Who else is a sucker for "favorites" lists?
Oprah's favorites lists were always the first page I turned to when I used to get the magazine. Today we're not getting Oprah's list, but Amy's list!
This list includes the recipes and gadgets I arm myself with year after year for holiday cooking and the Christmas albums that create the most nostalgia in my ear during the season.
For years (until I started using Spotify Premium), I had a personal tradition of purchasing a new Christmas album each Christmas season. I love listening to the same albums each year with one new one thrown in.
Since I start listening to Christmas music on the first of November (about the same time I start Christmas pieces with my students), it's the perfect time of year for a holiday favorites list as we're planning our biggest holiday meal of the year (Thanksgiving), and while simultaneously setting the mood for the upcoming Christmas season through music.
(Just a heads up that this post does not include my favorite Christmas repertoire for students. You can find a list of those in Trust Christmas Favorites: Repertoire I Return to Year After Year and Christmas Collaborations: Recommended Piano Ensembles Music.)
Favorite Holiday Recipes
Appetizers and Side Dishes
Cranberry Feta Pinwheels
My family goes CRAZY over these Cranberry Feta Pinwheels from Food.com.
A couple of tips: First, when I used a regular soft taco shell size, I needed six tortillas. If you use the large burrito shells, you might be okay. Second, I found adding 1/2 cup of sour cream to the mixture helped make it more spreadable.
A nice variation is to add thin slices of ham on top of the spread before rolling.