Whenever a holiday approaches, the collective food blogging group appears to lose its mind. Everyone becomes obsessed with posting the perfect recipes for whatever season it is, from Thanksgiving to Easter and everything else.
Since two of my freelance jobs deal with recipes and editorial calendars, I feel I need to break it to you, bloggers: your holiday recipes should really be done four to six months in advance, and then posted a month in advance to actually get that SEO bump you all crave.
But really, I ask you to take a step back this holiday, and the next few holidays. Due to the aforementioned jobs, my brain practically explodes by the time Christmas rolls around – not only have I been seeing holiday recipes for five months, but in December bloggers suddenly feel the need to bake EVERY COOKIE EVER (while simultaneously complaining about the current and/or impending weight gain).
Slow your roll. The only one creating your expectations is you. People might rave about the food you made at the last holiday gathering, but they were really just happy to see you. (I hope.)
Of course, you can always throw something together that looks impressive but takes no time at all. Then make yourself a margarita and laugh all the way to the empty plate of crumbs.
Strawberry Chocolate Hazelnut Tart (a non-recipe recipe)
1 batch tart dough
Chocolate hazelnut spread
A bunch of strawberries
Smoosh your tart dough into a tart pan. I don’t care what size – use whatever you have. I’m not in your kitchen, am I? Bake it according to the recipe you used. (If you need more direction, I like Dorie Greenspan’s tart dough.)
Add a bunch of chocolate hazelnut spread. You might need a cup. Or more, depending on your weird chocolate-hazelnut fetish.
Slice strawberries and arrange them prettily on top of the chocolate. Stick it in the fridge until you’re ready to amaze your friends and totally show up that person who brought slice-and-bake sugar cookies.