What To Cook This December

Learn what's in season in December at cookieandkate.com!

Christmas isn’t here yet, and I’m already worn out. Who feels the same? You can show your hands. I won’t tell. Beneath all the sparkles, parties and sales this season are a lot of tired eyes. I’m weary with you, weary ones.

Over the past two weeks, I’ve transferred a kitchen that could easily feed a family. I’ve packed and unpacked enough photography equipment and props to shoot an entire cookbook. I’ve driven five hours home and back for Thanksgiving (worth it alone for my grandmother’s reaction to an electric pepper grinder), and I’ve scrubbed three years’ worth of dust from my old rent house. I’ve placed my first grown-up furniture orders and nearly had heart attacks at checkout.

I’m so tired, you guys, but there is no time for rest yet. I’m working on another round of cookbook edits through next week. I have fun parties to attend. My thirty-first birthday is looming just 24 days away, and I’m as single as ever. And yet, my cookbook is turning out beautifully, and this new space is so nice. I have more counter space for my creations and I’m finally trading in my hand-me-down box spring for a proper bed with a headboard. A headboard!

I’m blessed with a season of abundance. Friends and family to celebrate the holidays with, the sweetest four-legged companion, and readers who let me do what I love for a living. I’m so thankful for all of you. I haven’t been as present in this space as I like to be lately, but your presence and comments are as appreciated as ever.

Here’s what I’m trying to say: the holidays are hard and wonderful. It’s a condensed and conflicting time. A time to celebrate new loves, and a time to mourn those who aren’t here. I’m right there with you.

Gluten free and easily vegan (see notes)

“I made this last night and WOW, it’s delicious!! My husband went back for thirds! Thanks for a perfect recipe!” – Karen

More apple recipes »

Gluten free and vegan

“This could be THE best salad I have ever made. I have a vegan friend who I am always trying to find interesting recipes for and she also loved it. I made it exactly as per your recipe apart from adding a mixture of toasted almond flakes and pumpkins seeds.” – Heather

More beet recipes »

Gluten free

“I made this for dinner last night, and my very non-vegetarian “meat and potatoes” boyfriend loved it (and so did I)! He even asked to have the leftovers for lunch today. 🙂 Thanks for all the delicious and healthy recipes!” – Rach

More broccoli recipes »

Gluten free and vegan

“Made this for dinner last night and it was wonderful! I can hardly wait for my Love and Lemons cookbook to arrive tomorrow. Thank you again” – Luann

More Brussels sprout recipes »

Gluten free and vegan

“I just had a Mexican fiesta in my mouth without any of the guilt. So easy and my family thought it looked so gourmet – thanks Kate. I have shared the recipe with foodie friends to try – I am making one recipe a week from your site for 2016 and so far -ROCK STAR hits.” – Terri

More cabbage recipes »

Creamy Thai Carrot Sweet Potato Soup

Gluten free and vegan

“Today was our first cool day for the season. When I stepped outside for my morning walk I knew I would be making this soup for dinner. It was so good. Thanks so much for choosing to share this tasty recipe. I can’t wait to get Angela’s new cookbook.” – Cathy

More carrot recipes »

Gluten free

“It turned out just perfect! Thank you for this wonderful recipe!” – Yelena

More lemon recipes » (also grapefruit , orange , lime and clementine )

Gluten free and easily vegan

“I have made this twice already since you posted it, Kate. A great combination of flavors, especially with the parsley and cilantro together. This will certainly be going into our regular repertoire.” – Sophie

More salad recipes »

Gluten free and easily vegan

“I loved, loved, loved this salad, and so did the rest of my family. My 15-year old stashed the leftovers (there wasn’t much after we each had double-helpings) for her school lunch tomorrow. That’s a great indication of how much it was revered!” – Monique

More kale recipes »

Gluten-free and vegan

I need you to try this gorgeous guac and leave a comment to let me know how it turns out! I love it.

More pomegranate recipes »

Gluten-free and vegan

“I’ve made these at least a half a dozen times! My husband, the potato enthusiast, loves them. Super easy and cooks up nice and crispy while I make our eggs. No more staring at the potatoes in the skillet and praying they don’t stick. Thanks, Kate!” – Heather

More potato recipes »

Vegan and gluten free

“Hi again! Thanks so much for this one! I made it for my husband and I and we loved it so much we made it for a recent housewarming and everyone went wild… Sent this one to a few guests who had requested a copy! Thanks!” — Krystal

More radish recipes »

Gluten free and potentially vegan

“The Roasted vegetable enchiladas were delicious! Even family members who claim to not be fans of veggies ate this and had seconds. Score one for plant based goodness!!” – Erin

More sweet potato recipes »

Easily gluten free and vegan

“Made these along with your Roasted Cauliflower and Lentil Tacos. We kinda mixed and matched all the toppings. It was all amazing. This will be our new family favorite. Taco night will never be the same:)
Thanks for the wonderful recipes.” – Debbie

More butternut squash recipes » (also acorn squash and delicata squash )

Don’t forget to tag your Instagram recipe photos #cookieandkate so we can all see them! If you’re looking for an ingredient that didn’t make the list, check my ingredient index for relevant recipes.

More resources you might appreciate: My 2016 gift guide , 13 make-ahead breakfast recipes , 16 recipes that pack well for lunch and 14 simple weeknight dinners . You can shop my essential kitchen equipment here . Don’t forget to follow us on Pinterest for a steady stream of recipe inspiration!

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