Presents under the tree, stockings hung with care and every ensemble you have chosen is Womanista Approved. Check, check and check. Forget something? An fabulous holiday meal!
This season, we have an incredible holiday culinary dream team to create another mouth-watering menu. In case you missed our Thanksgiving Feast, we again have an elegant and stylish printable menu for the picture-perfect final touch.
Creme d'Irie, courtesy of Diane Corcoran, Three Dots and a Dash
Diane might be our cocktail connoisseur girl crush. Her holiday cocktail from Three Dots and a Dash is based on a classic milk punch recipe—it's rich and creamy with warming spices. Here, it gets a tiki twist with the addition of coconut puree and two different types of rum. This drink can be made as a single serving or in a large-format punch, both perfect for holiday entertaining!
Maryland Crab Cakes, courtesy of Debbie Sharpe, The Goddess & Baker, The Goddess & Grocer
For this holiday inspired menu, Sharpe has crafted a ridiculously delicious and easy appetizer that will 'wow' your guests without keeping you stuck in the kitchen. The pride of the Northeast is in this dish -- even if you cannot procure your crab from Chesapeake Bay. Throw on some cooking tunes and sneak a few delectable bites of this tasty recipe.
Massaged Kale Salad, courtesy of McKel, Nutrition Stripped
The stress of the holidays absolutely call for a relaxing massage...of your salad. You read that correctly! McKel suggests a massage technique with this salad, using olive oil or splurge with truffle oil to break down the kale, making it easier to digest. Kale has a rough texture and gets a bad rap because of all the work that comes with eating it, no excuse to get your daily dose of greens post-massage! On Nutrition Stripped, she explains that Kale is full of antioxidants, anti-inflammatory benefits and cancer protective compounds - to name a few. You are not only serving up a fab salad, but also a healthful dish.
Prime Rib, courtesy of Jason Rose, Jeff Ruby Culinary Entertainment
Cincinnati is not just home to amazing chili (Skyline vs Goldstar battle!), it also has a world-class steakhouse with Jeff Ruby's. Chef Jason Rose provides this succulent and hearty holiday entree. Unsure how or where to select the perfect cut, Jeff Ruby steaks are available on their site, done and done.
Butternut Squash Couscous, courtesy of Momma Cuisine
No-stress cooking is our favorite kind of cooking and we are so thankful Johanna M. Cook of Momma Cuisine agrees! She has crafted an easy to prepare side that is perfectly delicious at room temperature -- no rushing around to heat every dish at once sounds great to us.
Peppermint Cheesecake, courtesy of Hsing Chen, H Patisserie
Our love for incredible desserts has been taken to a new level since Pastry Chef, Emmy-winning journalist and all around fabulous Womanista, Hsing Chen came into our lives. Hsing says about this winter recipe, "Chocolate and peppermint go hand in hand like Rudolph and Santa, so I like to use Oreo crumbs in place of traditional graham cracker crumbs for this cheesecake" and any chance we get to intake some Oreos is a good thing.