Written by Jen:
There’s a blurb (I really hate to call it an actual article, as it’s so short) on Yahoo News today about cutting the calories in traditional holiday dishes, such as using margarine instead of butter or Splenda instead of sugar.
I have an even better idea. Instead of putting fake crap in our foods, what if we all agree to enjoy real foods, but in reduced portions?
For example, every Christmas Eve, my husband makes a Buche de Noel (the Christmas log). Forget about those heavy dried out cakes you might see at the grocery store. I’m talking about a melt-in-your-mouth sponge cake that’s frosted in chocolate mousse, with meringue “mushrooms” and even a little powdered sugar “snow” sprinkled on. The primary ingredients are eggs, flour, sugar, chocolate, and whipping cream. Substituting egg beaters for eggs, Splenda for sugar, and plastic-y brown stuff for chocolate would utterly ruin the recipe. This is hands-down my favorite food of Christmas. Will I be enjoying it this year? Yes, most emphatically so. However, I will be enjoying small slivers, not huge hunks.
So here’s my challenge to you all: Bake your families’ favorites. Enjoy the holiday and the foods that go with it. Just don’t overindulge too much.