Here we are in December with the holidays coming up and the last Market of the season several weeks behind us. I don’t know about you, but I still have a few items from the Market in my freezer and pantry. What, I wondered, can I do for holiday celebrations that would also use those last BRFM purchases?

My pantry turned up a butternut squash and two small pie pumpkins, as well as half a dozen apples. I also found maple syrup, honey, and some rutabagas. My freezer held a salmon fillet, 1 lb. of ground bison, persimmon pulp, and a frozen loaf of ciabatta bread.  Green beans and fennel were in the fridge. Now here is the plan!    

Snowy Day Warm-Me-Up Lunch

Beef and Potato Hand Pies

(substitute bison for the beef and rutabaga for the potato!)

Swirly Baked Apples

Christmas Eve Elegant Supper

Salmon with Honey-Coriander Glaze

Roasted Pumpkin with Shallots and Sage

Fennel and Green Beans with Orange and Almonds

Christmas Morning Breakfast

Perfect French Toast

(use any good bread and top with real maple syrup!)

Persimmon-Yogurt Smoothies


  • 1 cup plain nonfat yogurt
  • 1 cup persimmon pulp
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 3/4 cup crushed ice


Puree ingredients in a blender.  Divide between 2 glasses and serve.

New Years Day

Macaroni and Cheese with Butternut Squash

(add a big green salad and you’ve got an easy meal!)