Merry Christmas 2012

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  1. Karlette

    Thanks for your lovely Christmas greeting, Elise. I love your website and recipes! I eagerly look forward to emails that begin “There is/are x new post(s) in Simply Recipes.” Best wishes to you and your family for a happy, healthy, and recipe-filled 2013! Karlette

    • mildred

      Happy Holidays. I love your recipies. I have made many. They have all turned out wonderful. Love your website. Mildred

    • Sam Giliberto

      I hope everybody had a wonderful Christmas and wish each and everyone a blessed New Year!

      Sure would love to see some of those recipes from Senegal!

  2. Michael Malone

    Greetings and thanks for the Christmas and all other holiday greetings !!! I like your reflection of “not so successful” attempts of our endeavors !!! May we all try to fine tune our own recipes as well as to fine tune our love for each diverse flavor in religions and cultures !! Let Us be One in our attempt :-)

    • Lilly

      Thank you Michael for such a wonderful thought!!! I love mixing up recipes and flavors from different cultures, also because I’m a bit of a mix too, and I do think of it as bringing different cultures and people together. So thanks again to you and always thanks to Elise for all the wonderful recipes on this-my favorite blog. May you all have a great holiday season!!! Greetings from Italy ♥♡♥

  3. sandy

    Merry Christmas to all, and have a healthy prosperous New Year. Thank you so very much for all the great recipes.

  4. Larry Hill

    Thank you for the heartfelt holiday greeting. I am new to the site and look forward to joining you in some of your experiments and enjoying three of lifes greatest pleasures…Food, Friends and the best, Food and Friends Together. PEACE & JOY TO ALL

  5. Helana Brigman

    Merry Christmas Elise! I am in love with your table setting here and most find some blue glasses for my own collection! I don’t think I could have gotten through the holidays without your recipe for Sugar Cookies (I made it for the umpteenth time, and it’s just perfect). Many thanks for this and all of your posts! I can’t wait to see what you share in the new year!

  6. Scott

    Merry Christmas! I wanted to take a moment and thank you for doing what you do. Over the past few years, you have become the first place I look for recipes and we have made dozens of your family’s creations. It is safe to say that you have added to the joy in our kitchen. We are looking forward to seeing what the upcoming year brings!


  7. Andrea Winchester

    Merry Christmas to you and your loved ones Elise! This year I am making a standing rib roast for the first time and of course it is YOUR site where I come to make sure I have the proper guidance. (There is also turkey roast from Christmas Eve last night for the non beef eaters in the family).

    Thanks for your great blog, friendship, and have a blessed year.

  8. Terri

    Merry Christmas, Elise! May all the warmth of loving hearts enfold you and your family this Holiday season. Thank you for the delightful recipes and stories you share all year.

  9. Nancy from Sanibel

    Happy holidays to you and your family, made your giblets gravy recipe today, thanks for your ideas all year,

  10. Aurora E.

    Merry Christmas to you too! And thank you so much for all the wonderfull recipes you post on here. I just love to try out all those beautiful dishes you come up with. Greetings from Holland.

  11. Kristen

    Merry Christmas! We have so many cherished family meals from your site. Tonight we made beef roulade & decided it will be family Christmas tradition. Thank you.

  12. Sharon

    Merry .christmas to you as well…Simply Recipes helped make our Christmas dinner with some sweet and sour red cabbage. Simply delicious.

  13. Judy B.

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and yours, Elise. We’ve enjoyed so many of your wonderful recipes over the years and love to share them with family and friends. Cooking shouldn’t be a chore, but a labor of love, and you make it fun and informative. Thank you for everything you do to encourage good cooking and comraderie all year long. Peace and harmony to one and all.

  14. karenaperville

    Thank you for giving all of us the gift of wonderful recipes all year long, Elise. We look forward to what you’ll share with us in 2013! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!!

  15. dona Dickie

    I always look forward to reading what you guys have put up for us to try next!! It is like you know the kinds of foods that I like to make/serve/cook … and you know a better way to make it! I just love it. Please keep ‘em coming!
    dona Dickie

  16. Rebecca

    Thank you and Merry Christmas to you also! I don’t have time for many blogs, but yours is on my favorites bar and received through the RSS feed on my home page so I don’t miss anything. I look forward to another year of your fabulous posts/recipes. Bon appetit!

