Everyone needs an easy go to Holiday treat recipe. One that requires minimal ingredients and minimal time to make. Peppermint Crunch fits that bill.
It only has 3 ingredients. 4 ingredients if you decide to add peppermint flavoring to either chocolate layers.
Just like spiced crackers, this recipe makes great hostess gifts. It cost a bit more than crackers, but who doesn’t love chocolate and peppermint during the holidays. This is probably why we gain up to 5% of our weight over the holidays. I don’t deny that nuts, caramel, and cinnamon flavored treats are part of the problem.
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Spiced crackers have many versions and many names across the cooking blogosphere and home kitchens. These are probably called “those crackers you make for Christmas gifts” more than any other name in my house. But, these are good anytime and I didn’t want to ban them other people’s houses just during the holiday season.
These crackers are very easy to make and definitely more frugal than anything loaded with chocolate or nuts. Packed into small baggies, the crackers make a great filler for a cookie tray that has a small space left and you are out of cookie cooking or candy making steam.
Larger containers of spiced crackers can work as a stand-alone hostess gift. I have used these crackers for both purposes.
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New Orleans Style Bread Pudding is my kind of bread pudding. This bread pudding does not have large pieces of bread hanging out. This is creamier than other bread puddings, but not too egg-y.
If you want more bread in your pudding why not just make some French toast?
It can be made with any kind of leftover bread that you have laying around.
I prefer making this with some dried out quick yeast rolls. I’m able to crumble them pretty quickly and these rolls absorb the liquid pretty easily. As you are mixing up this bread pudding, the consistency will look like really wet oatmeal. No worries, this will bake up and set just fine. You want it to be somewhat soupy.
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Beef Salad is perfect for elegant cocktail parties and casual get-togethers. It’s all in the presentation with this one.
It is easy enough that even beginners should be able to pull off beef salad so long as they own a food processor or blender. I might be possible to mince the meat with a knife, but I have never done it. I am too lazy for all of that, and patience is NOT by strong suit.
This recipe can be scaled down to use leftover roast beef. I used to make it this way until I discovered that so many people liked it that I actually needed to make a full roast just for beef salad. This is another one of those dishes that I carry to others’ parties as an appetizer.
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Witch’s Stew is just a Halloween party variation of Frog Eye Soup.
Frog Eye Soup is just a variation of chicken and pasta that had been started as a soup recipe and turned into more of a pasta dish. But the name has stuck in our family for about 20 years.
Frog Eye Soup got its name from the pasta shape that I had on hand for a Frog Eye Salad. For those of you who have never heard of Frog Eye Salad, it is kind of a sweet dish in which ambrosia and pasta salad got mixed up in the same bowl. It was very popular in the 60’s and 70’s.
I’ll try to make some in time for the spring holidays. Right now, my house is in full fall and winter holiday prep. For the blog anyway, you won’t find any carved pumpkins, graveyard scenes, or Christmas trees in the house just yet. But give it another month and you might.
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