Food is the way to the heart. This season, treat yourself and other with these amazing recipies that are sure to leave an impact.
The best recipes are ones that go down generations. Making a recipe you used to make with a loved one can be a great way to remember then in the holiday season. We used to make an amazing potato salad every Christmas just like our family used to in the past. If you continue these traditions, you’ll be sure to remember times spent with loved ones in and out of the kitchen. Even if you move on from the original tradition and start new traditions, family is still important and their memory is present just as much.
Some argue that nothing is better than a freshly baked sugar cookie, and to that we say the more the merrier. The sweet paradise melting away in your mouth followed by a rush of cold milk is an unbeatable feeling. Whether its for you, your family, or Santa, these cookies are the best way to wrap up a nice meal or wind down. Below is a recipe for easy sugar cookies, curtesy of allrecipies.
- 2 ¾ cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- ½ teaspoon baking powder
- 1 cup butter, softened
- 1 ½ cups white sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). In a small bowl, stir together flour, baking soda, and baking powder. Set aside.
- In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until smooth. Beat in egg and vanilla. Gradually blend in the dry ingredients. Roll rounded teaspoonfuls of dough into balls, and place onto ungreased cookie sheets.
- Bake 8 to 10 minutes in the preheated oven, or until golden. Let stand on cookie sheet two minutes before removing to cool on wire racks.
Time for fun snacks?
Peppermint popcorn sounds odd, but it hits the spot. Whether it be to watch a movie (check out our day 2 blog for movies here) or to keep guests entertained, this popcorn is a quick and delicious solution. It mixes a normally salty snack with a festive holiday sweet to form a dynamic combination. If you’re a sweet and salty fan or are just looking for a unique treat, this is perfect. Here is a quick and simple recipe from Taste of Home:
- 1 pound white candy coating, coarsely chopped
- 24 cups popped popcorn
- 1/2 to 3/4 cup finely crushed peppermint candy (4 to 6 candy canes)
- Red nonpareils, optional
In a microwave, melt candy coating; stir until smooth. In a large bowl, combine the popcorn and crushed candy. Pour candy coating over top; toss to coat. Pour onto a waxed paper-lined baking sheet. If desired, sprinkle with nonpareils. When hardened, break apart. Store in an airtight container.
In a more savory mood?
This pork recipe will satisfy any meat lovers out there. With the perfect amount of seasoning and crunchy surface, this meal is the main dish in many Hispanic households this season. The energy and flavor this pork has will brighten up any home and please even the most picky eaters. Stemming down from generation of Hispanics and constantly perfecting this dish has come down to this point. So play some salsa and dance away as you prepare this iconic dish:
- 12 pounds of picnic pork shoulder
- 6 teaspoon of minced garlic about 6-8 cloves
- 1 cup of mojo marinade
- 3 teaspoon of salt
- 1 teaspoon of pepper
- 2 teaspoon of oregano
- 3 teaspoon of olive oil
- lime juice optional
- Preheat oven to 325 degrees. (Once marinated for desired amount of time.)
- In a large mixing bowl, with a sharp knife, carefully lift 3/4 of the skin from the meat. Once skin is lifted, gently poke holes throughout meat.
- Season generously with salt and pepper.
- Fill holes with garlic.
- Make a paste with oil and remaining seasonings. Generously rub pork with paste.
- Cover bowl and refrigerate for at least two hours. After two hours, add in a cup of mojo to bowl, continue to marinate for another hour or overnight in fridge.
- Into a large roasting pan, add pork, skin side up. Cover with aluminum foil and bake for 5-7 hours. Remove foil and raise heat to 350 degrees for twenty minutes.
- Remove from heat, let rest for ten minutes. Sprinkle lime juice before serving, if desired.