As you probably noticed from our Thanksgiving post, our family goes all out for the holidays. This year, Christmas is going to be a little different than normal, since I am performing until Christmas Eve, and both sisters will be spending the big day with their in-laws. Mom and Dad didn’t want to be home alone, so I will be meeting them at my Aunt’s house in Southern California.
The table will be set for less guests than usual, but that doesn’t mean we won’t be having excellent meals! My aunt already sent out the proposed menu for Mom and me to weigh in on.
Looking at these incredible suggestions, I started thinking about some of my favorite recipes from past Christmases.
One of the best desserts was a Tipsy Spiced Fruit Tart with Buttermilk Whipped Cream. Lindsey and I made this delicious recipe from Southern Living back in 2009.
In 2010, we started our Christmas dinner with a delicious Arugula-Orange Salad with Pomegranate-White Wine Vinaigrette. This salad had a wonderful, fresh taste, and beautiful, festive colors. It looked great on the dining table!
A tradition that we’ll be continuing this year is our family Holiday Party! After Christmas, the whole family is convening in Texas for our 12th (I think) annual holiday party. Over the years, we’ve provided food at the party through cooking, catering, and/or Costco.
For the past 5 or so years, we’ve always had a big platter of Caprese Sticks. This simple appetizer is always a huge crowd-pleaser.
We also always do a special cocktail. A few years ago, we made Champagne Mojitos, but my poor brother-in-law got so worn out muddling enough mint leaves for 80+ cocktails, that we decided to do something more simple in later years. One of my favorites is “Special Cider”, apple cider with bourbon.
I’m looking forward to seeing what we come up with this year! Do you have any holiday traditions or favorite holiday recipes? We’d love to hear about them!
P.S. If you have not yet entered our Awesome Bar Taster Pack Giveaway, it’s not too late! We will choose and announce the winner tomorrow morning.