After sailing through the holidays, it occurred to me that there are a few more traditions that we partake in and they all involve food…
Easy Christmas Eve In addition to making every effort to not have last minute wrapping to do, if there is a way to make Christmas Eve easier and less chaotic, I’m all over it. Instead of going overboard with a fancy Christmas Eve dinner, we save that for Christmas Day and we enjoy yummy Potato Hot Dogs the night before. What’s not to love about hot dogs stuffed with mashed potatoes, topped with velveeta cheese, and cooked to gooey perfection (I even use boxed potatoes)?!! The other easy Christmas Eve tradition is one that I borrowed from my sister-in-law… Santa’s cookies are from a frozen batch of Nestle’s from the store – yeah!!!
Char’s Christmas Morning Casserole Jeff’s Mom, Char, has passed on this delicious recipe for her Christmas Casserole. Besides the fact that it smells and tastes delicious, this casserole can be made ahead of time and it never fails to be finished just as the first round of presents is over and people start realizing they’re hungry…
- 12 Slices Bread
- 1/2 Cup Butter
- 1/2 Fresh Mushrooms – Sliced
- 2 Cups thin sliced Onions
- 1 1/2 lbs. Italian Sausage
- 3/4 lb Shredded Cheddar Cheese - Grated
- 6 Eggs
- 2 1/2 Cups Milk (Use part Half n Half)
- 3 t Dijon Mustard
- 1 t dry Mustard
- 1/2 t Nutmeg
- 2 T chopped Parsley
Brown mushrooms and onions in 1/2 C butter.
Cook Sausage and break into bite size pieces.
Butter a 9×13 casserole and layer bread, mushrooms and onions, sausage, cheese. Repeat, ending in cheese.
Mix eggs, seasonings and milk and pour over casserole.
Refrigerate overnite. Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour.
New Year’s Fondu(shi) Back in Idaho, we (along with our good friends) couldn’t decide which tasty food morsels we’d rather be ringing in the New Year with…fondue or sushi. The decision was too difficult, so we compromised and started the Fondushi tradition! It’s fabulous and usually involves way to much food. For the past few years, we’ve resorted to just fondue because we’ve been living in places were sushi is generally unavailable, but I have no doubt that Fondushi will be back before long!