Christmas Cookie Exchange #tastytuesday

Christmas Cookie Recipe Exchange

It’s that wonderful time of year, where we indulge in treats and drinks, Christmas music fills the air and people are just generally happier and festive. It’s a time that brings people together, it’s a time to celebrate and reflect on the year that has past. It always surprises me how quickly Christmas comes around. The season always reminds me of my childhood and our deeply route traditions.

One of my favourite parts of the Christmas season is the smell of fresh baked goodies all while listening to favourite Christmas music! Nothing beats a fresh, hot out of the oven whipped shortbread cookie or a cup of hot cocoa.

Since many of us live far and wide, I wanted to create a Christmas cookie exchange of sorts, so while we can’t spend an evening together over tea exchanging cookie or Christmas treats we can share virtually that one or two Holiday recipes that are a MUST make every year when the Holidays roll around.

What’s that one recipe that makes you nostalgic? Makes you reminiscence of Christmas traditions? Replaying childhood memories just like it happened yesterday? I want to hear about it, I want to feel like I was there with you. So link up below, share your favourite Christmas treat and a fond memory.

This Christmas will be a little different than the last 30 years, not only for me but for my entire family …. I will share more about in the coming weeks.

#SeasonalFallTreats Garden Fresh Salsa

IMG_0403Fall Appetizers

As the weather grows cooler, we start to see an abundance of fresh produce emerge in local markets and stores just before the wonderful gardening season ends. This is one of our last opportunities to taste the delicious fresh burst of juice from those home grown tomatoes and the experience the joys of cooking with garden-fresh herbs freshly picked. Growing up in a cold weather country like Canada, we look forward to the seasons where our produce is entirely farm picked and local. During the winter it becomes more difficult to find the quality of produce that you get in the summer.

One of my favourite appetizers, perfect for any upcoming holiday celebration is a bowl of fresh salsa served with only finest tomatoes and herbs. This dish is not only easy to make, but is a real crowd pleaser. Add a few crackers, homemade kale chips or baguette thinly sliced (and toasted with seasoning) and you have yourself delicious appetizers that will have your guests coming back for more.

Here’s what you will need:

4-5 roma tomatoes (diced small)
¼ cup of finely chopped red onion
1 tsp of salt
½ cup of finely chopped peppers (mix the colors up for a beautiful display)
1 tbsp of fresh coriander
juice of 1 small lime

Mix all the ingredients together, and to allow time for the natural flavours to infuse.  I like to prepare it and refrigerate it 1 hour before serving. Happy Serving!  

** If you enjoy a bit of a kick, very finely chop one small jalapeno and add it to the mix.