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Plant-Based Vanilla French Toast with Simmered Cranberries

Breakfast, Holiday, Quick and Easy, The Holidays, Vegetarian

’Tis the season! I feel like the day after Thanksgiving my neighborhood goes into Holiday high gear. Literally every single house in my neighborhood is already decked out with holiday decorations, trees, Santas on the roof. I’m over here trying to recover from Thanksgiving lol.

Today is as good as any day to get the party started! I’m starting easy, grooving into the holiday season with breakfast. For this post, I teamed up with JUST and their new product JUST Egg. I used it over the summer, remember? It’s a product that truly blows my mind because it’s made from mung beans and yet it tastes just like eggs (texture and flavor). It’s wild!

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How to Build a Winter Cheese Plate

Appetizers, Holiday, How-To, Quick and Easy, The Holidays

I’m not trying to brag but I have been invited to two holiday parties already and we haven’t even entered the month of December. This is going to be a very fun season for me! I’m excited. 

My neighborhood is very into the holiday spirit; each and every single house on the block already has lights up. In order to fit in with the Jones’, we spent the weekend trying to get our lives together, i.e., getting rid of the squirrel-eaten pumpkins.

In preparation for this season, I wanted to put a mini guide together about Building a Winter Cheese Board! 

For this post, I teamed up with Roth Cheese. Their cheeses are so amazing and made in Wisconsin using fresh, local milk from dairy farmers right down the road. The flavors are delicious and rich. While I think they’re wonderful on a cheese board, I also think they’re perfect for grilled cheeses, too; their meltability is on point! They’d also work in a gratin or melted over vegetables.

Here are some pointers on creating a winter cheese board:

Pick Your Cheeses – I went with Grand Cru Havarti, Grand Cru Gouda, and Grand Cru Alpine-Style. I cubed up the Havarti and Gouda for easy consumption. I decided to leave the Alpine-Style in its wedge mainly for aesthetic reasons lol. The Havarti is mild and buttery. The Gouda creamy with a hint of sweetness. The Alpine-Style is nutty. I like for all of the cheeses to complement each other, while all being different to offer some contrast.

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It’s December, Make Something Sweet!

Cakes, Chocolate, Cookies, Desserts

Izy's Swedish Chocolate Cake | www.acozykitchen.com

I’m currently watching Little Women over and over with a million blankets over me. It’s legit cold in LA, like, maybe colder than New York and other parts of the east coast. WEIRD! But I’m not complaining, I love it, please continue this, LA.

Not sure if you noticed but it’s December and the world has been taken over by gingerbread houses and buche de noels and hot toddies. I’ve been out of town for the past few weekends so the next few days are my first time heading into to holiday soirees.

If you, too, are looking to make something chill and delicious, here are some options:

Strawberry Pistachio Nougat: It’s fruity and crunchy and looks oh so pretty.

Strawberry Pistachio Nougat

If a brownie and a cookie had an illegitimate love-child, this would be it: The Brookie

Brookies (Brownies + Cookies) | www.acozykitchen.com

Izy’s recipe for Swedish Cake is one of my favorite super quick and easy baking recipes. Super legit.

Izy's Swedish Chocolate Cake | www.acozykitchen.com

Matcha Swirl Cheesecake. It’s fancy and green. V V festive.

Matcha Cheesecake

The only thing better than normal cookies is a GIGANTIC Cookie: Dark Chocolate Skillet Cookie (with walnuts of course!)

Dark Chocolate Chunk and Walnut Skillet Cookie | www.acozykitchen.com

I’m no cookie decorator. Good gracious no, but I do love these little Rye Cloud Sugar Cookies.

Rye Sugar Cookies

More matcha because always more matcha: Matcha Chocolate Cake

Triple-Layer Chocolate Matcha Cake | www.acozykitchen.com

The flavor of brown butter and orange works so lovely together. Imagine warm madelines on Christmas morning. YAS!

Brown Butter Orange Madeleines

Mini Pound Cakes with Roasted Grapes and Labneh. Everything is better in mini form. You know dis.

Mini Pound Cakes with Lebneh Frosting and Roasted Grapes

Showing up to a party with a Big-Ass Doughnut might be a million times better than dozen cookies.

Big Ass Doughnut (w/ Big Sprinkles, Too)

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Warm Caramelized Fennel and Leek Cheese Dip

Appetizers, Thanksgiving, Vegetarian

Warm Caramelized Fennel and Leek Cheese Dip

I used to be one of those psycho people who liked to be really hungry for Thanksgiving dinner. So instead of having breakfast, I’d just power through the day so I could REALLY enjoy dinner. But then that lead to be, like, being mean to people so now I make sure to eat breakfast AND I always have an appetizer prepped.

This is perfect for that because it can be made the day before and then heated up when hanger-vibes strike.

