Around this time of year, I find myself hitting the food blogosphere extra hard. With all of the upcoming holiday parties, bake-offs, cook-offs and potluck dinners, it’s imperative that we all have plenty of recipes to choose from when at least attempting to prepare a different dish for each occasion. Upon doing a serious recipe search while waiting out my food-induced coma after Thanksgiving dinner, I came across PDX Food Love. And, I fell in food love.
Rebekah, the proprietor of PDX Food Love, has a simple yet compelling concept to convey to her readers. Want to prepare dishes that are easy to make and easy to love? Come right on in! Not only is PDX Food Love user-friendly, it has a lot of variety to it as well. There’s no one culinary style or cultural cuisine that she’s going for, instead Rebekah just writes about what she likes to make for each meal of the day. As someone who can define herself as a “meat and potatoes” eater, I really can’t argue with that logic.
While scanning the recipes on PDX Food Love, we’ve come to the conclusion that Rebekah really does have an answer for all holiday party needs. The three basic holiday parties that take place around this time are cocktail parties, dinner parties, and brunch parties. To start the day off with a brunch party is really the best way to go, so I recommend the Parmesan Popovers, NY-Style Bagels, and Spinach and Caramelized Onion Quiche. Top those doughy, delicious bagels with a smear of the Two Ingredient Blueberry Jam and you’ll have the best brunch menu in town. We also love the Baked Banana Oatmeal, not only because of the health aspect, but because the cut-and-serve aspect makes for a great party bite.
For the cocktail parties you may be hosting or attending, the focus of the food is often on finger foods. PDX Food Love brings the noise and the heat for this, too. Bacon-Wrapped Dates are a classic appetizer that never fail to impress, and neither do Balsamic Pesto Bruschetta and Kalamata Tapenade Toasts. The Roasted Chickpeas are a simple concept with a fantastic result that will go perfectly with all those boozy cocktails. Sweet Chili Edamame Dip or Roasted Garlic Dip anyone? We’ll bring the chips!
The dinner party is what many of us look forward to the most during the holidays, not only for the entrees but for the abundance of desserts, as well. Start the meal with the Tomato Basil Soup and a Potato Roll. A Stuffed Chicken topped with a Chimichurri Sauce and a side of Mashed Sweet Potatoes comes together for a hearty meal that will keep dinner guests coming back for seconds and thirds. To satisfy all those sweet teeth, the Blueberry Pie is seasonal, delicious and is perfect topped with homemade Vanilla Ice Cream, because pie isn’t pie unless it’s a la mode.
PDX Food Love is a fantastic food blog that will satisfy any and all of your holiday cooking needs this year. We hope you enjoy her recipes as much as we did! Cheers, and eat well!
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