Calamity Jane -- Ah-ha... sorting through my cook-books! I didn't realize you'd started the thread. I tend to get stuck in the topics I've already posted in, but I'm glad I saw your thread finally.
And nothing written since November?
As it happens, I've been busy putting together the menu for our Christmas Eve Open House... it's a tradition here for eighteen years. Christmas Day is with the family, but Christmas Eve is spent entertaining the friends who like to go out on that night. Who knew there'd be such a crew?
I became inspired by Mexican Christmas celebrations and that's been our theme. It is so colorful and the food is good old comfort food for us. When the kids were young, we'd even have real piñatas that they'd received from their grandpa (who lived half the year in Sonora). However, one year we made one and it was so strong that nobody could break it. Well, no piñatas this year.
Christmas Eve Open House 2004
Salmon Spread with Crackers
Raw Vegetable Tray
Beef & Green Chili Tamales
Little Smokies in Jack Daniels Sauce
Chicken Hot (chicken enchilada)
Dried Fruit & Nuts
Mexican Wedding Cakes aka Snow Balls
Gluehwein (Red wine with sugar & spices)*
Muscato de Asti, Red Wine
CocaCola, Cider, Beer
*new this year -- I'll tell you how it goes
It is daunting looking at all those kinds of cookies to make this year. Good thing I have a daughter who likes to cook.
Christmas Day is mostly a recovery day -- though I do make sure we have a nice breakfast while we open presents. For dinner, I'm not in the mood to cook. We often have leftovers from the night before, sometimes we have dinner with friends. Frankly, our favorite thing to do is spend the day lazing about.