December 18, 2014

Holidays Around the Web

December 17, 2014

Fish House Punch for a Party

Fish House Punch | The Naptime Chef

Today I am here to talk punch. Punch is always a welcome addition to any party. It is a nice break from regular bar drinks and a pretty punch bowl always adds to any festive atmosphere. At our party earlier this month I served huge batches of Fish House Punch from my grandmother’s punch bowl which was on loan from my parents. It is an old-school punch recipe from Philadelphia that my parents served at their own Christmas soirees. Let me tell you, there are some stories from those events that are still being told three decades later! As you might guess, a lot of those stories stared with this punch. It goes down smooth, lights up your cheeks, and creeps up on you. Don’t be surprised if you throw off your shoes and start dancing the night away after two glasses.

December 16, 2014

Peppermint French Silk Pie

Peppermint French Silk Pie | The Naptime Chef

This month, more than any other, I find myself carrying desserts all around town. Whether it is homemade dessert sauces for friends, or a gorgeous pie for a mid-December luncheon, there is always a reason to serve up something sweet. One of the treats I’ve been revisiting this season is French Silk Pie. It is so easy to make – no baking! – and always tastes amazing. Some people get concerned about it since the eggs aren’t baked, but I have a special trick for dealing with that.

December 15, 2014

Ho! Ho! Ho! Magimix Red Vision Toaster Giveaway!

I am so excited to give you another chance at one of my favorite giveaways from last year: a Magimix Vision Toaster in red!! Last year I was given a toaster to try and I absolutely love it. It toasts bread beautifully on the outside and keeps the inside of the bread warm and soft. I seriously have never used a toaster like it and still use mine daily. This week my friends at Magimix are pleased to be giving away a fresh new toaster in cherry red to one lucky winner. Is there anything better for the holiday season? I think not!

Magimix Vision Toaster

To enter to win:

1) Leave a comment sharing your favorite way to eat toast.

2) Follow Kelsey Banfield on Facebook and subscribe to my newsletter on the upper right hand corner.

3) BONUS ENTRY: Follow Magimix on Twitter “@MagimixUSA”

4) Contest runs from December 15th at 7:00am through December 22nd at 7:00am. Winner will be announced in the December 26th newsletter. Good luck!

(Disclosure: I was sent a toaster in 2013 to try out and still love it. The opinions are expressed are entirely my own.)

December 12, 2014

Hot Tip: Whole Foods for the Holidays

Since we just wrapped homemade gift week I wanted to share a few tips for things you can pick up just in case you don’t have time to get in the kitchen. There are days when even the most organized of us are busy and need an ace-in-the-hole to fall back on. When this happens to me I pick up a few sweets at Whole Foods. All of these delicious items can be found at Whole Foods Markets and they won’t break the budget. Here are some of my favorites:

Orange Crisps

Pear Entertaining

Pear & Orange Crisps: Perfect for nibbling on with wine, or pairing with your perfect cheese plate.

December 11, 2014

2014 Gift Guide Summary!

The Naptime Chef Gift Guide

In case you missed them, here are my 2014 gift guides. I’ve also included a few more gift guides I love from around the web:

Gift Guide #1: For Your Best Pal

Gift Guide #2: For Your Husband

Gift Guide #3: For Your Kids

Gift Guide #4: For Your Mom

Gift Guide #5: For Your Dad

Homemade Gift: Lime Cornmeal Shortbread Bars

Homemade Gift: Spiced Rum Dessert Sauce

Don’t forget my Homemade Gifts recipe section for lots of more kitchen gift ideas!

And a few more I love from around the web:

The Simple Bites 2014 Cookbook Gift Guide

Tomboy Style: Kaufmann Mercantile gifts for under $50

Food52 Provisions Gift Guide: For the Gardener

Cup of Jo Gift Guide: For Your Sister

Hey Natalie Jean Gift Guide: Tiny Jewels

Sacramento Street Gift Guide: For the Home

The Fine Little Day Shop: Gift Guide for the Family

My 2013 Gift Guides….Mom, Son, Daughter, Husband

December 10, 2014

Homemade Gift #2: Lime Cornmeal Shortbread

Lime Shortbread Bars | The Naptime Chef

It simply wouldn’t be a holiday without an awesome Christmas cookie or three. I’ve always thought that shortbread is a great cookie to give away to people. It is sturdy, festive, and the flavor improves with time. This year I fell hard for a new shortbread recipe that uses a generous dose of cornmeal in addition to the regular butter/flour/sugar ratio. The cornmeal gives it added texture and makes it touch chewier, which I welcome. It is flavored with lots of fresh lime zest and a little vanilla extract, welcome departures from the heavy chocolate and peppermint favorites of the season. To gift these to friends, secure them in paper boxes or cello bags or any other creative container you have on hand.