Holiday Special – Christmas Vacation

Susie_John_Dad_at_RaggedSo you’ve made it through Christmas Eve dinner, brunch the next day and finally Christmas dinner. Two, three down but there is still the weekend, New Year’s Eve, New Year’s Day and another weekend to celebrate with family, friends, fun and food.

Whether everyone is coming to your house or you are headed out to a pot luck, here are a few ideas!

Need something to nibble before dinner?
Flatbread with Mushrooms, Caramelized Onions & Spinach, Sweet Potato & Goat Cheese Crostini or Greek Stuffed Mushrooms or Smoked Salmon Mousse? If you’ve got kids around, be sure to whip up batches of my Couldn’t Be Simpler Salsa & Guacamole.

How about a salad?
Crunchy Salad with Apples & Grapes would be delicious. But maybe you’d prefer Crunchy Slaw with Cilantro, Mint & Peanuts or Fennel & Feta Salad.

Next you’ll need some cozy comfort food. After skiing, skating or snowshoeing, it nice to have something that can bubble away while you relax. A hearty soup will do. Try my Hearty Black Bean SoupCurried Chicken & Lentil Soup or Moroccan Chick Pea Soup?

If you have kids around, they’ll go nuts for my Decadent Mac & Cheese. Or take it up a notch with Lobster Mac & Cheese or Mac & Cheese with Cauliflower & Bacon?

Then again, chili will sound pretty good at the end of a bone-chilling day! Red Bean Chili with Pork & Butternut Squash, Tex-Mex Braised Beef with Black Beans & Corn or Chicken Chili & Black Bean Chili.

For dessert … nothing says snowy fun like Snowman Cupcakes. Unless you’d prefer Apple Bread Pudding or Espresso Brownies.

Speaking of pot lucks, if you need a gift for your host, how about: Rosemary Cashews or Roasted Almonds and Spicy Olives.

Happy Holidays with Family and Friends and Bon Appétit!

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Most everyone I know is on vacation until after New Year’s. What about you? How are you spending the next week or so? And what will you be cooking in your kitchen? I’d love to hear from you. Let’s get a conversation going.

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© Susan W. Nye, 2013

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2 thoughts on “Holiday Special – Christmas Vacation

  1. Hi Susan! Thanks for all of these good ideas! I might make the lobster mac & cheese into crab mac& cheese. We’re heavy into crab here, our neighbor is a crabber and we had an amazing crab feast for Christmas dinner and then made crab cakes tonight! I whipped up a sauce that was pretty tasty ~ butter, mayo, mustard, parsley, capers, lots of lemon, hot sauce, red pepper flakes, salt and pepper…so yummy! Holiday love to you ~ hope you’re having fun! Love, Gillian

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    • Thanks Gillian. Crab sounds like a wonderful Christmas feast. We went in the opposite direction with beef tenderloin and paid homage to Meme with twice baked potatoes. We missed you but were happy to celebrate Christmas dinner with your mom, Bill, your brothers, John, Jen and your cousins. Very merry with lots of laughs and fun. Plus a decadent cheesecake to top it all off! We miss you! Happy New Year – Love to you and the boys, Susan

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