Spiced Nuts for a New Year’s Potluck with Emeril #SundaySupper

I am so excited about this #SundaySupper. This week we are celebrating New Year’s with Potluck and Sandwich Recipes by Emeril Lagasse. Emeril is one of those chefs that’s so fun to follow because his passion for food is so expressive and contagious. His belief that food should be full of flavour makes him a chef after my own heart. Some of us at #SundaySupper were given the fanatic opportunity to review one of two books, Emeril’s Potluck and Emeril’s Kicked-up Sandwiches. I would have been happy to review either but I was so excited to see that I was sent the potluck book. What I love about his style of cooking is that he knows how to “Kick it up a notch” as he likes to say. In my opinion the key to good cooking is all in the seasoning. If someone ever has to add salt or any seasoning to my food then I failed. And with Emeril’s recipes I am never disappointed. We have already tried two different recipes from Emeril’s Potluck and I am excited to continue to make my way through it. Hubby was especially interested when he came across a recipe for a Creole Bread Pudding.

And if you want to win your own copy of one of Emeril’s cookbooks then come and join us for our Twitter chat at 7pm EST. The publisher is giving us the opportunity to give away one of the cook books to one of our followers. All you have to do is start following me on twitter, @wallet_appetite and join us tonight, December 30, 2012 on Twitter at 7pm EST for our #SundaySupper chat. Then at sometime during the hour, post: “Enter Me @wallet_appetite #SundaySupper” and one of the participants that posts that, will win a copy of one of these cookbooks!

Emeril Kicked Up Sandwiches
Emeril Potluck

Emeril’s recipe that I am sharing with you is one that is going to making its way to my New Years Eve Party this year. A simple nut dish that is so addictive it is perfect for any party.

Spiced Nuts

1/2 tsp ground cumin
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
1/2 tsp cinnamon
4 cups unsalted mixed nuts, such as walnuts, pecans, hazelnuts and almonds
4 Tbps unsalted butter
6 Tbsp brown sugar
1 tsp salt

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Cinnamon-Streusel Coffeecake #SundaySupper

Happy Christmas! Well it is almost Christmas. I am enjoying a wonderful time at my parent’s house and I am loving watching them and my daughter bond all over again. With Christmas upon us Sunday Supper decided to talk about some of our holiday traditions. When I think of Christmas traditions the first thing that comes into my head is my dad’s omelets. Every year without fail my dad would do his omelet bar for a Christmas brunch and then still had energy to cook up the entire Christmas meal with all the fixings. I am in awe at the energy he had to do this. As much as I would love to carry on his tradition I just don’t have what it takes to cook up a large Christmas meal and a large breakfast. So I have taken to doing something different when it comes to Christmas breakfast. I prep something up the night before that can then be cooked up fresh in the morning. I haven’t set my heart on one particular item trying everything from oven French toast to egg casseroles. Last year and this year I decided to do a coffee cake. I love having a simple breakfast that doesn’t require a lot of effort since Christmas tends to be a long day in the kitchen for me.

What are some of your Christmas breakfast traditions?

Cinnamon-Streusel Coffeecake

Streusel topping
248g (1 1/4 c.) granulated sugar
1/4 tsp salt (if you use unsalted butter)
177g (1 1/2 c.) Plain Flour
1 Tbsp ground cinnamon
85g (6 Tbsp) butter, melted
213g (1 c) soft brown sugar, light or dark
1 1/2 Tbsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp unsweetened cocoa powder

Cake
170g (3/4 c.) butter
1 tsp salt (1 1/4 teaspoons if you use unsalted butter)
298g (1 1/2 c.) granulated sugar
71g (1/3 c.) soft brown sugar
2 1/2 tsp baking powder
2 tsp vanilla extract
3 large eggs
185mL (3/4 c.) sour cream or plain yogurt
312mL (1 1/4 c.) milk
454g (3 3/4 c.) Plain Flour
Recipe from King Arthur Flour

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Sausage Stuffing

I love adding more ethnic traditions to my kitchen and marrying outside of your culture naturally brings more traditions to your life. Until I got together with my husband the only kind of stuffing/dressing that I had ever heard of consisted of breadcrumbs either wet or dry. But marrying a Brit introduced me to the beauty of sausage stuffing and I am loving this addition to my holiday table. For sausage stuffing is often served side-by-side with bread stuffing but I could easily see myself just serving sausage stuffing. In the past I have made small meatballs out of the meat mixture but after having it served in a loaf tin earlier this year I think I will stick this that method because it takes a lot less effort and was surprisingly easy to slice.

