Seasonal Recipe

Winter Solstice 2019
Yule, Yuletide, Midwinter’s Day, Gwyl Canol Gaeaf

As the longest night closes in around us on Winter Solstice, we gather with loved ones in the glow and warmth of our hearth, the heart of our home. Sipping a warm brew and sharing sweets brings joy. Partaking with our kith and kin brings comfort. Toast to the coming year, singing out our hopes for our family, the family of man and our precious Mother as she welcomes her son, the Lord of Light.

Winter Solstice Menu
Ginger Beer
Sliced apples and pears
Fruit dip
Ham topped with pineapple and cloves
Pumpkin spoon bread
Oven roasted Brussel Sprouts
Beets and greens salad
Chocolate tart

Fruit Dip
8 oz. cream cheese
2 Tbsp orange juice
1/4 cup brown sugar (more or less to taste)
1/2 tsp. nutmeg

In medium mixing bowl beat all ingredients together with a hand mixer. Serve with fruit slices.

Beets and Greens Salad
6 Beets, scrubbed well
6 cups arugula
1/2 cup toasted walnuts

Place scrubbed beets in foil. Roast in 400-degree oven for one hour. Removed and allow to cool. Peel beets, cut in half and slice. Wash and spin arugula. Place in a large bowl. Top with beets and walnuts. Toss with vinaigrette.

In a jar combine the following:
1/2 cup olive oil
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
1 Tbsp honey
2 tsp. Dijon mustard
1/8 tsp. dry thyme leaves, crushed with mortar
salt and pepper to taste

Shake until completely combined.