Appetizers of My Christmas Party Past

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I can still taste my mother’s delicious appetizers she would make year after year. It all started back when my Nana would hold her famous Christmas Eve parties. This was before I was born. Tables were packed with food, drinks flowed, people laughed and danced to Christmas music all dolled up in their party best! The party wouldn’t stop until the wee hours of the morning. I can picture my grandparents full of happiness and.. well, adult beverages.

Times changed, grandchildren were born and Nana and Bubba’s Christmas Eve parties became mellow, yet just as fun! One of my happiest childhood memories is going to their house on Christmas eve, sitting around the living room, listening to Christmas music, exchanging gifts and simply being together.

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When I was young, my mother would throw a Christmas party in early December for extended family we rarely saw, but once they stepped inside, it felt like we had never been apart. As the years passed, the guest list became shorter, life became busy, and eventually the annual extended family Christmas party came to an end. I can still remember the feeling of our warm inviting home dazzled up for the season. It’s one of those magical feelings that will always live inside of you. Karen Carpenter’s voice filled the living room with joy, Christmas scented Yankee candles softly flickered, and the scent of home cooking coming from the kitchen made mouths water.

The kitchen island was packed full of Christmas party food, but the following are my top five favorites:

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Do you have any family favorite recipes? Please share! I’d love to know what they are!

Happy cooking!

xoxo

Kristina Signature 2

TACO TALK

May 5, 2017

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I’ve been seeing many recipes online about homemade tortillas and I’m always intrigued. I decided to give it a try! Just in time for Cinco de Mayo!

ingredients

Who knew it was so easy to make flour tortillas? The best part is it only requires five ingredients, unlike those prepackaged flour tortillas.

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Combine flour and salt in a large bowl, then mix in the coconut oil and water. Turn onto a floured surface and knead about 10 times. Let rest for 10 minutes. Divide dough into eight portions. On a lightly floured surface, roll each portion into a 7 inches circle (…or circle-like shapes.. :))

pinpitaIn a large nonstick skillet coated with cooking spray, cook tortillas over medium heat for 1 minute on each side or until lightly browned.

pitasI was in the mood for chicken tacos, so I cooked chicken breasts in a crock pot. Once the chicken was shredded, I mixed in taco seasoning.

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Who said tortillas had to be round?!  I topped my tortillas with shredded lettuce, cheese, avocado and sour cream mixed with a bit of taco seasoning.

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They were delicious! Eating a fresh tortilla with simple ingredients makes all the difference. Tip: Do not refrigerate! I placed the leftovers into a plastic container and left it out on the counter.

      Ingredients:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3/4 cup water (use a bit more if needed)
  • 3 tablespoons coconut oil (or olive oil)

Directions:

  1. Combine flour, baking powder and salt. Stir in water and oil.
  2. Turn onto a floured surface and knead about 10 times. Let rest for 10 minutes.
  3. Divide dough into eight portions. On a lightly floured surface, roll each portion into a 7 inches circle.
  4. In a large nonstick skillet coated with cooking spray, cook tortillas over medium heat for 1 minute on each side or until lightly browned. Keep warm. Yield: 8 tortillas.

Pour a margarita and enjoy!

Kristina Signature 2