Other People’s Recipes

Oh hello holiday rush, how are you doing?

Holiday Shopping…check!

Holiday Cards Sent…check!

Holiday Decorations…check!

With all of the additional obligations that the holidays bring, it is hard for me to find time to be creative in the kitchen.  Thank goodness that I have access to the recipes of very talented cooks to sustain Ben and I throughout the week.

Other Person’s Recipe #1  – Tomato and Feta Stuffed Chicken Breasts by Eat Live Run

Jenna of Eat Live Run always comes up with awesome, simple meals. This is a fun recipe with chicken breasts, feta, and tomatoes.  For this meal I used tomatoes from my garden that were frozen during the fall.

Oh garden fresh tomatoes, how I miss you! I also added a little left over marscapone cheese, since I couldn’t let marscapone cheese go to waste!  This meal came together so quickly and was enjoyed with a nice side salad!

Other Person’s Recipe# 2 – Nut-Stuffed Delicata Squash by Shutterbean

Tracy Benjamin is one of my favorite bloggers, and just like Jenna her meals are easy for the busy cook to pull off.  This nut stuffed squash is a perfect, hearty, vegetarian meal to enjoy during the winter months.  I was actually shocked by how fast and easy it was to prepare.

Other Person’s Recipe # 3 – Shortbread Cookie Bars by My Grandma

My Grandma isn’t a blogger, she was my grandma, for reals, like my mom’s mom.  Anyways, she always used to make these amazing shortbread cookies.  They are buttery, flaky, soft, and just a little bit sweet. Fair warning, there is nothing about these cookies that are healthy, but they are very very good!

To make these holiday favorites, you only need three ingredients:

2 sticks butter

2 cups flour

1/2 cup sugar

Pre-heat your oven to 350 degrees. In a large mixing bowl, mix together all three ingredients.  Keep the butter cold!  When the ingredients are completely mixed, then the dough should form into a ball.  Put ball into the refrigerator for 15 minutes.  When dough is re-chilled, then place the  ball into a rimmed baking pan or baking dish.  Gently form the dough into the baking sheet/pan.  The dough should be about half an inch deep in the pan. If the dough doesn’t form into the entire pan, that’s ok, just make sure the depth is correct, and form the dough evenly into half of the pan. Sometimes, I throw the entire baking sheet into the refridgerator for another 10 minutes after this step.  Remember, keeping the dough cold, is the secret! Poke holes into the dough with a fork, and sprinkle  with sugar.  Place in the pre-heated oven for 30 minutes, until light golden.  When the pan is hot out of the oven, carefully cut into bars.  Let cool, then enjoy!

Do you have a favorite holiday cookie recipe?  What about a favorite go-to recipe from another blogger?

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