It has been months… and the tomatoes are all gone. Thank goodness the ladies over at Canal House have released the newest volume of their Canal House Cookbook No. 2: Fall & Holiday (all decked out in gold). Volume No. 2 is the perfect holiday gift, but don’t wait until Christmas to begin giving out copies. These dishes look delicious and we recommend sharing them with family and friends in the upcoming weeks.
We loved the simplicity of the ingredients and the easy preparation we found in the Summer volume’s recipes. Volume No. 2, though, is an entirely different animal. Fall & Holiday are for entertaining in a big way – and Hamilton & Hirsheimer provide everything you need to know to host an unforgettable Thanksgiving, Christmas & New Year’s celebration. The dishes are bit more complicated and labor intensive than those in the previous volume… we spotted several French recipes – coq au vin (made with rooster), etc.- which might intimidate the casual cook. But the authors do a wonderful job of holding the reader’s hand and walking him/her through the steps gently. They’ve also included familiar favorites like sweet potato pie, turkey and homemade cranberry sauce. All the traditional staples of the season are represented – and a generous assortment of baked goods and mixed drink recipes that your guests will appreciate.
Normally, we’re not big cookbook fans. So we’re not sure what it is about the Canal House Cookbooks that’s grabbed us. It could be the beautiful photographs and illustrations, the yummy recipes or the warm and friendly way they are written. It could be how this particular volume has somehow captured that sense of coziness associated with cooking at home – don’t ask us how. Or the way the recipes feel so traditional, yet modern at the same time – again, don’t ask us how. Whatever it is, we recommend you experience it for yourselves. Here’s a link to Canal House Cooking Vol. No. 2 – Fall & Holiday. The authors have provided some sample recipes from the book, including Roast Duck & Potatoes and a Chocolate Gingerbread. Mmmmm…. sounds like Sunday dinner.