Seasonal Sundays (Week 01) Happy New Year!

Prepare to welcome the New Year, a collection of holiday and post-holiday recipes and ideas. Happy New Year's to All!
Seasonal Sundays ♥, a seasonal collection of recipes and ideas.

Welcome to Seasonal Sundays!

Well, hey there, 2020. You are real now, even if it'll be weeks before we reflexively write 2020 instead of 2019, even if it's unconscionable unbelievable that 2020 isn't far in some future life, that the worry of Y2K is now two decades past.

This week is one of straddling, December into January, the time off for the holidays and back to work, the old year and the new, even the 2010s careening into the 2020s.

For some, it's holding tight to the holidays, the festivities of the next few days, often low-key but often Instagram-exciting.

But for others, it's already a time for taking stock, turning the calendar, making a fresh start, taking a stand, just gettin' on with life.

And for me, no glam, no glitter, just a quiet time of simple but deep gratitude, looking back on the year that shall soon be fully in the past, wanting to hang tight onto the highs of love and health and family, the lows already blurring into nothingness.

And for me, Kitchen Parade readers guide and focus that gratitude. Every day, but especially at the end of a year of renewal for both Kitchen Parade and A Veggie Venture, I'm grateful that you welcome my work into your InBoxes and kitchens, that you see yourself and your own food sensibility in my recipes, that you take those recipes and make them fully your own.

And you? ♥ How do you mark the ending of one year and the beginning of another? Are you full of resolution? Or is January 1 just another day ...

My wish for you is all the good things you reach for and hope for and strive for ...


Pick One is for those of us overwhelmed by life's unending choices. If that resonates, then check out this one recipe and then call it a day. It's one that I think could make the most difference, the one I hope will become a regular in your kitchen, as it is in mine.

Cranberry Apple Crisp ♥, my signature dessert during cold weather. A classic sweet apple crisp, punched up cranberries and brandy-soaked currants, bright with citrus and ginger.

This is no every-day apple crisp, it's one worthy of occasions yet takes mere minutes to make. Serve it warm and you just might hear ... silence.

Let's Ring In the New Year!

Lazy Man's Ciopinno ♥, a simple but celebration-worthy stew packed with fresh fish and fresh shrimp in a light tomato-y broth. Low Carb. High Protein. Very Weight Watchers Friendly.

My hand-picked collection of New Year's recipe ideas covers, I think, the range. Casual gatherings at home. Romantic dinners in. Big parties and small parties elsewhere, with a dish to carry.

But here are a few highlights, the first two are definitely make-ahead comfort food, I made both for our Christmas and oh! they're so good. They're also super-big in flavor but also super-healthy because, well, it'll soon be January after all and wouldn't we now rather invest our calories in a sweet ending?

The third is what I have in mind for our own New Year's meal, given my husband's it's-just-another-day mindset. Me? I'm going for special, just at home ...

Best Recipe of 2019

My Everyday Creamy Herb Salad Dressing, another Master Recipe ♥, quick, easy meal prep. Low Carb. Weight Watchers Friendly. Naturally Gluten Free.

This is the time of year when food bloggers highlight their "best recipes" of the past year. I l-o-v-e pouring through other bloggers' lists and once upon a time, I loved creating my own.

But when my elderly father came to live with us in 2016, new recipes moved to the backburner (heh-heh) and so I started to pick just one recipe per year as the "best recipe of the year" – the single most useful recipe of the entire year. Just one!

For 2019, there's no question! It's the salad dressing I make over and over again for meal prep, never the same twice, My Everyday Creamy Herb Salad Dressing!

A Little Love & Attention

Green Chile Scrambled Eggs, another easy, healthy breakfast ♥, just eggs jacked up with extra protein and green chiles. Weekday Easy, Weekend Special. Low Carb. High Protein. Weight Watchers Friendly. Gluten Free.

But if there were an honorable mention for Best Recipe of 2019, it would be Green Chile Scrambled Eggs, an extra high-protein skillet breakfast adapted from the much-loved make-ahead breakfast casserole, Easy Green Chile Egg Casserole, you know, the breakfast casserole without bread!

So if you're always on the lookout for easy, healthy breakfasts, just know that we love these simple scrambled eggs jacked up with extra protein and green chiles, either from a can (so convenient) or just-roasted Anaheim, poblano or Hatch chiles or even a simple green pepper (so seasonal). Add a warm tortilla and a little avocado, it's a breakfast feast.

Funny thing is? These scrambled eggs just didn't capture your imagination. They really do deserve a little extra love and attention. How about a second chance?!

Seasonal Showcase: Winter Drinks

Glöggi, the Mulled Wine ♥, served hot in Nordic countries during winter.

During the holidays, coffeeshops in Finland serve not only the usual coffee and hot chocolate but also ... swoon ... hot red wine, the mulled wine so popular across the Nordic countries and also in Germany, Austria and other cold-weather climes.

It's hard to come by in the U.S. although once-upon-a-time, my husband talked a bartender in a Chicago hotel into making some for me during an otherwise slow and snowy afternoon before New Year's. Sweet, yes?

But most of all, I remember a last-minute trip to Finland (where I was an exchange student during high school) at New Years to see my Finnish host mother, who had just revealed a diagnosis of fast-moving Alzheimer's. Her daughter, my dear friend Ritva, and I sat in a coffeeshop grappling with the news and the ramifications. We sipped on warm red wine (just one glass, this stuff is potent!) as snow softly fell on the near-dark city outside our window seats.

Make some memories with hot red wine, why don't you? ♥

There's an App for That

Collage made with images turned into watercolor paintings with the app called Waterlogue

For a few years, I've been loving an app called Waterlogue from Tinrocket which turns even so-so phone photos into works of art. I love this app! It works right on your phone, works in seconds and is easy to save to your photoroll.

FYI I do find that people shots can be a little odd with Waterlogue, faces can be a little blobby.

Tinrocket has other interesting-looking photo apps too and whoah, I just realized that there's a Mac version of Waterlogue too. I'm on it ...

I really want to record the last few years of my photos turned into watercolors in a hardcopy Blurb book. Blurb is my favorite way to move pictures off my desktop onto printed pages, the books are just gorgeous, I've done several for gifts and just for myself.

For the record, this is NOT a sponsored post. I'm just sharing an app I love and use because, well, it just might inspire you too!

Take a screen shot of your phone home pages

Another idea? At least for those of us who change out our phone home pages often?

Take a screen shot of each new home page, then collect the screen shots or sure, create a Blurb book.

PS Isn't that a lovely shot? My sister took it the day of my cancer surgery, me reaching for my husband's hand afterward.

Just Updated!

Quick Cauliflower Soup (or Broccol Soup) ♥, quick delicious soup made with just five ingredients, starring either broccoli or cauliflower or a combination! Vegan. Gluten Free. Weight Watchers Friendly.

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Kitchen Parade is written by second-generation food columnist Alanna Kellogg and features fresh, seasonal dishes for every-day healthful eating and occasional indulgences. Quick Suppers are Kitchen Parade favorites and feature recipes easy on the budget, the clock, the waistline and the dishwasher. Do you have a favorite recipe that other Kitchen Parade readers might like? Just send me a quick e-mail via How to print a Kitchen Parade recipe. Never miss a recipe! If you like this recipe, sign up for a free e-mail subscription. If you like Kitchen Parade, you're sure to like my food blog about vegetable recipes, too, A Veggie Venture. If you make this recipe, I'd love to know your results! Just leave a comment below.

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Alanna Kellogg
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A Veggie Venture is home of "veggie evangelist" Alanna Kellogg and the famous asparagus-to-zucchini Alphabet of Vegetables.