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HAPPY HOLIDAYS GUYS!
May this Christmas bring us to happiness.
Hi guys! We all know that Christmas season is nearing so we better prepare our hands and stomach for a delicious yet practical ways to celebrate and make dishes for Christmas. Here’s how:
Christmas decorations don’t need to be elaborate to be attractive! There are many simple things you can do to add some holiday cheer to your home without spending many hours or a lot of money.
Begin by grouping similarly colored holiday items in several containers. Tabletop groupings can be placed on any flat surface and bring the colors and smells of Christmas to any room you choose to decorate. Depending on the containers and contents you choose, you can create many different looks. Here are just a few ideas to get you started.
Fill a few bowls or jars with candy canes, cinnamon candies, and peppermint candies. The red and white will look very festive, especially in clear glass or white containers. If any of your jars are tall and narrow, you could tie red ribbons around the outside to further emphasize the red theme.
Combine glass Christmas balls in coordinating colors and place them in open bowls, making sure the hangars are all tucked out of sight. Using balls of varying sizes will add to the visual interest. Tuck a few pinecones or pine trimmings in around the edges to give it a finished look. This is a nice way to use the Christmas decorations that didn’t fit on your tree and continue its color scheme throughout your home.
Fill a platter or large shallow bowl with candles of various shapes and sizes. For the most striking effect use all the same color, such as all ivory, red, or green candles, but you can mix different colors if that’s what you have or enjoy. Once all the candles are arranged fill the remaining space with beaded tree garland and a few glass Christmas balls. When the candles are lit, the balls and beads will reflect the candlelight nicely and create an eye-catching centerpiece.
Display your Christmas collectibles on a shallow tray. All your Angels and Santas collected on every vacation can be used to their best advantage by grouping them.
Almost any container can be used to hold anything holiday related, and if you group several of them together, it’s certain to create a festive touch. Look around your home and see what you can whip up in just a few minutes!
Now for a sample Christmas recipe just for everyone to enjoy:
Roast Goose with Currant Stuffing
1 large yellow onion (chopped)
1 large tart apple (chopped)
1/4 cup lower-sodium chicken broth
6 cups toasted fresh bread crumbs
1/2 cup currants or chopped raisins
1/4 cup slivered almonds (toasted)
1/4 cup minced parsley
1 teaspoon dried sage leaves
1/4 teaspoon each salt and black pepper
1/3 cup lower-sodium chicken broth
1 goose (7 to 8 pounds), giblets removed
Saturated Fat 9g
Total Fat 28g
A goose gives off more fat during roasting than most other poultry. So have a bulb baster ready to draw off the drippings.
Makes 6 servings.
Preparation time: 20 minutes.
Cooking time: 8 minutes.
Roasting time: 2 hours.
Standing time: 15 minutes.
In a small saucepan, combine the onion, apple, and 1/4 cup broth. Bring to a boil. Lower heat and simmer for 5 minutes or until onion and apple are tender.
In a large mixing bowl, combine onion mixutre, bread crumbs, currants, almonds, parsley, sage, salt, and pepper. Toss 1/3 cup broth with bread crumb mixture.
Preheat the oven to 350°F. Rinse goose; drain, and pat dry. Prick the skin on the lower breast, legs, and around the wings with a skewer. Stuff and truss goose. Then, place goose, breast-side-up, on a rack in large roasting pan. Insert a roasting thermometer in its thigh without touching bone. Spoon remaining stuffing into a lightly greased 1 1/2-quart casserole; cover and refrigerate.
Roast goose for 2 to 2 1/2 hours or until the thermometer registers 175°F, drain fat often. Bake the covered casserole of stuffing alongside the goose during the last 30 minutes of roasting. Let the goose stand for 15 to 20 minutes. Carve goose; discard the skin.
Matzo Ball Soup
2 large egg whites
1 large egg
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1/4 cup unflavored seltzer
2/3 cup matzo meal
2 tablespoons minced parsley
3/4 teaspoon salt (or to taste)
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
6 1/4 cups chicken stock or low-sodium chicken broth
Saturated Fat 0g
Total Fat 3g
Eating matzo (unleavened bread) and the matzo meal made from it is traditional for Passover, the spring holiday that celebrates the liberation of Jews from slavery in Egypt, millennia ago. If you are cooking for Passover, don’t miss our Potato Pancakes.
Makes six 1 1/4-cup servings.
Preparation time: 15 minutes.
Chilling time: 30 minutes.
Cooking time: 40 minutes.
In a medium-size bowl, whisk together the egg whites, egg, and oil, then whisk in the seltzer. Add the matzo meal, 1 tablespoon of the parsley, the salt, and pepper, stirring until smooth. Cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
While the matzo mixture chills, half-fill a large saucepan with cold water and bring to a boil over high heat. Using your hands, roll the matzo mixture into 1-inch balls (about 22) and drop them into the boiling water. Lower the heat, cover, and simmer for 40 minutes or just until the matzo balls are cooked through.
