Pierogi, Braised Carrots, Green Beans, Pear & Celery Soup, Cheddar Biscuits, Nog Cookies, Clothespin Pastries, World Peace Cookies
Pierogi (Potato & Smoked Maitake Mushroom)
Pear & Celery Soup with Fried Leeks
World Peace Cookies
This is why we made/froze so many Pierogi when we bought those huge maitake mushrooms over the summer -- we knew the holiday season would require these pierogies to be complete, and they did not disappoint. ;)
To start, Liz made a delightfully creamy soup of poached pears and braised celery topped with fried leeks that was paired with a cheddar biscuit (zested Sheese).
To round out the evening, a classic trio of cookies/pastries: the always elegant Clothespin Pastries (puff pastry filled with a buttercream frosting), World Peace Cookies (adapted from Dorie Greenspan) and the two part Nog Cookies (adapted from Tish Boyle).
Here's a close-up of the Clothespin Pastries.
Then we opened presents: I got a huge box of odd cookbooks from my sister-in-law. ;)
Also, here's the mushroom plates without the pierogies on them...