  17. Bronwyn

    Merry Christmas from Dunedin, New Zealand. Yesterday we basked in 30 C (86F) which may not be as hot as you might have in Summer but it was hot enough for me & then some! Cold roast chicken, pork & ham, potato salad, fresh salads with asparagus, garden peas, etc followed by many, many, many strawberries & hokey pokey ice cream. Mmmm.
    Thanks for your blog & have a fabulous holiday break whatever the weather.

  18. Marian

    Merry Christmas Elise, et all!
    Another year has come and allmost gone. Lookin g forward to new posts and recipes! I tried the mushroom pie Elise and OMG! Deeeeeeeeeeelish. I could eat a barrell of them at a time but I’ll post more about the pie on it’s page. Before I go I’d like to ask Bronwyn, what is hokey pokey ice cream? Maybe you could post a recipe fdr us sometime. ; )
    Happy New Year!

  19. Hilary Minor

    Thank you for your good wishes and for sharing your recipes. I hope 2013 brings you every success and happiness. I, too, had to smile over the “not so successful” attempts at new recipes as I had a mega-disaster with a first batch of “Polvorones”. The second batch was OK, though, but I’m determined to succeed 100% the next time round :-)

  20. joanne stone

    Wanted you to know that I made the Raspberry-Walnut Tort for Christmas Eve dinner and…you were right….it was a definate hit! Everyone LOVED it…..I enjoy your site and have found so many recipes that are wonderful…..Hope you had a marvelous Christmas day and that the new year will be fillled with blessing.

  21. Paula Francese

    All the best to you and your family in 2013 Elise. Thanks for all you do for those of us who love to cook and share the results with friends and family.
    Paula, Exeter NH

  22. Ruth

    Thanks for the Christmas wishes, and back at you. Hope yours was wonderful. Thanks for another year of wonderful recipes. I am always happy to find a new post from you in my mailbox. Every recipe I’ve tried has been a real pleaser.
    Even though I’ve been cooking for a long time, I always find your photos of steps in a recipe very helpful to make sure I’m doing things as you intended.

    Best wishes for 2013 to you and your family,

  23. Danabee

    Happy Christmas to you, too! And your folks! I’ve been reading your site longer than any other food-related site. I get a little YAY! when I have something from you in my inbox. Many of your recipes, and those of your guest bloggers, have become my family’s standards. Thank you so much.
    Dana in Petaluma, CA

  24. John Gilbert

    Thank you Elise, for your kind Christmas wishes. My family and I have enjoyed many of your recipes over the years since I first discovered your site. Thank you for your generous sharing. May you and your’s also enjoy both joyous Christmas and a wonderful New Year.

  25. Mike

    Thanks for all your help Elise. Every day, I look at your site first, to see what new delight you’ve posted. I hardly even need those dozens of cookbooks any more.

  26. Jessie

    A belated Merry Christmas to you! I have always wanted to comment, but I haven’t until now. I am a mom of five, and this site is such a blessing to my life! I have tried dozens of recipes here. This is my go-to website when I am making my grocery list. Thank you so much for such wonderful recipes! Happy 2013, Elise!

  27. Glenda

    Here are The Very Best Recipes……………..and what’s better is the great sense of community. Elise, thank you for fostering that! Wishing you and your family many blessings in 2013.

  28. Lori

    Merry Christmas! And thanks for sharing your recipes – your site is my go-to when I want to try something new, or am trying to find a recipe for a certain meat I have. Have a wonderful new year!

  29. Karrie

    Happy New Year! I love your beautiful table setting! Are there stars on your plates/chargers? May I ask where you purchased them?
    I love your website and I always check it first when looking for something new to make. Every recipe is always delicious.
    All the best to you and your family in 2013.

    • Elise

      Hi Karrie, Happy New Year to you too! That pattern is Valencia by Arabia of Finland. They’ve been out of production for a few years, but you can still find them on eBay. Hand painted, cobalt blue. I love them.

  30. Carolyn

    Every recipe has a story. I must say, Elise, sometimes I enjoy your story almost as much as your recipes! Just like “presentation” they reel me in. You are gift! Merry Christmas, Carolyn

  31. ann

    Happy new year to you and yours! Thank you for filling my family’s table with delicious dinners over the past year.

