Christmas Cookie Round-Up

With only 10 days until Christmas I thought it would be nice to round up all the
cookies of Christmas past for easy baking reference. [The holidays kinda snuck up 
on me this year, but last December I was a cookie-baking fiend.]


pumpkin pecan cheesecake chocolate pie

Husband and I wanted to make pie for Thanksgiving.
We decided regular pumpkin pie just wasn't enough, so we added a 
layer of cheesecake and topped it with pecans and chocolate.


seven layer salad

The Holidays are fast approaching, and so is the season of holiday parties.
Husband and I attended a potluck party this weekend, and [since dessert was spoken for] 
decided to bring a "traditional" potluck dish: seven layer salad.

Everyone has their own version of seven layer salad. It's a great canvas 
for mixing and matching different vegetables and cheeses. You can pick and choose 
the layers according to your [or your guests'] taste. In my opinion, there are 
only 2 "must-haves": frozen peas, and a mayo dressing. Everything else is up for grabs!

Here's the anatomy of MY version of seven layer salad:

For the dressing, I used 3/4 cup mayo and 1/4 cup sour cream mixed with
a tablespoon of dijon mustard and a squirt of hot sauce for a tangy kick.

Layer everything in, spread the dressing on top, cover and chill.
Works best in a big glass bowl so everyone can see how pretty your work is.
Mix right before serving, collect complements all evening :)