Baked Brie with Honey

Posted by on December 19, 2011 in Appetizers, Blog, Special Occasions, Traditional Holidays | 6 comments

The holiday season is in full swing!

Earlier last week I was feeling a bit overwhelmed with all that I needed to do, yet all-in-all it’s been great. Most all of our Christmas shopping is now done, presents are wrapped and under our decorated tree. Christmas cards have been sent. Bebe E “wrote” her letter to Santa and even visited him and his elves (twice) at South Coast Plaza. She told Santa she wants a bicycle (a.k.a. tricycle) and a puppy. She also told Santa, “I good girl.” Heh-heh-heh. Because all little children know that Santa only brings gifts to good little girls and boys! Oh, I should mention that, according to my Mom, I never wanted to visit with Santa because I was scared of him. LOL. Hence, I have no pictures of me with Santa…

Not much else to do this week before Christmas other than to think about our menu for my family’s Christmas lunch and later this week we’re planning to make a few different types of cookies. Bebe E is excited about decorating them!

I love the holiday season!

Yesterday, I was pleasantly surprised with a phone call from Pepe, one of my besties (1 of the 10 WLA girls I grew up with) that I hadn’t seen in MONTHS, letting me know she was in the area shopping and whether I was available to meet for lunch at Nordie’s Cafe. Who else but a bestie would call to ask if  we could have lunch at Nordstroms. “Of course I am available!” Due to our various calendars, our gang doesn’t get together to celebrate Christmas until January so it was such a treat to see one of my besties. ♥

Last night we had the pleasure of enjoying “Sounds of Christmas”, a holiday concert performed by The All American Boys Chorus. My husband’s dear friend is a board member with a son who is an alumnus of the Chorus. He kindly extended an invitation to us and the concert turned out to be a wonderful way to celebrate this holiday season. We all enjoyed the singing, and it was a joy to watch Bebe E happily dance to the music in her seat and clap her hands. Jingle Bells and Here Comes Santa Claus are her two favorites. She can even sing a few of the words which makes the music all the more merry. What a difference a year makes! It was only a year ago that she was still a little baby, using baby words and dancing, but unable to sing a tune and now she tells me what her favorite songs are!

Unfortunately, despite the fact that I’m enjoying this holiday season, I don’t feel like cooking for our Christmas lunch! I’m looking forward to baking (and eating) cookies, but oddly, I’m feeling like I just want to eat a Christmas feast, without having to cook… In other words I wish someone else would cook!  There’s nothing wrong with that, is there? I’m usually in charge of the prime rib. That big guy below is what I made last year for Christmas, and every year before that for the past 10 years, at least. These days, I only occasionally cook beef at home and I just can’t motivate myself to make a huge prime rib this year! I’d rather deep-fry a whole turkey!

Alas, there are members of our family that love red meat but I’ve actually been thinking of making a pot roast in my slow-cooker or some other beef dish that is smaller, requires less handling, and can cook overnight so I don’t need to wake up at 4 AM to turn on the oven. I’m afraid that my past life as an ovo-lacto-vegetarian is influencing my negativity towards prime rib. While it was only a year ago that I professed my love for beef and embraced my inner carnivore, in 2011 I started eating less red meat, preferring fish over chicken or beef. Beef rarely makes an appearance on our dinner table these days… That said, what will I make for our Christmas lunch, I have NO idea!

What I do know, is that I will once again make Ina Garten’s very simple baked brie with honey as an appetizer. I made this for Thanksgiving last month, and it was super easy and popular. I thought about making a puff pastry wrapped brie appetizer, which is also a very common brie appetizer, but I went with no frills simplicity. Thanks Ina, for a simple and delightful appetizer!

baked brie

May you and yours enjoy a special holiday season full of joy, peace and love.

Merry Christmas!


Baked Brie with Honey
Recipe type: Appetizer
  • ¼ wheel brie (any size works)
  • 4 tablespoons honey (I just drizzled and didn't measure)
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.2. Place the brie on a sheet pan covered with parchment paper and drizzle with the honey. Bake for 5 to 7 minutes, or until it starts to ooze but not melt. Wait about 10 minutes and serve with crackers.
Recipe compliments of Ina Garten.


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    Baked Brie is my favorite Appetizer. Wishing you a wonderful New Year and look forward to more of your recipes and posts in 2012. :)

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    Thanks for stopping by and for the words of encouragement, Jenny! Happy New Year! :)

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    Mmm — everything looks so delicious!! I love all your Thanksgiving dishes too. That creamed corn looks to die for! I can’t believe how fast the holidays have flown by!
    I hope you all had a wonderful New Year’s celebration last night! Did you make your ozoni again? I was inspired by you and made mochi for the first time. Hope you have a great 2012!

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    Hi Judy, looks wonderful and I adore baked brie!
    Hope you have a fantastic 2012, hugs!

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      Thank you, Alisha! Hope you had a fabulous holiday season with your family! Happy new year! :)

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    – This is so pretty with all of the fresh cernbraries and the zest! I just love recipes like this, I am sure it tastes AMAZING too! I am going to have to include this in my Christmas line up:)


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