In my book, I’m Dreaming of a Green Christmas it was important to me to include food. As I wanted the book to be a go-to-guide for a sustainable holiday season, it was important to feature festive and (relatively) healthy recipes. One can ask, how food choices in and of themselves are green. Eating green is choosing organic (whenever possible), locally grown and of course seasonal ingredients. Now I know that for some people living in incredibly cold climates the options are slim, but I encourage you to do your best.
I chose recipes for the book (and have included a few here), that used seasonal ingredients as well as appealed to a wide audience (the book is selling in Europe as well). It only seemed appropriate since I originally hail from Germany. The Roasted Acorn Squash Soup with Parmesaen and Crispy Sage is a family favorite. It is great to have a big pot of the soup sitting around and served with some nice toasty crusty whole grain bread. The Truffled Goat Cheese Macaroni and Cheese never sits around for long and is enjoyed by children. The Maple Walnut Cookies are pretty simple to make and oh so tasty (you can’t just eat one) and go perfectly hand in hand with the Hot Cocoa. And the Endive, Radicchio, Arugula and Pear Salad with Candied Ginger, Goat Cheese and Spiced Walnuts makes a perfect starter salad for a festive holiday meal. I have included some recipes here to wet your palate, but hope you pick up a copy of the book to try the other recipes. Cook with friends and family, have a pot lock, make this season a green one, even on your dining table.
Please share with us recipes or family traditions you have around the table.