holiday cooking

One of Madelyn and my favorite things to do is cook together. This girl loves helping with any project - especially if it involves the kitchen.

Not going to lie, I make some pretty good cookies/desserts. Another specialty of mine is mashed potatoes, and unfortunately that’s about as much holiday cooking I know how to make. The thought of cooking an entire Thanksgiving meal by myself is so intimidating it makes me want to curl up in bed and binge watch a show instead. I mean, how does one cook a turkey, pies, casseroles, rolls etc all in one day and time it so perfectly that it’s all warm at the same time?! I feel like once I figure out the mysteries of holiday cooking then I’ll finally graduate to the “ultimate” level of adulthood. 

I mean, our parents can only handle so many phone calls asking about recipe instructions like, “how much exactly is a pinch?” And, “can you please give me more details than knead the dough until it ‘feels right’” (I’m looking at you dad!).  Plus, let’s not even mention the many questions we should have asked but didn’t know we needed to. For example, my favorite cookie recipe that I’m making with Madelyn in these photos calls for browned butter. I’ve made that recipe probably 20 times and I always plopped the butter in the microwave until it was soft. When I saw that phrase in another recipe a couple weeks ago I finally looked it up. Apparently browned butter is when you cook the butter on a stovetop, stirring it constantly, until it’s completely melted and brown in color. It gives a completely different taste. Since I’m not a cooking/baking guru I had no idea what any of that meant so I missed out for years! 

There’s definitely a difference between winging a recipe in a cookbook, and watching a professional chef make the recipe in front of you. For those of us who want some tips on making holiday dishes before the holidays (and would prefer to not be thrown into the lions den/baptized by fire) then you’re in luck! Nancy Silverton, Macy’s Culinary Council Chef is hosting a live demo in Downtown Seattle on Saturday, November 12, 2016! Nancy will be making some of her favorite holiday recipes and will also sign copies of her new cookbook, Mozza at Home. The event is free, and there are promises of food and drinks for all guests to enjoy.  For those who aren’t in Seattle, I will be posting about the event live on Snapchat (lovelaurenblog), Twitter (laurenrog3), and Instagram (laurenrog3). For more information, visit: http://bit.ly/NancyFall2016

There are recipes I use from great-grandparents that I never met and the thought of making something that they did makes me feel like we’re all connected. I plan on learning how to make amazing and delicious dishes from Nancy that I can pass on to my children and their children. (And I especially hope to master the art of holiday cooking and reach “ultimate” adult status.)

To RSVP for this event go to: http://bit.ly/NancyFall2016

 Shout out to Josh's handlebar mustache. Thank you beard-tober and no shave November ;). I mean, I definitely do feel safer walking the streets with such an intimidating guy who rocks a handlebar mustache. 

Shout out to Josh's handlebar mustache. Thank you beard-tober and no shave November ;). I mean, I definitely do feel safer walking the streets with such an intimidating guy who rocks a handlebar mustache. 

 Molly creeping in this photo just really makes it. 

Molly creeping in this photo just really makes it. 

Also, on Friday, November 11, 2016 from 1-3 PM PST, Macy’s Chef Toni Keene will be doing a demonstration for homemade holiday desserts, featuring Frango chocolates. You can watch her cooking demonstrations and try samples at Macy’s Downtown Seattle five days a week. And if you spend $35 in the Home department then you get a whole frozen *made from scratch” pie by Toni Keene. Come enjoy afternoon coffee and desserts made by a professional chef!

This post is sponsored by Everywhere Agency on behalf of Macy’s; however, all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.