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December 25th, 2010

Christmas Diet Tips for Healthy Holiday Eating

It’s Christmas Day, and for many people that means a day full of family, friends, fun, and FOOD! If you are worried about gaining a few extra pounds this holiday season, there are some simple tips you can use to avoid that holiday bulge as we head into the New Year. For more information on these Christmas diet tip for healthy holiday eating, keep on reading after the jump!

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Between Thanksgiving and New Years, there are many opportunities to overextend yourself in the food and drink departments. Not only are people eating more this time of year, but the choice of holiday fare is not always the healthiest. If you are trying to avoid gaining some extra weight this winter, there are some important things to keep in mind.

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December 13th, 2010

Figgy Pudding Recipe

Everyone has heard of figgy pudding thanks to the classic holiday jingle “We Wish You A Merry Christmas”, but few people actually know what figgy pudding is, and even fewer people actually eat it during the holidays! But if you want to take a stab at this traditional Victorian desert, keep on reading for a great figgy pudding recipe!

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Figgy pudding isn’t what you would think of when imagining pudding, and despite being sung about by carolers every year, there aren’t many people who have ever actually had figgy pudding. If you want to change that this year and broaden your holiday palette, try this figgy pudding recipe!

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December 24th, 2009

Christmas Dinner Recipe’s: Easy Creamed Peas

Have you had green bean casserole on your Christmas dinner recipes list forever and sometimes wish you could replace it with an easy yet still tasty vegetable? Give peas a chance ( bad pun, I know ).
Usually when peas are mentioned around here, there’s groans and complaining….unless I say creamed peas.
Below is a simple, basic, yet surprisingly tasty recipe. The garlic salt is optional, as is the cheese.
If you’re new to cooking, this recipe is very hard to mess up…give it a try!
Christmas Dinner Recipe’s: Easy Creamed Peas Recipe

December 21st, 2009

How To Cook A Ham

If you’re wondering how to cook a ham, I’ll tell you up front the easiest way is to buy the pre-cooked ham and follow directions. However, if you’ve already bought your ham and it’s not cooked, or only partially cooked, there are a few things you need to know.

If your ham is frozen, start by thawing it out at least two days before Christmas. Keep the ham in it’s original wrapper, but place on platter/plate or in a container in case contents leak. No one needs ham juice running down the refrigerator shelves!

You need a meat thermometer. They are inexpensive and indispensable!. Never let the thermometer touch the bone of any meat you’re cooking since it will give a false reading.
The USDA recommends a an internal temperature of 160*F before it’s done.

You need to bake your uncooked ham for for 20 to 30 minutes per pound at 375 degrees F.
The simplest way is to place your ham lean side down in a tin foil lined pan. This enables the juices to flow downward for a moister ham.

If you choose to glaze your ham, remove it from the oven a half hour before it’s done and turn it over….glaze and return to oven…lean side up this time.

If you are making a precooked whole ham, try scoring the top in a diamond shaped pattern and inserting cloves in the cuts. You need only cut 1/2″ deep if you do this. You can add whole pineapple slices and a maraschino cherry and pin with toothpicks for a festive look.

Glazing a ham is simple…there’s a ton of recipe’s for ham glaze but sometimes the easiest is the best. Remember to add glaze the last half hour of cooking.

Mix 3/4 cup of brown sugar and 3/4 cup of honey together for a sweet and mild glaze. Or use this one for a bit more flavor.

3/4 cup maple syrup ( not imitation syrup )
1 -1/2 Tbs cider vinegar
2 tsp. Dijon mustard…or similar mustard. Mix together and baste.
Be sure to baste your ham 2-3 times during that last half hour!
You can do an internet search for ham glaze and probably find a 1000 more recipes!

Remember if using a raw ham, you need to take the same precautions and clean up the way you do after handling raw chicken!

Ham is actually rather simple to cook and beautiful to serve so try not to stress too much! It takes a lot of effort to mess one up!

December 19th, 2009

Christmas Dinner Recipe’s : Potatoes Romanoff

Christmas dinner recipe’s can be overwhelming for even the well seasoned cook, but for those just starting out and making their first Christmas dinner it can be terrifying! However, it need not be.
Think of what you and your guests enjoy eating and factor that in when making out your menu. Holiday dinner’s usually consists of foods we eat all year, just a bit fancier during the season. Fancy doesn’t have to mean complicated! Over the next few days we will put up some delicious recipe’s that are fairly easy to make, yet are always a big hit at family gatherings.
I’ll start with Potatoes Romanoff. They are a combination of scalloped and au gratin potatoes, the name just sounds like a difficult dish! One thing to keep in mind when making this recipe is you might run into a picky eater. If you know one will be among your guests, simply prepare a small amount of mashed potatoes as an alternative.
Christmas Dinner Recipe’s : Potatoes Romanoff Recipe

December 14th, 2009

Holiday Recipes: Old Fashioned Southern Christmas Cookies

One of my favorite Christmas traditions is making old fashioned Southern Christmas cookies like my grandmother used to make. During the holidays she transformed her teacake recipe into Christmas cookies and they are nothing if not delicious!

