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Thanksgiving may be the greatest food holiday in all the land, but… 
14th-Dec-2008 11:41 am

Thanksgiving may be the greatest food holiday in all the land, but Christmas is certainly close. And it's coming up too soon. (I have bought 1 gift, and only because Hope pulled it up on Amazon and said "See? Here. You can get it used for 94 cents. There ya go." I need to get on things.) So I've been thinking about food.

Mom is making a ham for the aunts', and a ham for her house. (We are going to be awash in a sea of ham. Jeff's mom also wanted to make ham, but was okay when I told her that I had to check with my mom, who normally has Christmas dinner planned in October, and normally does ham.) Hope is doing a pan of cheese stuffed shells for the aunts. I am thinking about:

- a pan of cheese enchiladas, probably for dinner at my parents, since Hope is bringing a vegetarian main to lunch (last count, one vegetarian sister and 2 vegetarian first cousins (maybe three?))
- a cheese ball, some good crackers, and Ritz for Jeff's mom, because that what she likes
- mom asked me to bring a vegetable tray, so I'll do that. Squash, broccoli, carrots, mushrooms, maybe cherry tomatoes if anyone around here is hothousing them? Onion dip, and I'd like to do another dip. Maybe homemade hummus? Maybe something with sun-dried tomatoes?

and beyond that, I don't know; I'm pretty out of ideas. I'd like to do some baking - my delicious bookmarks are filling up with really good looking dessert ideas - but there's always a ton of sweet stuff, so it would be kind of silly to do so. I might make church windows, since no one makes them any more and they were one of my favorite things that my grandmother made.

What are y'all's favorite $winterholiday foods?
14th-Dec-2008 05:14 pm (UTC)
This all sounds very yummy.
14th-Dec-2008 06:10 pm (UTC)
My Mom used to have this fun and yummy recipe I never saw or heard about anywhere else...

Here's what she did. 1 box Jiffy pie dough. I jar Kraft Old English cheese. Mix 'em together and add enough water so that it's like pie dough.

Cut in circles - she used a small biscuit cutter.

Then she would fill them. Sometimes with olives. Green pimento olives. Put one in the center of the circle and the mush the circle all around it and seal it up.

Bake until the pie dough is crusty.

OR ham. Ground ham with a dash of tobasco in the center, seal the edges like a tiny perogi and again, bake until crusty.

You could really put anything in the cheese circles. Yuuuummmy piping hot and yummy at room temp.
15th-Dec-2008 04:09 am (UTC)
I love church windows! I learned how to make them from a book my mom gave me a few years ago. They're as much fun to make as to eat. :.)

Every year, the Sunday before Christmas, we go to my dad and stopmom's house for posole. Posole is a New-Mexican soup made from whole hominy, pork, and dried red chiles. It's yummy. With that she makes an enchilada soup, tortillas, and puts out lots of cheese and sour cream to put on everything. Everyone (all of their combined kids) brings a dish; this year I'm bringing my staple, a southwestern salad made with shredded red cabbage, jicama, radishes, tomatoes, pine nuts, and pomegranate seeds on a bed of mixed greens, served with home-made jalapeno dressing. Many years my sister makes excellent tamales to put the posole over.

We had posole every Christmas Eve when I was a kid, and my stepmom wanted to continue the tradition, but does it on Sunday. The food is yummy, the company pleasant, and the kids have fun with their cousins.
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