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Christmas 2014 Roundup

This year we made a lot of our go to favorite recipes, along with a few new hits. I will have to go back and take pictures at a later date because I was a big loser and didn't take any pictures at the Christmas party this year. This makes me so sad and disappointed, you have no idea.

Our menu was a little funky in terms of what we made as we were cooking for a corn allergy and a soy intolerance. So some items were tweaked to fit the needs of the guests.

Christmas Party Menu 2014:

Appetizers - 
Cheese wrapped in proscuitto platter.
Fiesta Corn Dip with fritos. (Changes made: Drain everything really well so there is less liquid.
Fiesta Corn Dip
Omit bell peppers. Add a can of well drained rotel tomatoes. Add a jalapeno. Great success.)
Cream cheese with a raspberry chipotle jam spread on top served with crackers.

Drinks -
Homemade Crock Pot Hot Chocolate. Really tasty! We had a bunch leftover so I stored it in the fridge and reheated it on the stove the next day.
Raspberry Limoncello Prosecco. This one just didn't work for me. Wanted to love it but it was too strong for my tastes.
White wine

Main Dishes and Sides -
Ham with fresh rolls
San Remo Dip with baguette slices
Broccoli Apple Salad

Desserts and Cookies -
Hot Chocolate Snowballs
Favorite cookie of the year! Soft & Thick Cut Out Sugar Cookies.
Eggnog Gooey Butter Cookies. Good but so intensely strong on the scent. This may have been my fault as the rum extract I used was 4 times as strong as normal extracts and perhaps I added just a touch too much? Not sure. Either way wrap these in their own container or else that rum scent will infiltrate all other baked goods.
Juniors Cheesecake topped with All Fruit Apricot Jam, Fresh Raspberries and stabilized sweetened whipped cream piped around the edges and base.
Hot Chocolate Snowballs.
Holiday Cream Cheese Mints.
Snowball Cookies.
Cherry Kolacky Thumb Print Cookies.
Soft and Chewy Ginger Cookies. I've made 3 or 4 ginger cookie recipes over the past few years and I have decided that my old recipe is by far the best. The texture just beats out all the other recipes.