Merry Christmas 2006

Seasons greetings from the Simply Recipes Team: Elise, Chief Trainee in all things (“Mom, why aren’t my beans growing up the pole?” “You planted bush beans” “There’s a difference?”), “Mom”, head of Quality Assurance (“add a teaspoon of sugar to take the edge off the acidity of that sauce” or more often, “needs salt”), and “Dad”, Executive Vice President of Research and Development (“here are the 20 recipes I found on ‘how to boil an egg’ plus another one which I made up…”).

Merry Christmas, from our house to yours.

Walls for the wind,
And a roof for the rain,
And drinks beside the fire
Laughter to cheer you
And those you love near you,
And all that your heart may desire
(Irish Blessing)


  1. claire holm

    Merry Christmas to you and your family, Elise. Your blog is always informative, beautifully photographed and has recipes I can trust – but best of all it is peppered with stories about your lovely parents. On another note: I am concerned that you have released a photo of your house. I worry that you will have readers showing up at odd hours begging for food!

  2. Stacy

    From the sugar cookies we left out for Santa to the french toast we enjoyed for Christmas breakfast and the scalloped potatoes we plan to eat for supper, your blog and recipes have made our holiday grand. I feel so happy to have discovered your blog (and as an ex-pat Californian, I love the notes from home). So thank you very much for all the terrific postings and Merry Christmas to you and yours.

  3. Sonia

    Happy holidays, Elise & family! I’ve just started following your blog this year, and it’s brought me a lot of inspiration. Look forward to many more recipes in the coming year.

  4. Janet

    Merry Christmas to you and yours, Elise! I just wanted to tell you how much I love reading your blog…some of your recipes have been added to my favs :-)

  5. SAS

    Happy Holidays, Bauer Family One and All!

    Thanks for all the joy and inspiration you give us all year long. May your holidays be warm and happy, healthy and restful.

    We’ll be looking for you all on your Simply float in the New Year’s Day Rose Parade…I see you have the wave down pat!

    Much love,

  6. William L Smith

    Here’s wishing you and your family a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. Thanks for all the great recipes sent in the last year.
    Bill Smith

  7. irish

    Hi Elise- You have a lovely family. I wish you and your dear parents much good health and great joy this Christmas and New Year. Thank you for being so wonderful and so full of interesting foodie things!

  8. Chokorate

    Merry X’mas! I don’t think I’ve ever left a comment before, but I’ve been reading your blog regularly ever since I discovered my love for FOOD. Keep up the great work!

    And my, wouldn’t it be great if such a life-sized house really existed….. *drools* :Q

  9. Yasmin

    Merry Christmas to you and your parents, Elise!!

    I’ve truly enjoyed your recipes this past year…And now that I live in Boston, the notes from California remind me of being home in the Bay Area.

    Best wishes for 2007,

  10. Tami

    Hi Elise – Wishing you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Thank you for all the great recipes. Look forward to many more.

  11. Sean

    Holy crap — that is the biggest gingerbread house EVER!

    Merry Christmas to you, Elise. May your 2007 be the most delicious year yet.

  12. Rich


    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from Atlanta. Always enjoy reading your cooking blog. Great photo of your parents and yourself.

  13. Doug

    Dear Elise,

    The warmth and generousity of your blog regularly brightens my day. Merry Christmas and best wishes for a peaceful and productive 2007!

  14. Thelma

    Merry Christmas and a Healthful and Happy New Year to you and your family.I enjoy your blog keep up the good work.

  15. Evelyn

    Seasons Greetings to you and yours. Thank you for all the wonderful recipes you have shared with us this year. Health, happiness and success in the coming year.

  16. Andrea

    As usual, I find myself smiling just because I have visited your blog. Thanks for everything you share here.

    Merry Christmas and warmest wishes to you and yours! (And I love the picture!)


  17. Kalyn

    How fun seeing your mom and dad appear on the blog in person after reading about their culinary skills and general wonderfulness. Great photo of all three of you, and of course the gingerbread house is still looking good!

  18. Denise

    Absolutely love your blog – Love the pic of you guys – it’s good to put faces with the names!

    Best Wishes for a Healthy, Happy and Prosperous New Year to you all!!!

  19. Linda

    Hi Elise,

    It was by pure chance I found your blog while searching for a recipe. I now look forward to the simple recipes emails. I like reading the great recipes, interesting stories from you and comments from the rest of your gang here on the blog.

    Linda in Washington State

  20. Deb

    Elise, Hope you had a very Merry Christmas. LOVE seeing the picture of you and your parents! Thank you for all the wonderful recipes. Many wishes for a happy and healthy new year.

  21. Elizabeth

    Hi Elise,
    Wishing you and yours a merry Christmas and a new year filled with much love, peace and joy! You have a way of making me want to get in the kitchen and trying out one of your fabulous recipes! :)

  22. marsha

    I just recently discovered ‘Simply Recipes’ and I love looking up your recipes and reading your blog. I’m not a cook, yet, but you’ve inspired me many times. Maybe this year’s resolution is to try one recipe a week. You’all have a happy new year. marsha

  23. Lisa S.

    Happy Holidays to you and yours!

    Thank you for the website, I can’t tell you how many recipes I’ve made from here but it’s a lot. It’s really appreciated.

  24. John

    Merry X’mas! I don’t think I’ve ever left a comment before, but I’ve been reading your blog regularly ever since I discovered my love for FOOD. Keep up the great work!

  25. Judy B.

    Elise, just discovered your food blog and it has become my favorite site to visit when in need of a special recipe or just to visit and enjoy your pictures, recipes and personal comments. I made your Sour Cream Apple Pie for Christmas and got rave reviews – plan on making another today as it was “gone” in a hurry at the party and I only got to taste a very small piece – it is divine. Happy New Year to you and your Mom and Dad.

  26. Christine

    I was looking for a banana bread recipe and found your website! I love it…especially because my daughters name is Elise. You don’t come across too many Elise’s!

    Happy New Year.

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