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Old Fashioned Southern Christmas Cookies

Christmas cookies are a MUST during the holidays, especially if you have children. I learned to make them the way my mother and grand-mother made them. We just use the same old-fashioned teacake recipe that was passed down through the generations. Instead of cutting the dough with a small round jelly glass, we would use Christmas cookie cutters and make a variety of treats shaped like stars, stockings balls and Santa Himself.

Cut out the cookies, bake as instructed below, add frosting with some red or green sprinkles and you are good to go for a Christmas treat. Oh, and be sure to let your little ones help cut them out for their own special Christmas cookies!

Here’s an Old fashioned Southern Christmas cookies recipe if you’d like to try it.

Old Fashioned Southern Christmas Cookies

December 13th, 2009

Gluehwein Recipe

When its cold outside, there is nothing like some gluehwein to warm you up from the inside out. The German beverage is a perfect treat on a cold winter night.

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Gluehwein

Gluehwein is a German drink that is usually associated with the Christmas season. You can get a cup or ten of gluehwein at any Christmas Market in Germany. Its perfect to go along with the steaming hot bratwurst sandwiches that all the vendors there sale.

Here in the United States it sounds like it should be spelled ‘glue-vine’. I’ve seen it spelled ‘gluewein’, ‘gluvine’, ‘gluwine’ and ‘gluwein’. It doesn’t matter how you spell it, as long as you enjoy it.

Here’s a recipe that can be made in your own home. Experiment with the spices till you get just the way you like it!

Gluehwein Recipe

December 12th, 2009

Christmas Cookie Recipes : Santa’s Whiskers

Being snowed in isn’t always a bad thing….especially if you’re way behind on your Christmas cookies! My favorite Christmas cookie recipe’s are the one’s that can be modified, such as the Santa’s Whisker’s recipe below.

If you’re not a fan of cherries, substitute dried cranberries. While they don’t look quite the same, they do taste fantastic and the children really love them!

If you’re having one of those days with the kids underfoot, put them to work…have them help you make Santa’s Whiskers! While the dough is in the fridge chilling, they can easily be bribed into cleaning their rooms or even shoveling the sidewalk!

Christmas Cookie Recipes: Santa’s Whiskers

December 9th, 2009

Holiday Sales: Snowstorm, Travel

Here we are, with about two weeks left of Holiday sales and much of this country is *under the weather* so to speak. Holiday deals this time of the year are enough to excite the biggest penny-pincher’s among us; we brave the snowstorms and blizzards and ice and travel wherever we have to, just to save that extra buck.

Every mall, main street and outlet has a Holiday special of some sort and rumor has it that Holiday sales are up this year..in spite of our sick economy. Then along comes the weather from hell…wait that’s not right, hell implies warmth and there’s none of that in the Midwest!

“Tis definitely the time to be grateful for the internet! Thankfully, any Holiday sales we might miss at our local stores can be found on E-bay, Craigslist, Amazon and so forth.

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December 7th, 2009

Dirty Frosty:The Snowman

Once again, what sounds like a recipe is not. ( Remember Chicken Cocaine? )
Dirty Frosty, or Frosty the Inappropriate Snowman, is the result of CBS’s *mash-up*—the blending of shows to promote another show.

CBS, once known as the Tiffany network, has decided that introducing Frosty to strip clubs, pornography and ho’s ( that would be whores, not ho-ho-ho ) is suitable for your children.

Fox News states:

The video ad, “Frosty the Inappropriate Snowman,” takes authentic dialogue from CBS’ “How I Met Your Mother” and “Two and a Half Men” and dubs it on top of the cartoon classic, changing well-known “Frosty” scenes to contain suggestions that the snowman and his friends visit a “strip club.”

I realize that some adults think this is hilarious, however they fail to remember that Frosty the Snowman is a Christmas special and originally aimed at children. Remember them? Those little people that are usually underfoot but trying to behave so Santa will visit? Now they can Google Frosty and see offensive material aimed at adults, and you probably wouldn’t know.

Why anyone would use a children’s show to promote adult comedy is incomprehensible to me. Do we really need a sexualized Frosty?
Parents Television Council president Tim Winter has called for the advertisement to be pulled, saying:

“It’s either ignorance or arrogance, but I can’t imagine the folks at the once-Tiffany network should think this is OK,” he told FoxNews.com. “Someone had to write it and someone had to approve it. It speaks to the decisions that are being made at CBS these days.”

Are there no boundaries anymore? Is nothing sacred? Frosty The Inappropriate Snowman is little more than a ratings ploy. Are our children no longer a priority?
I, for one, will now send CBS to my never watch again file. I want nothing to do with a company that places so little value on our children, or the Christmas season.

How very sad that some adults think sexual exploitation is just fine with our society.

Your thoughts?