A perfect way to start any special morning— baked french toast with a crumbly streusel topping and easy homemade cranberry maple syrup.

Baked French Toast with Streusel Topping & Cranberry Maple Syrup | completelydelicious.com

I like to pull out all the stops for the holidays, with regards to food. For weeks I dream / plan / stress about what we’re going to enjoy and how I’m going to pull it all off. I love it and I hate it.

Who cares? It’s just food. But I care! I love to make food, eat food, and share it with others.

And while I’m still debating with myself about what ideas I need to ditch in the name of simplicity and sanity (do we really need 3 kinds of fudge?), there is one thing I will never give up— the make-ahead Christmas morning breakfast. Continue Reading…

 

The ultimate sweet bread— braided challah stuffed with a swirled cinnamon-walnut filling.

Cinnamon-Walnut Stuffed Challah Bread | completelydelicious.com

My Dad always says on the ski slopes— if you’re not falling, you’re not learning.

That phrase continues to motivate me, both on and off the slopes. For example, some days I have big flops in the kitchen. Cakes don’t rise, pies don’t set, and genius ideas don’t pan out. These fails are always frustrating, but it’s a good reminder that I still have stuff to learn.

Plus, those flops make the successes so much sweeter. Pulling this beautiful loaf of cinnamon-walnut stuffed challah bread from the oven after a few failed attempts has been a highlight of my week.

I mean, look at that loaf! Continue Reading…

 

Stash these simple slice-and-bake salted chocolate pistachio cookies in the freezer for whenever your cookie craving hits!

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Right now is pretty much the Olympics of Baking. I’ve been training all year, I’ve got 15 pounds of butter in my freezer and a stack of food magazines on my nightstand. I’m ready to bake.

Sure, there’s a lot of candy and other treats happening in my kitchen this holiday season, but mostly it’s cookies, cookies, cookies. Cookies for parties, cookies for the toddler’s daycare teachers, and cookies to send to faraway friends. Continue Reading…