i do want to find ways to bring some heart and soul back into the holidays.
(although it could just be my recent visit to the mall that has been tempting me lose faith in what the season should be about and the way our nation celebrates.... ahem.)
so, yesterday on st. nicholas day's eve, i made some delicious and treatlike buttery parmesan thyme crackers that we can have today.
the recipe is out of the back to basics cookbook by Ina Garden.
i own all of her cookbooks, and they are used weekly at the least.
we didnt put any shoes out last night for special treats to be delivered in.
but, we will be celebrating to the fullest today complete with white chocolate covered candied grapefruit peels and some sort of dinner containing cranberries for good measure.
Parmesan Thyme Crackers
original recipe from Ina Garden
1 stick room temperature butter
1 1/2 cups parmesan cheese, grated on a microplane
2 teaspoons fresh chopped thyme
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon pepper
1 1/4 c flour
about 1 tablespoon cold water
cream butter with your electric mixer
add freshly grated parmesan cheese, thyme, salt, and pepper
slowly add flour
it will get very crumbly at this point and dry
add cold water very slowly, mixing with a fork, so as not to add too much water
when your dough gets nice and soft, that you can knead it into a ball, you are ready
make into a log, wrap in plastic wrap, and put in fridge
pull out of fridge after about 20 minutes
oil a baking sheet lightly with olive oil
preheat oven to 350
cut into thin slices about 1/4 inch or less
place on baking sheet and place baking sheet in freezer for 10 minutes
pop into oven for 20 minutes, checking after 10 and rotating pan
let cool on metal baking rack, store in airtight container
and yes, i do believe i can bring some heart and soul back into our holiday traditions via food.