Merry Christmas 2007

May Your Days Be Merry and Bright.

Okay, so the last time it snowed in Sacramento, it was the 1970s and we got all of 1 inch. But fruit? Fruit we have aplenty.

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from our kitchen to yours. May your roasts be cooked to a perfect pink (well, not your turkey roasts, no pink please), may your cookies be as crispy, chewy, or as cake-y as you like, may your jellies gel, and your custards never curdle. May you be the hostess with the most-est and the host with the perfect toast.

Stay well, safe, and warm.

~Elise and her Mom and Dad

p.s. No produce was wasted in the production of this holiday greeting. Yum!


  1. jonathan

    I’m cutting membrillo and manchego as I type, which would mean I’m either really talented or have four arms.

    It’s up to 60 on the East Coast, and any vestiges of snow from a week back are now gone, or, what remains, turned into ugly, sooty mounds on the side of the road.

    The internet is a better place because of Simply Recipes, of that I’m sure :-).

    To you and your folks, the happiest and healthiest.

  2. Felicia

    Best wishes to you and your family, now, and throughout the year. Thank you for some of the best recipes I’ve ever made!

  3. Jennifer

    Merry Christmas! Your recipe for scalloped potatoes is baking in my oven right now (it is almost lunch time on Christmas day here in Tokyo). It smells wonderful. Thank you!

  4. Susan

    How adorable! I love it!

    Merry Christmas to all of you too. Thanks so much for all of your wonderful recipes and insight. You’ve made my world a richer place.

  5. Espahan

    Merry Christmas, Elise and family. Many thanks for all the wonderful recipes. I have so enjoyed seeing some of the recipes, that have been a part of my cooking repertoire for years, re-invented here in fresh and very delicious new ways.

  6. Jessi

    Merry Christmas to you and your family Elise! Thank you for the wonderful recipes and looking forward to next year’s. :D

  7. karen

    Merry Christmas… my house is filled with warmth and wonderful aromas, thanks in part to you. I wish everyone loads of hugs today!

  8. Annie in Victoria BC

    Merry Christmas! No snow here either, just some west coast wind! Thank you for your wonderful recipes. My daughter and I had great fun with the gingerbread cookie recipe!

  9. cheryl

    hi—-long time reader—1st time commenter—lol–just wanted to say Happy Holidays and how much I love your site—– :)

  10. Andrea

    Merry Christmas Elise! Please extend my wishes to your family as well. Thanks for all the wonderful experiences and friendship you have brought my way this year.

    your friend,

  11. Lisa

    That’s simply charming! Thanks for the holiday wishes, and the same to you and your family. Here’s to more fabulous recipes in 2008!

  12. Becky Miller

    Merry Christmas Elise and thanks for making your family my family. I’ll try and send some of our snow from Northern Minnesota your way. I look forward to cooking more of your wonderful recipes this coming new year.

  13. Rachel

    Happy Christmas to you. Also I’ve had your site as one of my favorites for a couple of years now and never realized you were a fellow Sactown Gal. My favorite part of Sacramento Christmases is the tree in front of the Capitol. :)

  14. Natanya

    Merry Christmas! I made your Spanish Rice to go along with enchiladas and tamales for Christmas Eve dinner and it was a hit! Thank you for sharing your love of food with the rest of us.

  15. Michelle :)

    How cute! Happy Holidays to you and your family! Thank you for all the wonderful recipes you share and the stories that accompany them.

  16. Amy

    I love the appleman and the festive tree. I hope your holidays were wonderful and the New Year brings wonderful recipes and exciting new food ideas….(that you share with all of us!)

  17. Katherine Williamson

    Thank you for your wonderful recipes, and good writing. You are an inspiration to me, in Atlanta. A dear friend from high school lives in Sacramento.

    She was just diagnosed with Stage 4 breast cancer, and has undergone chemo. She is such a trooper. I am going to tell her about Simply Recipes. I think it would cheer her up.

    If you’re ever in Atlanta, or North Carolina, let me know.

    Kind Regards

  18. chigiy

    Merry New Year and Happy Christmas.
    That is the cutest picture.
    Somehow it makes me think of a punchline to a joke. Like: “I’m sorry kids, Frosty’s still frozen but he’ll be a vegetable for the rest of his life.”
    The broccoli tree is great.
    My kids still call broccoli trees.

  19. Donna Klump

    As I was making your French Onion Soup this afternoon, our daughter Susan called to say Happy New Year from her home in Mannheim, Germany. I had forwarded the “Snow in Sacramento” link and she said, “Their snowman looked just like the one Karen and I made!” Bob and I lived in Sacramento for 40 years before moving to Colorado to be near Karen and her family. I found your link in the Bee food section and it is one of my favorites! Thanks so much.
    P.S. The girls went to El Camino H.S. and the soup is great!

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