I’m all set. Well, mostly.
I have to start this post with a huge thank-you to Virtual Vino, a small Calgary company that operates out of Rocky Mountain Wine, Spirits & Beer, which is next door to Long & McQuade, so I’m always poking around while Mike shops for drum skins. I ordered and picked up all this wine last week, after discovering last year that doing so made December far easier, and saved a ton of time and money.
But what I really appreciate is that they’re familiar with what I do, and they reached out and asked if I could help spread the word about they do by doing more of what I do—coming up with some holiday food ideas to share with you guys-and they would sponsor it. Because what I do it fits so well with what they do – curate good wines and package them up in fun six-packs you can peruse online, order at an amazing discount (the kind generally reserved for buying single wines by the case), and pick up or have them delivered to your house. (Also! You can order wine for someone else and have it delivered to them, which is just about the best present I can imagine.) I know some people get squirmy over ads, but the truth of it is the lack of them is what’s killing print media and small publications. I really appreciate the support, as I’m about to drop another $3500 on a site redesign, hosting costs money every year, and while I love spending time here, other story assignments tend to get prioritized because they pay the bills. So yay for companies like Virtual Vino for supporting local producers and local media, and especially for just letting me run with my ideas, without asking for special messaging – it means I got to spend a day doing what I love most—cooking and baking, and sharing it all with you guys. With wine. Win-win-win-win-win! (Wine-wine-wine-wine-wine-wine!) I posted a bunch of these recipes and ideas over on Instagram stories, and highlighted them so they’ll stick around for awhile.
So. The way I see it, there are a number of holiday situations that require food, and all of them can be made easier by having done some advance prep and planning. There are the parties, of course, that require a nice bottle of wine and something for the host and often an appetizer/dessert/nibbly thing as well. There’s the big feast, and sometimes more than one if you have more than one set of relatives or friends close enough to call family. There may be extra people hanging around the house, maybe even sleeping over, and kids home from school for two weeks. There are teachers, coaches, mail delivery people, and a million scenarios in which I want to grab something for someone I see over the holidays to let them know I appreciate them. And there are cookie swaps and Christmas carol sing-alongs, and Christmas Eve. And you always want something special for Christmas morning, but don’t want to be stuck in the kitchen (thus the invention of Christmas Morning Wifesaver, which was never a thing in our house). And OMIGOSH I LOVE CHRISTMAS SO MUCH, and we haven’t even got to New Year’s Eve.
So let’s go through them all, because I feel like there are things – frozen cookie and pastry dough, spiced nuts, preserves, antipasto – that can be tucked away to address any number of the above scenarios.
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