Ten things I like to cook, bake...and um, EAT (and drink) during Christmastime:
1. Almond Roca
You knew this would be #1, huh? I've already made two batches, well Justine helped me a great deal, she did all the stirring. The best part is breaking it up with a hammer.
2. Crack Pretzels
As much fun to make as they are to eat. Lots of happy memories of my time in Florida associated with these babies, too.
3. Sugar Cookies
Making, decorating and eating...it's all good.
4. Hot Chocolate
Sounds silly but it just tastes better when it's super cold outside. Or after a long walk in the snow.
5. Peppermint Mocha
Starbucks has this every winter...it's so good! Especially while shopping with your daughters at the mall.
6. Chicken Noodle Soup
I've discovered these Pennsylvania Dutch noodles here and they're so good! This is a family favorite.
I make good chili and Mike loves it during the cold winter months. Ok, who wouldn't?
8. Potato Casserole
I make this every Christmas to eat with our ham on Christmas day. My dear friend Elsie gave me the recipe many, many years ago. It's so good! Ok, I'll give you the recipe: 1 bag of frozen hash browns (thawed), 2 cans cream of potato soup, 1 16oz tub of sour cream and a few cups on grated cheddar cheese (I usually use about 2, you can use more). Mix all together put in a 9x12 baking dish and bake at 350 degrees for 45-60 min. or so, till the top is browned a bit. (It's easy to cut in half too.) Enjoy!
Elsie gave me a great recipe for fudge too. Turns out perfect every time...smooth and creamy not grainy. Important with fudge, that it not be grainy...or is that just me?
10. Spiced Nuts
My wonderful mother-in-law gave me the best recipe for spiced nuts! They're sweet not spicy. Made with pecan halves, cinnamon, nutmeg, etc. Very good. I made some for Veronica to take back to her boyfriend after Thanksgiving. We decorated the tree to the wonderful smell of them baking in the oven. Nice!