It’s that time of year where Becca and Angela brew up some hot chocolate, set out a plate of cookies, and tuck Writers Helping Writers in for a well-earned fireside rest until 2021.
Once again, our heartfelt appreciation for your visits, kind words of support, and trust in us. We love serving the writing community through this blog, One Stop for Writers, our books, and teaching. This year’s been a tough one, but better days are coming for all of us. Let’s all find things to smile about this holiday season!
We thought it might be fun to end the year with a favorite recipe from each of us, something we always make during the holidays. And who knows, maybe you’d like to make it, too. 🙂
Becca’s Hot Spinach Dip
- 1 10-ounce package frozen chopped spinach (thawed, drained, and squeezed dry)
- 1 package cream cheese, softened
- 2 cups grated cheddar jack cheese
- 1 small grated onion
- 1 large chopped tomato
- 1/3 cup whipping cream
- Cayenne pepper—enough to give it some kick
Mix well and place in a large buttered pie plate. Cook at 350 for 30 minutes. Can also be prepped ahead and baked the morning of. Just remove from the fridge a few hours ahead of time and cook for ten extra minutes. Serve with a sourdough french round (cut into pieces) or your favorite dipping bread.
Becca says: I don’t even like spinach, but this stuff…mmmmm. If I’m not hosting, I make it for us, so I can eat it over the holidays 🙂.
Angela’s Pumpkin Pancakes
- 1 ½ cups milk
- 1 1/2 cup pumpkin puree
- 1 egg
- 2 tablespoons melted butter
- 2 tablespoons vinegar
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 4 tablespoons brown sugar
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon ground allspice (to taste)
- 1-2 teaspoon ground cinnamon (to taste)
- 1 teaspoon ground ginger (to taste – I often use more, but start here)
- ½ teaspoon salt
Mix the wet ingredients (including the pumpkin), and then add the dry. (If you want to mix the dry all together first, fill your boots!) Mix everything until combined and then slap a dollop down on a greased griddle or frying pan. Add butter, syrup, and enjoy!
Angela says: This is a staple, both for breakfast and dinner. Even people who don’t love pumpkin love these. Mr. Angela asks for these often, especially over the holidays.