Here we are less than two weeks before Christmas day and time is flying. Did you know that it has been scientifically proven that time actually speeds up this time of year? Well, not really, but it sure does seem like it. I must confess that I love Christmas. I love the crafting and the cooking and all the little touches that make the season special. I remember one year not so long ago, or maybe it was in another life, where I actually made paper to wrap presents. Made the paper. With a blender and a rolling pin! My gifts looked spectacular, pin-worthy even (that is, if Pinterest would have been invented then). All that changed in a heartbeat, when – you guessed it – I had kids. It’s pretty hard to get enthusiastic about making wrapping paper when Momma is up all night with a teething baby!
It was in those early days of babies, diapers and new Mommy angst that I forged a strong bond with my good friend Paola. She and I were foodies before it was hip to be foodies. The first time I ever met Paola was at a poolside summer dinner at her house. One taste of her sour cherry pie, and I was pretty sure I had found a kindred spirit. You can follow her on twitter @paolastgeorges. She’s French Canadian (oo la la, eh!) and still to this day a super cool foodie and all around fun gal! One thing Poala and I soon discovered is that it was possible to be a Martha Stewart, without the staff of a billion people, if you knew the short cuts. Paola introduced me to food processor pate brisee and I am pretty sure I introduced her to marshmallow fluff fudge. Paola and I found out that even when the month of December was filled with sick kids, Christmas concerts and a house that needed cleaning, you could pull off Christmas baking like a pro with easy to make snickerdoodles, almond bars and that aforementioned marshmallow fluff fudge! The trio has become our own perfect trinity of Christmas baking in a rush!
Another thing Poala introduced me to was the most delicious, simple, and easy appetizer ever, and I have been making it to rave reviews ever since. It’s called Onion Cheese Bites and it’s from a cookbook called Pam Cooks. Through the magic of the internet I was able to contact the author, Pam Collacott, and ask if I could share the recipe with the ImperfectWomen readers. To my delight she said yes! While the original cookbook this recipe comes from is now out of print, Pam has another cookbook out you can order from her website www.pamcooks.com. It’s called “Buns in the Oven: Great Recipes for Today’s Families” and she wrote it as a fundraiser for an organization that she volunteers with that helps out young families at risk. All of the profits from the book sales go to the program.
- ¾ cup grated Parmesan cheese (Parmesan Reggiano for the best flavour)
- ½ cup minced green onion
- ½ cup light mayonnaise
- Pepper, to taste
- 1 baguette cut into 24 slices, ¾ -inch thick
- Mix first 5 ingredients well.
- Spread about 1 ½ teaspoons of mixture on each baguette slice.
- Place on a baking sheet.
- Broil 3 to 5 minutes or until puffed and bubbly.
- Serve hot.
Make ahead tip from Pam – Assemble Onion Cheese Bites on a baking tray early in the day, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate. Pop them under the broiler just as your guests arrive and you’ll be munching in no time!