Apple Cherry Gruyere Crostini

Apple Cherry Gruyere Crostini from Order in the Kitchen

Remember when I told you we had a whole bunch of Gruyere?  Like A LOT?  Well, I couldn’t let it go to waste.  I try really hard not to let food go to waste, especially if it’s ingredients and not a composed dish.  And ESPECIALLY if it’s an ingredient as amazing as Gruyere.  It’s seriously the best ever.  I could eat it plain… and I’m going to because seriously there is so.much.left. (not complaining). So I decided to make some crostini to have a delicious treat for your Christmas or New Year’s party that brings some brightness to the table.  Because who doesn’t love colorful food you can eat in a few bites?  And with some champagne?  This would be divine. (more…)

This Week on “The Docket”

IMG_5209This week was crazy you guys! I went down to Georgia to present our business plan for Order in the Kitchen to a group of potential investors. I brought the Sweet Heat Truffles with me and everyone loved them! We didn’t win, but we learned a lot and I think we did really well! I was so proud of my little sister!

The rest of the days of the week were devoted to my law practice and I got SO much done this week in that respect.  Thursday we went to dinner at Matt’s boss’s house and it was absolutely amazing!  His wife was the most incredible hostess and cook… basically she’s my inspiration.  I brought some truffles with me (apparently this is what I do now), but they were a different variety and I’ll be sharing them soon because they were out of this world.

Last night I had a google hangout date with my girl Phi and we of course had the best.time.ever.  My sister came back into town on Friday and Friday night we made part of a recipe and prepped another so that yesterday we could make three recipes and today we’ve made two! Now we are off to go Christmas shopping because I’ve been so bad and haven’t done nearly enough to prepare for Christmas because my schedule has been fairly hectic!

What are your plans for the holidays? Are you traveling? Staying put? What will you and your family be eating? I can’t wait for Christmas (my love language is receiving gifts, after all!) So what are you guys going to be up to?

Sweet Heat Truffles

Sweet Heat Truffles by Order in the KitchenI have to confess something to you.  I have never made truffles.  They always seemed so intimidating and impossible.  Like HOW do they make those beautiful little truffles of chocolate so beautiful and perfect?  I’m still not quite ready to try the fancy ones with ganache and drizzled patterns, but I feel a small sense of accomplishment (okay a big sense of accomplishment) for taking these babies on and for making some actually pretty delicious truffles! (more…)

Russian Tea

This holiday Russian Tea recipe by Order in the Kitchen is the perfect way to cozy up this holiday!I made this tea because it was near and dear to my mom’s heart.  She kept going on and on about this holiday tea recipe that her mom used to make at Christmas called Russian Tea…Honestly the only thing I knew about Russian Tea was that there is a place called The Russian Tea Room in NYC and that Carrie had some of it on SATC.  I’m clearly in the know here… (more…)

Gruyere Granny Smith Grilled Cheese

Gruyere Granny Smith Grilled Cheese from Order in the Kitchen

This grilled cheese sandwich is serious unbelievable.  In the best way possible.  My mom said it was the best sandwich she had ever had and that if Panera sold it she would eat there every day.  I immediately reminded her that she had the ingredients to make about 5 more, so don’t rush off to Panera!  And she has these ingredients for one very hilarious reason. (more…)

#FBCookieSwap: Dark Chocolate Peppermint Thins

Dark Chocolate Peppermint Thins

The day has arrived!  The day that all of the amazing bloggers who participated in the Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap post their recipes!  I was SO excited to participate this year and I can’t wait to share my recipe for these Dark Chocolate Peppermint Thins and also share with you the links to all the other cookies in the swap!  If you just want to gawk at pictures, be sure to check out the #fbcookieswap hashtag on Instagram.  Here we go! (more…)

This Week on “The Docket”

Order in the Kitchen holidays

This week was straight craziness. I had so much going on at work so I was incredibly grateful that I had spent so much time planning ahead two weekends ago, because I barely had time for the blog at all, and when I did, I was pretty tired.  I did get a chance to have an amazing Google Hangout girls night in with my bestie Phi and decorated my new Christmas tree that my friend Arpita and her husband helped me pick out :)   (more…)

Present Sense Impressions: Sweet Treats

Present Sense Impressions: Sweet TreatsI don’t know about y’all but the closer I get to Christmas the bigger my sweet tooth. It could be because of the Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap, which led me to get 3 dozen cookies in the mail (I also sent out 3 dozen…stay tuned for recipe on Monday…in the adorable little tins I featured earlier this week).

