The Seasoned Traveler

Recipes and remedies using herbs, spices, and other natural ingredients from the world's pantry


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A Festive Recipe Roundup

Happy Holidays

From my busy kitchen to yours, I’m sending all of you my wishes for happy holidays and festive feasting. Wherever you spend the holidays, bon app├ętit, bon voyage, and happy seasonings!

Here I’ve gathered up my favorite holiday dishes, from starters to main courses to desserts, all the way to magical morning breakfast ideas. Enjoy! ~Laura

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Seared Duck Breasts with Cherry & Red Wine Sauce

IMG_6545I’m not sure I can convey how phenomenal this dish is. Consider this: We’ve made it about 20 times since discovering the recipe on Williams-Sonoma’s site a few years ago. It was our Christmas dinner last year AND our New Year’s feast. And yes, we are having it again this Christmas!

Oh, we are having it again this Christmas and I cannot wait. Probably New Year’s too, let’s just get it out there now.

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Pork Tenderloin with Coriander-Spiced Prunes

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Coriander is the kind of spice that usually plays a supporting role in curries, other sauces and spice rubs. Here it’s the star seasoning. This sweet, nutty seed complements pork, red wine and prunes so it’s perfect as the star ingredient in seasoning pork tenderloin and infusing a red wine and prune reduction sauce. I love this dish in winter; I find it so soothing and simple, but it’s elegant enough to be the main course of a festive feast for the holidays. Continue reading