Merry Christmas 2012


Merry Christmas 2012!

Photography Credit: Elise Bauer

Merry Christmas, Seasons Greetings, Happy Holidays to one and all!

May the peace and joy of the season be with you now, and always.

Another year is coming to a close, and once again I reflect on how truly blessed we are.

Thank you for stopping by this little site of ours, for trying the recipes, for sharing your ideas and feedback. Hopefully most of them worked out well for you. Cooking is always an experiment, even if you’ve made something a zillion times.

We take delight when the experiment is successful, mostly because of the pleasure we are able to give to others through the serving of great food. When the experiment goes awry, we throw up our hands, laugh, and say to ourselves, better luck next time!

Christmas Eve table set at Simply Recipes. A blue table setting!

Christmas Eve table set at Simply Recipes

Here’s to another year of experiments, may they be successful, and may your table be full and happy. Cheers! ~Elise

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Elise Bauer

Elise Bauer is the founder of Simply Recipes. Elise launched Simply Recipes in 2003 as a way to keep track of her family's recipes, and along the way grew it into one of the most popular cooking websites in the world. Elise is dedicated to helping home cooks be successful in the kitchen. Elise is a graduate of Stanford University, and lives in Sacramento, California.

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  1. 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

  2. Bureaucrat

    Happy Christmas and NY to you and your family :)

    Thank you for keeping my days interesting with your recipes and wonderful food photography!


  3. 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!

  4. 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!

  5. 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.

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