Rachael Ray Roundup

I hope you had a very Merry Christmas! My experience cooking dinner with an infant was, shall we say, a challenge. Darcy wasn't willing to wait until the green beans were done to eat herself. So selfish, huh? I pretty much found a way to mess up almost every dish I made. Despite doing so, dinner still turned out pretty darn well. (Dessert on the other hand, ended up in the trash).

The only item on our menu that wasn't from Rachael Ray was Food Network Kitchens' Roasted Fresh Ham with Cider Glaze. I made a royal mess of it, but it still turned out better than any ham I've ever had! The onions ended up charred, there were no pan drippings for a sauce (just fat was in the pan), I forgot to start the glaze on time and I couldn't get it syrupy. So, no onions and no sauce, but still great ham!

Our side dishes were all from Rachael Ray: Cider Sweet Potatoes (outstanding and the only thing I didn't mess up), Green Bean Casserole (forgot the chips until it was already half eaten), Apple and Onion Stuffin' Muffins (couldn't get them to stay muffin shaped so they all fell apart), and Sticky Toffee Pudding (I added an extra stick of butter by mistake so it was super heavy and fell in the oven, then ended up in the trash). And I pretty much boiled over every pot, where possible.

Despite all this drama, dinner was tasty and fun! Darcy didn't nap at all because of all the commotion and new toys, so I think I was a little distracted while cooking. Hey, I'm still learning, right? If you made any Rachael Ray dishes for your Christmas meal, share the results in the comments.

Here are some Rachael Ray posts from around the blogosphere this week. If you see a post that you think would be good for the Roundup, or you write one yourself, e-mail me so I can be sure to include it.
  • Stephany of Realistic Eats was wowed by the recipe for Gnocchi with Braised Mushrooms and Peas from Every Day with Rachael Ray.
  • Hostess with the Mostest (who I was a college classmate of mine, oddly enough) offers some ideas for white chocolate holiday treats, including the White Chocolate-Rum Shake from Every Day with Rachael Ray.
  • KT of A Hungry Bear made Breaded Pork Chops with Sage Cream Gravy. I added the recipe to my list!
  • Nikki at Pennies on a Platter adapated a recipe for Chocolate Biscotti from Every Day with Rachael Ray.
  • Sally guest blogged at Stacey Snacks and made Rachel Ray's Cod & Shrimp Stoup with Vinegar Mashed Potatoes.
  • Karri of Journeys by Karri adapted the recipe for Eggplant Steaks Parmigiana a la Ringo from Rachael Ray's talk show for Christmas dinner.

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