In another large saucepan, bring the stock to a boil over high heat, adding additional salt to taste if you wish. Using a slotted spoon, transfer several matzo balls from the boiling water to each soup bowl, then ladle over the hot stock. Garnish with the remaining 1 tablespoon of parsley.
Angels on Horseback
12 oysters in shells
Coarse rock salt or aluminum foil
3 slices lean bacon
2 tablespoons minced parsley
1 clove garlic (minced)
1/4 cup dry white wine (with or without alcohol)
12 drops hot red pepper sauce
Saturated Fat 0g
Total Fat 1g
Oysters curl as they cook, resembling angel wings and giving this New Orleans appetizer its name.
Makes 12 appetizers.
Preparation time:15 minutes.
Cooking time: 3 minutes.
Buy the oysters the day you plan to cook. Ask your fishmonger to shuck them, leaving them on the half shell and reserving the liquor. Cover the oysters and liquor and refrigerate.
Preheat the broiler. Line a broiling pan or shallow baking pan with the rock salt or a layer of crushed foil. Cut each slice of bacon in half crosswise, then lengthwise. In a small bowl, mix the parsley with the garlic.
Place the oysters in their shells in the prepared pan. Top each oyster with a piece of bacon, then about 1/2 teaspoon of the parsley mixture. Top each oyster with a little white wine, oyster liquor, and a drop of red pepper sauce. Broil 4 inches from the heat for 3 minutes or until the oysters curl at the edges and the bacon browns. Serve immediately.
Drinks (well this one is mostly for adults ^_^):
Champagne Reception Punch
5 pints (10 cups) fresh strawberries
1 1/2 cups pineapple juice (chilled)
3/4 cup fresh lemon juice
3/4 cup superfine sugar
1 bottle (4/5 quart) champagne or sparkling wine (with or without alcohol) chilled
Saturated Fat 0g
Total Fat 0g
Since colonial days, a punch of champagne and fruit has been a favorite for “very proper receptions.”
Makes about 2 quarts or 10 6-ounce servings.
Preparation time: 15 minutes.
Freezing time: 6 hours.
Chilling time: 2 hours.
To make the strawberry ice cubes: At least 6 hours before party time, wash the berries. Place 1 small, pretty berry (with leafy hulls attached) in each compartment of 2 standard-size ice cube trays, then fill with water and freeze.
To prepare the punch: Remove the hulls from the remaining berries and place them in a food processor. Process for 2 minutes or until pureed, then transfer to a punch bowl. Stir in the pineapple juice, lemon juice, and sugar; cover and refrigerate. Just before serving, pour in the champagne and float the strawberry ice cubes on top.
and for Dessert:
Walnut Maple Pie
1 store-bought or homemade pie crust
2 large egg whites
1 large egg
1 cup maple-flavored syrup or pure maple syrup
1/2 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon butter or margarine (melted)
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
Saturated Fat 9g
Total Fat 14g
Grandma used whatever nuts she had on hand, which is how this delicious variation of pecan pie came to be. Hazelnut, macadamia nuts, cashews, or peanuts also work well.
Makes 8 servings.
Preparation time: 15 minutes.
Cooking time: 55 minutes.
Cooling time: 1 hour.
Preheat oven to 400°. Line a 9-inch pie plate with pie crust. Trim crust to 1/2 inch beyond edge of pie plate. Fold under extra crust and crimp edge. Line crust with foil and fill with dried beans. Bake for 15 minutes or until light brown. Cool crust on a wire rack for 5 minutes; discard foil. (Save beans for future pastry baking.) Lower oven temperature to 350°.
Meanwhile, in a large bowl, using a rotary beater or fork, beat the egg whites and egg just until mixed. Whisk in the maple-flavored syrup, brown sugar, flour, butter, and vanilla just until smooth. Stir in the walnuts.
Pour the syrup mixture into baked crust. Bake for 40 to 45 minutes or until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean. (If the edge of the crust seems to be browning too quickly, cover with foil.) Cool on a wire rack for 1 hour. Serve with frozen vanilla yogurt or cover and store in the refrigerator.
Thanks for reading!
Everyone needs a healthy hobby and curling up with a great book is one of the best ways to nurture your self and expand your mind. Here are some suggestions for books that are guaranteed to entertain, enlighten, or feed your mind, belly, and soul.
1. Primal Blueprint Quick and Easy Meals: Delicious, Primal-approved meals you can make in 2 to 20 Minutes By Mark Sisson and Jennifer Meier
The Primal Blueprint Quick and Easy Meals: Delicious, Primal-approved meals you can make in 2 to 20 Minutes by Mark Sisson and Jennifer Meier is a must read for 2011. The book provides plenty of wholesome, nature based, simple meals tailored for any low carb, Primal, or paleo diet. This cookbook provides a plethora of delicious meals for a healthy lifestyle guaranteed to fuel your family (even the pickiest of eaters), guests, and yourself.
