10 Delicious Bites for the Holidays

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When asked by the amazing Liza Palmer (author extraordinaire) to write my own version of the 12 days of Christmas on my favorite subject: food, I immediately started to think about delicious bites.  Below is my ultimate list (minus two).  NOTE: some of these choices are not healthy. You have my loving permission to lighten up, as one bite won’t kill you. Unless you’ve got celiac disease.

10.) Gelato

So easy, you have no excuse not to try it.

So easy, you have no excuse not to try it.

A delivery basket of produce arrives at my doorstep every month, and it keeps me on my culinary toes. After tearing into a single raw persimmon, I realized you can do more with this than eat them plain. And why shouldn’t you with all of it’s Vitamin C, Vitamin A, its antioxidants, and….who the hell cares how healthy it is?  This fruit is bananas!  No, it’s persimmon, and you can’t really compare it to anything else, so it really is just like describing the taste of a banana. I can tell you this, it’s juicy, sweet and easy to add a short list of ingredients into a high powered blender, and this dessert won’t last for more than 10 minutes.  Here’s my recipe.

9.) Salty Meat


My salt addiction is incurable, with salami/prosciutto and similar meats making it impossible to join my husband in his quest to stay away from most animal products. One bite of Finochietta’s Salumeria Biellese, perfectly cured Tuscan salami flavored with fennel seed and fennel pollen, and he just might join me on my quest to eat as much cured salami as possible in this lifetime. The price makes it easy to have just one flavorful, sodium chloride filled bite.

Get it here.

8.) Guacamole

It’s creamy and I can’t imagine going for longer than a few days without it. And if the avocado is perfectly ripe, one bite simply will not do.  I can show you how to do it, or you can read the recipe right on this blog.

7.) A perfect deviled egg
When they’re good, they’re exceptional. I’ve been lucky enough to have a mom that made the best on earth.  But I haven’t been able to recreate her recipe. She never gave specific instructions, so I’ll just keep trying. Mine are pretty damned good, so the experiment continues one bite after delicious bite…

6.) Peanut Butter Cups


Peanut Butter Cups were a childhood favorite. But after making these at home, it comes to this: Reese’s suck.  Mine don’t.

5.) “Rice Crispy” from Jin Patisserie
I have a friend that spends her spare time blogging about chocolate. The combination of Rice Krispies and dark chocolate are a delicious bite to be reckoned with.

Buy them here.

4.) A Gluten-Free Apple Fritter with Glazed Topping
This recipe was an experiment gone fantastic. In my own kitchen, I had an abundance of apples, butter, cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla and eggs. Rather than making my home smell like a fast food chain by frying, I baked them, then added a vanilla-y glaze. They keep getting eaten before I can take a picture. I also believe in testing recipes three times before sharing them with you.  In the next batch, I promise. In the meantime, try this.

3.) CHEESE.
Fucking cheese. Trader Joe’s has a limited edition cheese called Derby Sage, all English cheddar, all-herb and all-amazing. And if this doesn’t appeal to you, go into any store like Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s, specialty shop or my local favorite, Say Cheese and ask for samples.

2.) Ding-A-Lings from Semi Sweet Bakery
Okay, I know I’m a glutard (a gluten-free freak). But these mimic the classic Hostess Ding Dong, but without all of that filler, preservative crap and god knows what else. My friend owns Semi Sweet Bakery in downtown LA, and they’re nice, small, sweet, and include the best chocolate you could find and in various flavors, like Red Velvet. I’ll stick with the traditional by popping the whole thing in my mouth at once.

1.) A sip of Maker’s 46 bourbon
Okay, so it’s not a bite.

Let’s call this one delicious sip. Maker’s 46 has bold flavor and a hint of spice coming at you faster than the end of the world on December 21st — if you believe in that sort of thing.

So if you do, have more than a sip.  Down the whole bottle.

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About Mona

I'm a food writer and home cook that loves to talk about healthy food and romance.
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