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Holiday Dessert Table

Desserts, DIY

Holiday Dessert Table | www.acozykitchen.com

I do things at the holidays I don’t always do during the year: I (attempt) to decorate every corner of my apartment; I bake any chance I get; and I put antler ears on Amelia and force her to take pictures with me. Basically, what I’m saying is that I embrace the season and try and make the most of it. A big part of taking advantage of the season is creating things, arranging things, and making my home look as pretty and magical as possible.

Today I teamed up with Target to show you a pretty and fuss-free dessert table. Treat-making is my favorite thing to do but I do know that during the holidays it’s tough to tackle a gigantic project for a party (I tackled a buche de noel on Saturday, more on that later!), so I wanted to give you something super easy: Cappuccino Truffles! The best part about this recipe is the fact that it requires a lot of downtime, allowing you to turn your attention to making the dessert table look as cute as possible. I wanted the dessert table to feel cozy (I know, surprising), neutral and natural, and rely on gold and silver to bring some sparkle.

Holiday Dessert Table @target | www.acozykitchen.com

The recipe starts with heating cream and pouring it over chopped chocolate, after a little stir action, it goes in the fridge to chill.

Holiday Dessert Table @target | www.acozykitchen.com

Holiday Dessert Table @target | www.acozykitchen.com

During this time, I hung this cute tree garland around the table. I also hung this wall garland I made a few days prior that consisted of some cedar, pine cones and tallow branches. All you need a bit of floral wire and a few nails! Super easy.

Holiday Dessert Table @target | www.acozykitchen.com

While the truffles were chilling once more, I placed a few leaves of bay laurel on the table and added a this pretty gold and white tree and silver JOY sign.

Holiday Dessert Table @target | www.acozykitchen.com

After I rolled the truffles in their sweet cappuccino coating, I stacked them on this tiered silver dessert stand.

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Holiday Dessert Table @target | www.acozykitchen.com

Lastly, I filled up these snowflake-patterned glasses with warm apple cider sangria. And added another tabletop silver tree just to balance out the rest of the table in terms of height and color scheme.

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Holiday Dessert Table @target | www.acozykitchen.com

I hope you’re inspired to make some treats and make your space cute and cozy. ’Tis the season!

Holiday Dessert Table | www.acozykitchen.com

Cappuccino Truffles

Prep Time: 2 hours

Cook Time: 3 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour

Yield: 16 truffles

Serving Size: 16

Cappuccino Truffles

Ingredients

  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 16 ounces bitter-sweet chocolate, chopped (chips are also fine!) 
  • 1/4 cup coffee granules, finely ground 
  • 1/4 cup instant milk powder
  • 1 tablespoon powdered sugar, plus more for garnish
  • Pinch salt

Directions

  1. In a small saucepan, heat heavy cream until it reaches a light simmer. Pour the hot heavy cream over the chocolate and allow to stand for 2 to 3 minutes. Stir until smooth. Pour the chocolate into a shallow dish, such as a 9-inch pie dish, and transfer to the fridge to chill for 1 hour and 30 minutes. 
  2. Meanwhile, in a food processor, add the coffee, milk powder, salt and powdered sugar. Pulse until finely ground and mixed. Transfer to a shallow bowl and set aside. 
  3. Using a #20 ice cream scoop (or a melon baller), scoop out mounds of the chocolate mixture onto a piece of parchment or wax paper (they’ll look a bit like wonky circles—don’t worry!). Transfer to the fridge to chill for an additional hour. Remove from the fridge and using your hands, roll the mounds of chocolate to form a circle (don’t worry if they’re not perfect circles) and then immediately transfer to the fridge to chill for an additional 15 minutes. Roll the chocolate balls in the coffee mixture and place in mini cupcake liners. Keep refrigerated until you’re ready to serve, at which time, allow to stand at room temperature for about 30 minutes, just to take off a bit of its chill. Garnish, if you like, with a teeny dusting of powdered sugar. 
https://www.acozykitchen.com/holiday-dessert-table/

This post is sponsored by Target. Shop Home Décor for modern luxury made easy.

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Jalapeño Bacon Stuffed Mushrooms

Appetizers

Hi Jalapeño. Hi Bacon. Hi Cheese.

It’s kind of crazy to think that all those glorious things can exist in one bite…but they do. They totally do.

If you want to see how this is done, jump over to the Tasty Kitchen blog where you’ll find: step-by-step pictures (by me), and a the recipe. This is all so you too can create these bites of awesomeness.

Cinnamon & Sugar Crackers

Cookies, Desserts, Snacks

Let’s talk my favorite holiday subject: presents!!

Look, I know I’m supposed to act all adult-like and humble and and be like, “Me? Nah…I don’t need a present. Don’t get me a present. I have everything I need…”

But can we be honest? I love presents. And sure I do have most things I need, but I still have wants. Duh.

I like that someone got in their car, went somewhere, picked something out just for me. I like that someone wrapped something, put a bow on it…just for me. Presents–when thoughtful–feel warm and sweet, and are just plain awesome.

If someone baked me something, put it in a glass jar, learned how to make a pom-pom (just for me!) and gave it to me…swoon. Seriously, can we get friend married?

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