2. The Facebook Effect: The Inside Story of the Company That Is Connecting The World By David Kirkpatrick
The Facebook Effect: The Inside Story of the Company That Is Connecting The World is a great book to add to your 2011 reading list. This book tracks the story of the fastest growing, largest, 350 million user social network. Kirkpatrick, a senior tech writer for Fortune magazine, uses his expertise to accurately portray the rise of Facebook from it’s Harvard dorm room roots in 2004 by Mark Zuckerberg and his team, to the super successful organization it is today.
3. The Daily Show with John Stewart Presents Earth (The Book): A Visitor’s Guide to the Human Race By Jon Stewart and others
Emmy winning Daily Show host Jon Stewart has been dubbed a “modern day Edward R. Murrow” for his political force, satire, and deadpan humor. Earth was written as an instructional guide for aliens who may land on our planet and is complete with hilarity, color illustrations, and Stewart’s distinctive brand of wit. Earth ends with Stewart’s impassioned plea to save the human race so “we could overcome the baser aspects of our nature…and give this planet the kind of caretakers it deserves.” Earth is deserving of your time and is a must read for this year.
4. Inside WikiLeaks: My Time with Julian Assange at the World’s Most Dangerous Website by Daniel Domscheit-Berg
Daniel Domscheit-Berg, the former spokesman and computer scientist for the whistleblowing organization WikiLeaks, depicts an insider’s look at the Wikileaks organization and it’s founder with Inside Wikileaks: My Time With Julian Assange At The World’s Most Dangerous Website. Domscheit-Berg unravels the mysteries behind the founding, financing, and evolution of WikiLeaks. Domscheit-Berg also reveals his distaste and resignation from WikiLeaks for breaching the very principles of transparency and political neutrality that founded the organization. As the WikiLeaks controversy grows, this book is a must read for 2011.
5. The Final Testament of the Holy Bible By James Frey
James Frey, the controversial author behind A Million Little Pieces, has returned to fuel the fires with his latest book: The Final Testament of the Holy Bible. In Frey’s latest book, he uses thirteen perspectives of his friends, family, and followers, in a story of Christ’s return to 21st century Earth in New York City. The book is sure to outrage many but most certainly addresses the ideas of God, sex, love, and religion in a well researched, imaginative, and interesting “third book of the Bible.” Frey’s book is a must read for 2011.
6. Halo: Cryptum
Best selling science fiction writer, Greg Bear, has penned a novel pairing one of the biggest video game franchises with his superior, trademark writing style in Halo: Cryptum. The novel is the first of a series of three books weaving an intergalactic horror story of an alien civilization known as the Forerunners, that built the Halos. The book is set over 100,000 years ago and tells the store of the Forerunners, supreme in technology and knowledge, their rise to dominance, and their disappearance. The story is told through the young and rebellious eyes of Bornstellar Makes Eternal Lasting as he grows, evolves, matures, and experiences life’s harshest lessons. Halo: Cryptum will surely entertain as much as the video game and is a must read for this year.
7. You Might Be A Zombie And Other News: Shocking But Utterly True Facts By Cracked.com
The writers at Cracked.com promise that readers will “wish you never picked up this book” and they may be right. You Might Be A Zombie and Other News is an informative, albeit disgusting glimpse into modern lifestyles, diets, animals, drugs, science, and the functions of man. The book also reveals that half of the human population is affected with a parasite that can consume and control the brain, suggesting a zombie apocalypse may happen sooner than we think, since, as the book suggests, our brains make our decisions 10 seconds before we do…
8. The Price Of Everything By Eduardo Porter
The Price of Everything is the true story behind global economics, happiness, and the actual dollar value assigned to living. Edaurdo Porter offers a penetrating look into the “motivating forces shaping our lives” as well as the effects of spending on business, public, and governmental sectors. Backed by years of experience, as a well traveled reporter who refined his talents in Mexico, South America, Japan, and the United Kingdom, and education at London’s Imperial College of Science and Technology and the Universidad Nacional Autonoma De Mexico, Porter’s book packs a priceless punch. This book is a must read for anyone who loves books.
9. Sleight Of Hand By Peter S. Beagle
Sleight Of Hand By Peter S. Beagle is a fantasy based collection of short stories about ordinary people struggling with life’s greatest lessons. The stories blends the surreal - dragons, monsters, enchanted princess, and shark gods - with themes of possession, forgiveness, life, hate, love, and death. The collection ultimately weaves the tale of the choices people make when everything they know has been stripped by Fate. Sleight Of Hand most certainly belongs in your personal library.
10. The Enterprise of Death By Jesse Bullington
Colorado resident and Pennslyvania native Jesse Bullington has authored a terrific sci-fi novel full of dark energy and the power of folklore. The story centers around a young, female African slave who becomes the apprentice of an ancient necromancer during the Spanish Inquisition during the European Renaissance. The apprentice is cursed by her master and must go on a quest to find a hidden book. Along her journey, the apprentice encounters people who, as she realizes, may be linked to her by more than coincidence. Bullington combines powers of salvation, life, war, and awareness in this mind opening, must read book.
(Ormoc City Central, Leyte in sunset)
I use speedy mode since we’re inside the car. I still have lots of photos and I might find some other time to upload it. Sorry
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