to pass it by for the sake of the diet.
One bite and you’d understand. So let’s grab our refilled mugs of coffee and hang out and dunk our forks/faces into this deliciousness.
In a world that makes very little sense right now, we can all count on one thing: Doughnuts are delicious. Especially when they are Maple Vanilla Cream Stuffed Chai Doughnuts. A-men.
These yeasted doughnuts are fluffy and soft and chai-spiced and rolled in cinnamon sugar and then filled with a simple homemade maple vanilla bean pastry cream that you’ll want to spoon straight into your mouth (thank goodness you’ll have extra so you can do so). All you have to do is get up off the couch, get into the kitchen, bake and believe in the healing powers of sweet dough and spice. I know I do.
You guys — are we cool to talk about Thanksgiving yet? I mean, it is literally the biggest social eating occasion of the year, and I know we all love to hang out and eat. It’s our thing. Ergo, Thanksgiving is totally our thing, so it’s totally OK to talk about it already (it’s November and there are Christmas trees in all the stores already, for Pete’s sake! Give me two weeks and Mariah Carey Christmas will be playing on my Pandora radio).
That’s my line of reasoning anyway to talk to you about these bomb French Onion Tartlets that I need you to add immediately to that Thanksgiving menu I know you’ve already totally planned (ahem). Bonus points if you decide to make them ahead of time, you know, for the research.
I have few distinct memories of those earliest days as a mother — even just two years later, they’ve all blended together into a smoky haze of early-early mornings, nursing and Scandal marathons at 2 a.m., sweet snuggles with a sleepy babe who fit perfectly into the crux of my arm and a veritable parade of generous friends and family wielding casseroles and salads and homemade bread in exchange for their own snuggles with baby (memories that I know will suddenly become reality again for us in several months, gulp).
One thing we never got much of was soup, and I suppose that’s because we were heading into summertime and all that was on everyone’s minds was grilled meat and fresh vegetables and wedges of juicy watermelon (of which I ate PLENTY in those earliest days). But I know that if I was having a newborn in the fall, in these comfy-cozy months, I would want soup — with grilled cheese, of course.