Reindeer Food

4 year old, Chef Izabella, (aka: Chef Izzy) demonstrates how to easily make reindeer food, to ensure that Santa's reindeer find your house on Christmas Eve, on your YouTube channel: Cook Out Loud Sprinkle the reindeer food on your lawn and Santa and his reindeer will surely find your home.

For Reindeer Consumption Only.

Makes 10-12 Reindeer gift bag portions

You'll Need: 4 cups dried oats, 1-2 Tbsp gold or silver edible glitter (usually a sugar or sprinkle you can buy online), 1-2 Tbsp edible sprinkles (red or green), 1-2 Tbsp brown chocolate sprinkles, 10 small ziplock bags, medium preparation bowl, spatula, small preparation bowl (to insert bags into for easy filling); optional, add 1/2 tsp cinnamon or all-spice.

Christmas Biscotti

Biscotti are a family favorite. Our toddler, Chef Izabella, makes these with us. They are delicious to dip in coffee, hot cocoa or milk. We sit around a table, dip our biscotti in our drinks and chat. Spend quality time with loved ones today.

Makes 28-36 cookies
Takes 1 hour 30 minutes

You'll Need: 2 cups all-purpose flour, 1/2 cup almond meal*, 1 tsp baking powder, 1 1/4 cups granulated sugar, pinch kosher salt, 2 large egg yolks, 3 large eggs, 1 tsp pure vanilla extract, 1 cup pecans (chopped), 1 cup mint chocolate chips or chunks (we like Andes brand), 4 candy canes, red and green food gel, additional 1/2 to 1 cup flour for kneading and handling dough 

Christmas Cheesecake Bites

Makes 36-42 Cheesecake bites
Takes 2-3 hours (you can chill 1-3 hours, which modifies overall time)

My 4 year old, Chef Izabella, loves to help me make every aspect of this dessert. From the crushing of the candy-canes, to the pressing down of the crust into the mini muffin tins, to the pouring in of the cheesecake filling and the swirling of the red and green food color gel. They are fun to make, delicious to eat, sort of healthy even, and they'll get gobbled up at any holiday party in minutes. We also like to share these as Christmas gifts with family, friends and neighbors.

For the Crusts You'll Need: butter flavored non-stick spray, 8 Tbsp unsalted butter, 1/3 cup granulated sugar, 2 cups whole grain mini graham crackers*, 1/2 to 3/4 cup mini mint chocolate chunks (or chips, we like the Andes brand of mint chocolate chunks)

For the rest of the mini Cheesecakes You'll Need: 1/2 cup sour cream, 16 oz cream cheese (softened, at room temperature), 1/2 cup granulated sugar, 2 large eggs (room temperature)**, 3 candy canes, red and green food gel*** 

Holiday Left Over Galettes

Galettes on a Platter with Cranberry Sauce and Olives
Serves 4
You'll Need: 3 cups dinner rolls (torn into 1/2" pieces; about 3 medium rolls), 3/4 cup warm water (or warm stock or broth), 1/2 cup left over turkey or ham (diced), 1/2 cup left over stuffing (chopped), 1/2 cup left over mashed potatoes, 1/2 cup left over corn casserole, 1/2 cup left over steamed carrots (diced; use any left over vegetable you have), 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese (shredded), 1/2 tsp fresh thyme (chopped; optional), 1 Tbsp melted butter, 1 Tbsp olive oil, 2 eggs (lightly beaten), pinch kosher salt, pinch freshly grated black pepper, 2-3 Tbsp vegetable oil
Garnish Options: A handful of greens (with a splash of olive oil and vinegar or fresh lemon juice), a handful of left over olives, and left over cranberry sauce

Tomato Soup

Serves 6-8
You'll Need: 2 Tbsp olive oil, 2 Tbsp unsalted butter, 14 medium vine ripe tomatoes, large pot of water, 1 shallot diced, 2 organic carrots peeled and diced, 2 celery stalks diced, 2 cloves of garlic minced, 1 can organic diced Roma tomatoes (14.5 oz can), 4 cups organic stock (vegetable or chicken), 1 Tbsp tomato paste (I like cento brand), 1 Tbsp granulated sugar, 1 cup whole organic milk, pinch salt, pinch black pepper
Garnish: sour cream, basil leaves, crouton toast (recipe attached)

Apple Raspberry Tartlets

Chef Izabella (3 years old in these pics) loves to help me make tartlets. All things miniature are fun. These are yummy too! And super easy.

Makes 10
You'll Need: 15 oz store bought pie dough (2 pie crust rounds, thawed), all-purpose flour (for work surface), 3 gala apples, 1/2 cup granulated sugar, 1/2 cup brown sugar, 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon, pinch freshly grated nutmeg, 1/2 cup raspberry jam, 2 Tbsp water (separated into 1 Tbsp increments), 1 egg, creme anglaise (optional, recipe follows)