brown sugar and cinnamon baked french toast

brown sugar and cinnamon baked french toast // brooklyn supperIt’s Christmas Eve. As I sit here, sipping a cup of coffee in preparation for my final shopping trip (um, it turns out I probably shouldn’t have procrastinated quite so much), I’m planning the lunch we’re hosting later today. On the menu, a selection of all the most festive libations from eggnog to cider to Prosecco to hot chocolate (peppermint schnapps included), Edwards country ham, buttermilk biscuits, and a green salad. Please try not to be concerned that I actually just listed four cocktails and only three edibles. Moderation, we’re into it.

I hope you’ve landed wherever you’re going this holiday. May your mug be full of something warming and wonderful, and may all the best, most beautiful things about the season shine through.  [Read more…]

spiced bittersweet hot chocolate with peppermint schnapps

spiced bittersweet hot chocolate with peppermint schnapps // brooklyn supperspiced bittersweet hot chocolate with peppermint schnapps // brooklyn supperThis post is sponsored by DeKuyper. All opinions expressed are my own, and do not reflect the opinions or positions of DeKuyper. Thanks for supporting the brands that help make Brooklyn Supper possible!


“Are you ready for Christmas?” seems to have become the standard holiday greeting, as though kindly store clerks and my fellow moms are wondering if I’ve prepared for the big meeting or finished my taxes. Personally, I miss the days of more joyful holiday wishes. Besides, organization has never been my strong suit; so being reminded of all the work I still need to do cuts deeply.

I take comfort in the fact that my family’s done all the most important things like watch Christmas movies with the kids and bake cookies. The tree we cut down ourselves stands twinkling in the living room. We’ve seen family and gone to recitals. I’ll get to the shopping, eventually. I hope. [Read more…]

a roast goose for christmas

roast christmas goose // brooklyn supperElizabeth and I spend hours each December discussing which version of A Christmas Carol is best (This year I’m kind of leaning toward the Muppets one?). It’s a tough choice because they all have their moments. But the 1951 version is in the running for me every year because of the Cratchit family’s reaction to the goose Bob’s bought –– the sheer joy of a family in tough times savoring a simple pleasure gets me misty every time. I’ve always wanted to get in on some of that Christmas goose joy. But the Christmas goose is a weird thing.

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creamy wild rice and mushroom soup

creamy wild rice and mushroom soup // brooklyn suppercreamy wild rice and mushroom soup // brooklyn supperLast Saturday, we picked up our Christmas tree. Brian wanted to drive to the nice in-town place where we got a tree last year, but heading out to the country to chop down our own was very high on my things-to-do-now-that-we-don’t-live-Brooklyn wish list, and because he could see I had my heart set on it, we drove south to a tree farm. As we crossed the county line south of town, I realized that the “just over the river” place I’d picked was actually 30 miles past the river –– over winding backcountry roads of varying degrees of pavedness through the rain-soaked Virginia hills and forests shrouded in fog. We arrived, were given instructions by a kind older man with a very specific central Virginia accent that is best described as Southern meets Canadian. We set out to find our tree and after some slogging through wet fields selected a Norway spruce. Instead of chopping, Brian sawed it down with a dull hacksaw. After we carted it back, paid, and tied it to the car, we happily made our way home, stopping at our favorite rural pizza place (our favorite pizza in Virginia!) on the way back.

But in the backdrop of all this merriment, are a few stressors. [Read more…]

persimmon, radish, and watercress salad + weekend links

persimmon, radish, and watercress salad // brooklyn supperI’m pretty sure that the work week after Thanksgiving is the longest of the year. And this one, especially. Christmas preparation and hard news are a strange and terrible combination.

Brian and I have been staying up late discussing the week’s news, exchanging links, and sharing social media discussions. After such a long, heavy kind of week, I’m looking for holiday escapism –– getting our tree, ice skating, making cookies, and all that. But first, my weekend links. [Read more…]

lattice-top lady apple pie

lattice-top lady apple pie // brooklyn supperHolidays in years past have been epic affairs. Thanksgiving practically required a spreadsheet to organize, and Christmas needed Swiss precision as we rushed from this place to that. All that planning and coordinating made it hard to enjoy the holiday as it unfolded.

This year, Brian and I decided to make some changes. Our Thanksgiving featured only the four of us, Brian, me, and our two girls. In typical fashion, we sat down an hour later than we’d wanted to, but it didn’t matter in the least. After dinner, we had pie, put our littlest to bed, while our older daughter got to stay up late to watch It’s a Wonderful Life with us. We had to pause a lot and explain things that don’t come up much in a 7 year-old’s life, like the difference between a building and loan and a bank, World War II, bank runs, the Charleston, and the nature of greed, but still, it was a lovely time. Right after that, our weekend spiraled out of control a little bit with sickness and the like, but nobody had to go to the hospital so we count that as a victory. [Read more…]

salt dough christmas ornaments

salt dough christmas ornaments // brooklyn supperSalt dough Christmas ornaments are perfect for me, and likely for many of you, for the simple reason that while I am not an especially crafty person, I am pretty comfortable baking. So a craft that you bake is about as good as a craft is going to get for me. This is our second time making them and they’ve been great for both the craft-challenged and children in our family. [Read more…]

eggnog waffles

eggnog waffles // brooklyn supperI’ve been feeling like a little bit of a mess lately – always disheveled and behind schedule. And the holidays add a little extra pressure to the mix. Besides all the things we actually have to do this time of year, there’s also a pressure to HAVE FUN. We must enjoy, savor, each passing moment. And the house should look immaculate while you do it. I’m doing my best to shrug things off and just let everyone be themselves this holiday, but all those perfect Pinterest trees, magazine cookies, and epic holiday tables can be hard to shake.

So it was a welcome reprieve when two really nice things happened this past weekend. [Read more…]