Sausage Stuffing

2 onions , chopped
25g (2 Tbsp) butter
1 small cooking apple , peeled, cored and diced
800g sausage meat with the casings removed
2 tsp sage
140g (2 c.) fresh breadcrumbs
Recipe from BBC Good Food

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Cream of Mushroom Soup

I have to confess that appetizers and starters often get forgotten in my kitchen. So much time and effort goes in to my main courses and side dishes that I very rarely take the time to make a starter. But I was inspired listening to a friend’s typical holiday party menu that always includes a starter that I decided to start making more of an effort. And after the fabulous inspiration from my fellow Sunday Supper bloggers this past Sunday I have a whole list of appetizers I want to try.

Today I wanted to share with you a wonderful starter soup that is creamy and full of flavour and thankfully doesn’t take too much effort. So you can wow your guests without having to labour long over it. If all you have ever had is tinned mushroom soup then you are missing out because this incredible. Hubby has made me promise that this won’t be a one time soup.

Cream of Mushroom Soup

2 Tbsp olive oil
340g (12oz) mushrooms, your choice
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
1 onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg
1 tsp thyme
240mL (1 c.) vegetable broth
60mL (1/4 c.) white wine
4 Tbsp cornstarch
240mL (1 c.) cream

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Cheesy Mushroom Pull Apart Bread #SundaySupper

The mission of Sunday Supper is to bring families back together at the dinner table. It is becoming a lost part of family life as we have gotten so busy and just don’t make the time to sit down together. And after the horrific tragedy in Sandy Hook Elementary on Friday I can think of no better mission then to remind us to take the time to spend time together. I didn’t plan on talking about something this sombre, with this Sunday Supper theme which was meant to be about Holiday party appetizers and drinks I wanted to share happy stories and wonderful food. But I couldn’t push past the emotions to write something cheery so instead I wanted to focus on family for just a second so please bear with me.

There are no guarantees in life and hearing about such a senseless tragedy reminds me of how important it is to spend time and tell the people that you love that you do love them. This love should never go unspoken, neither verbally or physically. Don’t ever take for granted that your parents know you love them or your kids know that you would move mountains for them. Wake up every day and tell them that you love them and don’t just say it, choose to love them no matter what happens in your relationship. Love isn’t a feeling it is a choice, a choice that requires actions. No matter what is done or what is said between you and your loved ones make the decision in your heart to love them and show them your love. Too late is too and your friends and family are worth way too much then to live with regret of unspoken words.

And as a parent I say this with tears in my eyes, love your babies like there is no tomorrow, let them feel your love so strong that your love overflows from them onto other people. I am now going to go give my daughter another hug and I hope you do the same.

Christmas is in nine days and life won’t stop just because we are in mourning and it shouldn’t. In honour of those that have passed we do want to celebrate, celebrate life and love because if we just stopped everything and allowed the evil to steal that joy from us then it wins.

That is what I wanted to share with you from my heart. Now on to the food as promised. This recipe was one that I pinned on Pintrest a while ago and I have been dying for an excuse to make it. It was a little difficult to stuff the bread but that might have been my choice of bread and the fact that I didn’t read the directions well enough the first time and made my cuts diagonal instead of linear. But none of that mattered when I dug into this cheesy, mushroom bread, it is worth every second. Just make sure you prepare this for a large crowed other wise you might end up eating way more then you should.

If you have been touched by the tragedy and would like to do something to help an official fund for victims’ families, and the community as a whole, has now been established: The Sandy Hook School Support Fund, set up by the United Way of Western Connecticut will provide support services to families and the community. All donations to this fund will go directly to those affected.

Cheesy Mushroom Pull Apart Bread

340g (12 oz) sliced mushrooms
14g (1 Tbsp) butter
2 tsp dried thyme
4 cloves of garlic, minced
1 unsliced loaf sourdough* bread
340g (12 oz) your choice of cheese, grated
113g (1/2 c.) butter, melted
3 green onions, diced finely
2 tsp poppy seeds
*I couldn’t find sourdough loaf so I used a Tiger Loaf
Recipe adapted from Bean Town Baker

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