At any rate, I needed inspiration. My other standard dish that I bring for Christmas and other events is one that sounds boring (Vegetable Casserole), but in fact, is delicious and smells wonderful when it's cooking. It has Pepperidge Farm sage stuffing on the bottom, topped with layers of melted shredded swiss cheese and sauteed vegetables (onion, green pepper, zucchini, mushrooms and tomato flavored with thyme, salt and pepper). It's a fantastic dish, but everyone has had it a million (okay, several hundred thousand) times.
So...what to bring that would make me look awesome? (Yes, I do have an ulterior motive here). Then I remembered my favorite baker, Steph, the Sydney, Australia baker whose blog, raspberri cupcakes just won Cosmopolitan Australia's Fun Fearless Female award for Blogger of the Year. How awesome is that? I didn't even know she'd won that award until I went to her site in search of a great recipe, so that was a fun surprise. And, as always, I found what I wanted. Here's a picture of the Funfetti Skillet Cookie with White Chocolate Chips (with a link to the raspberri cupcake site's recipe, of course). I'll admit that part of the reason I want to make this is because I went on an unexpected kitchen cabinet cleaning expedition this week and unearthed a cast iron skillet that I had forgotten I owned. Another nice surprise. Now on to the baking part (I am not an accomplished baker, so this may be a challenge). Wish me luck.
What are your favorite dishes to bring to gatherings? I would love to hear them.