  32. Sandy

    Happy New Year Elise,
    We enjoyed 2 of your recipes for Christmas dinner,
    Roasted Butternut Squash, Radicchio, and Onion and the Strawberry walnut tart.
    My family loved them both and asked me to be sure to keep it in our Christmas menu for next year.
    Thanks for your great recipes and inspiration!
    Sandy in NH

  33. sonja

    Thank you, thank you, thank you from the bottom of my he,art, and my tummy, try most recipes, I am a recipe addict, if there is such a thing, keep them coming, I do try a lot of them. Have a wonderful 2013 to all.

  34. Susanne

    Dear Elise
    This is a wonderful blog you’ve developed! The comments of all those who have responded to your wishes are a testimony to that! I’ve never been disappointed in a recipe I have used from your blog, but I share your perspective — throw your handsd up, say, ‘There’s always next time”, and be grateful for the people around the table with you! Really beautiful table setting!! Best wishes to you and all those you love.

  35. Tita

    Elise, thank you for your kind season’s greetings and the wonderful recipes you share throughout the year. I have tried many and they all turned out to be a huge success. Wish you and your family a peaceful and exciting new year. Greetings from France


  36. Lesley

    Thank you so much for sharing not only your recipes, but your family experience. So much fun to find new ways to use everyday ingredients.

  37. D.

    Dear Elise,

    I have enjoyed your wonderful recipes throughout this past year. You know what else I have enjoyed and appreciated? I’ve been so impressed with the civility of all those who post comments on your site. It ‘s so refreshing to visit a site where people say NICE and constructive things! On that note, a very Happy New Year to one and all!

  38. Reta

    Hi Elise,

    Merry Christmas to you and your family, too. Thank you so much for writing and sharing your family recipes. We always use your recipes for planning holidays menu and everybody is so happy with the tasty dishes. As parents of a 13-year-old daughter, we’re so proud and happy when she learned and cooked your Mom’s Turkey recipe for Thanksgiving dinner. It was her first experience and the turkey turned out to be perfect–very yummy and moist. Again, she prepared dinner using the same recipe last Christmas plus learning how to make gravy and other dishes. We also baked gingerbread and sugar cookies using your simple recipes. What a wonderful experience! Thank you for this useful blog and you’re the best teacher. Happy New Year from Budapest, Hungary.

  39. Jan

    A belated Merry Christmas with my thanks for the Provençal new potato recipe that was a favorite dish at dinner. Blessings!

  40. Katie Pace

    I would like to wish you and your family a late ” Merry Christmas “. Thankyou so much for all the great recipes from your site . I have tried so many of them. You have such a loving family. It reminds me of my parents ,who are gone to heaven,when I read about your wonderful father and mother. God bless you and your family, and Happy new year too !

  41. Diane T.

    This is my go-to recipe site, Elise. You always have something interesting to share, even if the recipe is a familiar one; you include a new bit of information or hint for a technique, or when nothing says it like a picture, you include a series of photos.
    The award for the best recipe of the year goes to the Chocolate Bourbon Bundt cake!
    Continued success and all the best in the New Year to you and yours!

  42. Cheryl

    Merry Christmas to you and your family!! I love your website and love trying your recipes. Thank you much!! Looking forward to 2013! Take care Cheryl

  43. Espahan

    Thanks for helping me to make Christmas day special for my hubby, kids and grand kids. I made your stuffed beef roulades and the walnut/ raspberry tart. They were a rousing hit with everyone.
    I hope you had a wonderful Christmas, and will have an equally wonderful New Year.

  44. David Bowman

    Thanks for all the great recipes you provide for us. Hope you had a great Christmas and have a safe, healthy, Happy New Year!

  45. Marie M. Conroy

    Merry Christmas, Elise! I want to thank you so much for all your wonderful recipes — especially the family recipes. Family recipes handed down all have memories and associations. Happy, funny, warm, loving memories we give to our children, friends and neighbors. When one gets old (I’m 69) many of my happiest memories are my mother’s cooking. She was one of the world’s worst cooks! No, I’m not kidding. But I still look back and laugh at how bad it was. (Except for her Russian recipes — her native cooking.) But because of her I learned to cook well. (If that makes sense.) From one special friend who was incredible and had learned from her mother-in-law. My second teacher was Julia Child. I can’t thank her enough. I guess my point is sharing our recipes is a gift of love. Pass it around! Happy New Year!

  46. Inez Johnson

    Merry Christmas & a Happy New Year to you and your family. I want to thank you for the wonderful recipes and ideas you give me everyday. My husband and I enjoy your thoughts regularly. Inez – Inland Empire, Ca