Greetings, Happy Hanukkah, Merry Christmas, and all that jazz, dear readers. Today I’m talking about holiday goodies on repeat, starting with my Deviled Eggs.
Per a certain college gal’s request, they appeared on Thanksgiving Eve. Then I made a batch for my annual AT&T party, then again for a get together with the kettlebell group. That’s three occasions in four weeks, and I won’t be surprised if they appear again before Christmas. Everyone seems to love a deviled egg, especially the people under my roof when I forget to take them to a party. Turns out they make a tasty quick breakfast – just pop a couple into the ole pie hole around 8:00am and you’re good to go until lunchtime! Don’t eat meat? Don’t fear. Leave out the bacon, and they’re still a yummy snack.
Another repeat in the mix…
Concocted about a year ago, Mr. Musky made us a couple of these on his birthday eve, then I turned around the next night and made another. And after swearing off all alcohol for the remainder of December I had yet one more four days later. Now I mean it – no more cocktailing until Christmas Eve. Will I endure?
Take the under, people. And if you don’t have Cinnamon Vodka handy, try this close cousin – The Restoration. It’s equally delicious.
Naturally the Effing Ridiculous Mac-n-Cheese made its rounds twice. It’s on a list of hopefuls for Mr. Musky’s family party on the 24th.
I’m sure a few of the Millennials will be jonesing for this gooey, cheesy casserole. I know my own kids will dive in face first!
Another crowd pleaser and staple for this time of year – Pizza Pillows! I think every family in the midwest has a variation of these little rye party bread treats in their family cooking repertoire. If these don’t show their crunchy bottoms by New Year’s Eve I’ll receive a special request. Guaranteed.
Other items I love…
Shawn McClain’s Sparkling Pomegranate Punch. I’ve referred to his Thanksgiving meal plan about 5032 times since first reading the article in Food & Wine magazine in 2009, and have made at least five of the items on his menu. They’re all gourmet in nature but simple to prepare, and I finally pulled the trigger on his punch. Don’t be like me: don’t delay and make this if you are boozing earlier in the day. It’s a lovely alternative to the mimosa. I leave out the sugar and up the fruit amount. My family and my AT&T family loved this when I served it before noon; the kettlebell group, not so much when it appeared in the evening. I recommend this one for earlier-in-the-day sipping.
This Roasted Vegetable Tart is another crowd pleaser. It’s decadent but holds loads of vegetables, and the goat cheese brings a nice counter-zip to the sweetness of the squash and carrots. And who doesn’t love a buttery crust? To shun the savory pastry in the height of holidaying is just blasphemous.
We’re taking a break on the ole livers this weekend and drinking water while we enjoy a walk outside on Saturday then hunker down for some icky weather to hit. Ask me how that goes, or whether we crack open a bottle of wine by the fire and Christmas tree.
I’d bet on that wine.