Have you started your Christmas baking?

As I write this, my co-worker Judi is probably in her kitchen starting her Christmas baking.  I can almost smell the shortbread wafting in the air. I think it will be a few weeks yet before I start mine, but I am already planning for a few new recipes.  I am the type who would make brand new things each year if I could, but most of the people I will be baking and cooking for would prefer some tried and true recipes, old favourites.  They don’t like it when I venture out and try to make it a little more exciting.  But this year, I am going to try for both.  I’ll make a few standards and also a few new and exciting recipes.

I always sit down with my Christmas cookbooks when I’m planning and try to think of all the opportunities I’ll have, all of the meals that I could be cooking for, and all of the people who might drop by on the spur of the moment.  I want to be ready with a fabulous tray of cookies and warm apple cider in case someone comes by during a snowy afternoon.  I want to have the perfect meal to celebrate the holidays, that perfect little holiday party fare.

In reality, I never have a holiday party, and people rarely drop by unexpected.  We seem to do most of the “popping in” during the holidays, so I rarely need all this food.  But it is nice to dream.

If you are looking for some new recipes, we are always getting new cookbooks into the library.  There are many Christmas or Thanksgiving themed books to help out with those meals specifically, but you might also find a great recipe in a BBQ recipe book.  We subscribe to Bon Appetit magazine, so you can always find something in there that is a little off the beaten track, but surely delicious!

So what are you planning for Christmas?