Happy Saturday, friends!
Whether you're finishing up your Christmas shopping or rounding out the
final days of Hanukkah, it's safe to say we're all feeling the holiday heat
right now. Work holiday parties, family gatherings, dinners out with
friends, hours and hours of (hopefully online?) shopping — this season is
all about commitments. Time commitments, energy commitments, caloric
commitments... it's like we're all in a relationship with December, and
December just decided we're ready to take the next step.
Don't get me wrong — I love the holidays. But this month is just
exhausting. There's no way around it. And as someone who prides herself on
her ability to whip up Christmas cookies and throw together a holiday
playlist at the drop of a Santa hat, even I can get overwhelmed.
One of the quickest ways to stress me out right now? BYOD (bring your own
dish) Holiday Parties. This potluck-style scenario stresses me out, without
fail, December after December. Maybe it's a deep-seeded control issue, but
I would MUCH rather have a host tell me exactly what to bring (chicken
wings, toasted bread, a whole chocolate cake, Moscow Mules) than let each
guest decide on his/her own. It's just... risky.
So in an effort to minimize unnecessary stress during this time of
mostly-necessary stress, I like to come up with go-to recipes for these
BYOD events. An appetizer, a dessert, a side dish, even a specialty
cocktail or two (if it's that type of holiday party).
Enter: buckwheat blinis, aka your new favorite appetizer. Your new favorite
Blinis, which are essentially Russian pancakes, are fairly-new to me, but
man am I welcoming them with open arms. And so simple! Just mix up the
batter, let it rest for an hour, and cook 'em up like mini pancakes. Then
whip up the dairy-free cheese with fresh parsley, roast the cranberries
with fresh herbs, and assemble those blinis. Could not be easier, wh