Anyway, there are so many amazing sweet treats that I have to share with you this week because I’m hoping that by spreading the love I can stave off the pounds I’m gaining just by drooling over all of these things!

My girl Phi over at SweetPhi Blog has posted like a million delicious sweet treats just this week alone!  I am dying over these Sea Salt Turtle Cups are my ultimate favorite.  I’m hoping that by commenting on them, tweeting them, and sharing them here that she will pick up my not so subtle hint that I want her to bring these with her when we get together in January for my bachelorette weekend.  She also made Sugar Cut-Out Cookies that actually hold their shape.  I wish I had this recipe several weeks ago when I made those Airplane Cookies and my first batch was an utter failure.  She also made Pecan Snowball Cookies and it’s the first time I want someone to throw snowballs at me…to land in my mouth…to devour a dozen in one sitting.  I should not be left unattended at Phi’s house… especially with such sweet tasty cocktails laying around like these Nutcracker Cocktails…although I’d probably need about three of those to work up the confidence to attempt to make these Graham Cracker Gingerbread Houses.  I doubt I’m nearly as talented at building those as Phi’s sweet husband.

I’m also wanting to shove about 20 of these Whoopie Pies with Peppermint Cream into my mouth, only taking a break to devour these Mint Chocolate Covered Oreos.  I need those NOW.  Like immediately.  But I have to run 8 miles today instead.  Poor me.  And while we are on the topic of peppermint, I have to confess something.  I used to HATE peppermint.  Like I thought Candy Canes were gross and disgusting until I discovered peppermint bark like 4 years ago.  Yes…I disliked peppermint until my mid-twenties.  Now I can’t get enough!  All I want right now are these No-Bake Peppermint Bark Cookies served alongside these Candy Cane Sugar Cookies, finished off with this Chocolate Peppermint Bundt Cake.  And while we are on the topic of chocolate…throw in this Dark Chocolate Salted Caramel Oreo Pie and I’m in heaven.

This is Lynn, signing off…10 pounds heavier than at the start of this post.  What are you drooling over this week?!  Have any desserts you want me to share?  Let me know!

Easiest Peppermint Bark

Peppermint Bark by Order in the KitchenThis recipe is so easy it’s frightening.  It took me about 2 minutes of microwave time and then just 2 hours of waiting around time (which in my world means 2 hours of developing four other recipes in the meantime).  I’m seriously in love with bark.  I could make it every day because it’s so easy and this peppermint variety is no exception!  I literally have a bark planned every month for the next 6 months so get ready, it’s about to get bark-raving mad up in here!  Sorry, that was cheesy but I couldn’t help it.  Now let’s dive into the good stuff shall we? (more…)

Gingerbread Candied Bacon

Gingerbread Candied Bacon by Order in the Kitchen

I originally guest posted this bacon over on SweetPhi Blog last Friday to help out my bestie, but here it is in case you missed it!

Y’all let me tell you about this bacon!  It came about because I was making these Cinnamon Pumpkin Waffles with Bacon Maple Syrup (yum) and I just thought well why don’t I make some real bacon as well?  I still had lots of leftover Torani syrups and decided to use the Gingerbread one to make a candied bacon.  The results were nothing short of extraordinary, and the ingredients made for excellent pictures (also, this was my first weekend with my new DSLR so I’ve upgraded from using my iPhone you guys!)  It’s really my sister’s camera that she’s generously letting me borrow but still…it’s “my new camera” for the foreseeable future.  And I’m in love… (more…)

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