Happy holidays from the Pierce PR team! While our operations are mostly remote, we love to come together and celebrate the incredible people we get to call colleagues.
This year, many of our gatherings have been anchored in food and great company, from a Thanksgiving potluck to a team cooking class. In the spirit of coming together over a shared meal, we collected a few of our favorite food and drink recipes that make us feel warm, happy and connected during the holidays and beyond!
Continue reading to see what our team is cooking up this season! On behalf of us all, we wish you a holiday season filled with abundance and a year of joy and light ahead.
Mckenzie Masters, Senior Account Manager
You know those recipes that take you back to a specific moment in time? For me, the holiday season isn’t complete without making a Cranberry Christmas Cake or two. It can be eaten warm or cold (my favorite is to drink with a hot cup of coffee!), and it’s so easy, anyone can make it. For a fun twist, add in some orange zest.
Recipe from Barefeet in the Kitchen
Bri Carlesimo, Senior Account Manager
Growing up Italian, my family has many holiday treats and sweets we love to bake during the season. My mom’s kitchen constantly smells of sugar and love, and one of my favorite holiday cookies to steal off the kitchen counter is pizzelles* (a waffle, wafer-like cookie). Although I’m now gluten-free, my mom and I have found a recipe that is still just as delicious as its wheat-filled counterpart, and I make them to bring everywhere during the holiday season. For a yummy twist, add in cocoa powder and make them chocolate!
*Note: you do need to buy or own a pizzelle maker to bake these at home!
To make the chocolate flavor, add:
Carson Brown, Account Coordinator
Some families like eggnog or cranberry mimosas during the holidays. However, in my family, no gathering is complete without apple cider rum punch. It’s the perfect festive drink to wash down the rich sweets of the season. Pro tip: Swap the rum for whiskey for a little extra punch!
Julia Bonner, President
I’m an admitted sucker for holiday-themed treats during November and December. And if said treat includes peppermint, I’m getting two. One sweet my mom made every holiday season was homemade chocolate peppermint bark. It’s the perfect confection to package up and give to friends, teachers, neighbors, colleagues and everyone in between. It’s also easy to make and even easier to enjoy, so what’s not to love?
The recipe is simple and delicious. One tip I’ve learned after years of watching my mom master her chocolate craft: make space in your refrigerator before you begin baking so the chocolate has a flat place to cool.
Kara Weller, Communications Specialist
A Tom & Jerry, or “Jolly” as my Grandpa Roy called it because that’s how the drink made you feel, is a Christmas-time staple in my home state of Wisconsin. The drink, served hot, is similar to eggnog, but sweeter, and all around better. As kids, we’d enjoy a hot mug of milk and Tom & Jerry batter, sans alcohol. The batter can be frozen to save for later. Pro tip: purchase the batter premade.
Yield: 1 drink, with batter for about 10 drinks
For the Batter:
For Each Drink:
Make the batter: In a bowl, beat egg yolks until they are as thin as water. While beating, gradually add sugar, rum, vanilla, spices and bitters. In a separate bowl, beat egg whites until stiff. Fold into yolk mixture. If not using immediately, refrigerate the batter.
Make the drink: In a small saucepan, bring milk to boil. Meanwhile, warm a roughly 10-ounce Irish coffee mug in the oven. Pour in 2 ounces batter. Add 1 ounce rum and 1 ounce Cognac. Fill with boiling milk, stirring briskly with a small whisk while adding, so batter and milk are well mixed. Dust with nutmeg.
Kallie Butler, Account Coordinator
My family has several holiday traditions that I hold dear to my heart, and one of the yummiest recipes I make every year is Christmas Eve fettuccine. Yes, we were 100% inspired by “The Holiday” (any Mr. Napkin Head fans in the building!?). The pasta is best served with lots of bread, wine and good company.
Sarah Mickle, Director of Operations
I still remember the day I was invited to a holiday party at my very first grown up job. We were all supposed to bring an appetizer to share and I really wanted to impress everyone, so naturally I ran to my (now) mother-in-law who is the QUEEN of hosting. She shared this simple recipe with me and it was a massive hit! I left feeling so proud. I now bring these Christmas Party Pinwheels to nearly every holiday gathering. Pro tip: these are great to balance out all the sweets served at holiday parties!
In a bowl, beat cream cheese and ranch seasoning until smooth. Add red pepper, green pepper, onions and olives; mix well. Spread about 3/4 cup on each tortilla. Add sliced ham or turkey. Roll up tightly; wrap in plastic. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours. Cut into 1/2-in. slices.
Evan Dorian, Intern
As a college student living by myself for the first time, I’m learning the joy of cooking. My family has never been big on cooking holiday foods, but I’m looking to change that by bringing some heat to the cold months with crispy, spicy jalapeño poppers. This is certainly an evergreen food – and it works as either a snack at a holiday party or a main course for a nice December meal – but there’s nothing like some savory spice during winter!