Quick Holiday Food Fixes

Quick Holiday Food Fixes

Holiday entertaining does not have to mean toiling away in the kitchen. Cheese, in a variety of forms, makes an easy appetizer or finger food. Cheese was mankind’s first and best fast food which has come, over time, to be called a “Food of the Gods”.

Cheese Notes

The calcium cheese provides not only helps prevent osteoporosis – it may help reduce the risk of hypertension and colon cancer. Cheese supplies essential nutrients like riboflavin, phosphorus, zinc and Vitamins A and Vitamin B12. A 1-ounce slice of cheese provides the same amount of protein as two tablespoons of peanut butter – with fewer calories!

So get some crackers and enjoy!

The following ideas are quick holiday food that can be made ahead. You can relax and enjoy your get together.
Quick Holiday Food Cheese Crackers and Fruits

Quick Holiday Food: Cheese and Crackers

Dates Filled with Honey and Feta: Cut slits in each of 16 medjool dates; remove pits. In small bowl, stir together 4 oz. softened feta cheese and 1/4 cup honey. With fingers or small spoon, stuff dates with cheese mixture.

Manchego Orange Crackers: Top crackers with small piece of manchego cheese and a dollop of orange marmalade or apricot preserves. Sprinkle with toasted anise seeds and sesame seeds.

Honeyed Blue Cheese with Pears: Cut pears into wedges; top with small amount of soft blue cheese (Point Reyes, for example). Drizzle with honey.

Beverages

Holiday Beverage for Quick Holiday Food
For beverages, think warm. The following drinks can be made in large batches for serving a crowd. The Irish Snowball is a scrumptious replacement for traditional eggnog.

Cranberry-Cider Sangria: In large pitcher, stir together 1 (64-oz.) bottle cranberry juice with 6 (12-oz.) bottles hard cider. Add 2 sliced oranges, 2 sliced lemons and 2 Golden Delicious apples, cut into wedges. Let steep 30 minutes. For a non-alcoholic version, substitute 3 (750-ml.) bottles sparkling non-alcoholic cider for the hard cider. About 24 (6-oz.) servings.

Irish Snowball: In medium saucepan, bring 3 cups milk just to a boil; remove from heat. Add 8 oz. chopped white chocolate; whisk to blend. Stir in 6 tablespoons white creme de cocoa and 4 tablespoons Irish cream liqueur. If desired, top with whipped cream. 6 servings.

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Bizarre October Holidays

Bizarre October Holidays
Bizarre October Holidays

Bizarre October Holidays

Along with one of our favorite holidays, Halloween, come a lot of truly bizarre October Holidays!

Bizarre October Holidays – The 1st through the 31st.

October 1 is Magic Circles Day.
October 2 is Name Your Car Day.
October 3 is Virus Appreciation Day.
October 4 is National Golf Day.
October 5 is National Storytelling Festival.
October 6 is German-American Day and Come and Take It Day.
October 7 is National Frappe Day.
October 8 is American Tag Day.
October 9 is Moldy Cheese Day.
October 10 is National Angel Food Cake Day. Use that link and enjoy a chocolate angel food cake today.
October 11 is It’s My Party Day.
October 12 is International Moment Of Frustration Scream Day.
October 13 is National Peanut Festival. (Enjoy a handful of peanuts. There is only 165 calories in 18 peanuts.)
October 14 is Be Bald and Free Day and National Dessert Day.
October 15 is White Cane Safety Day.
October 16 is Dictionary Day.
October 17 is Gaudy Day.
October 18 is No Beard Day.
October 19 is Evaluate Your Life Day.
October 20 is National Brandied Fruit Day.
October 21 is Babbling Day.
October 22 is National Nut Day.
October 23 is National Mole Day.
October 24 is National Bologna Day.
October 25 is Punk For A Day Day.
October 26 is Mule Day.
October 27 is Sylvia Plath Day.
October 28 is Plush Animal Lover’s Day and National Chocolate Day.
October 29 is Hermit Day.
October 30 is National Candy Corn Day.
October 31 is National Magic Day and Increase Your Psychic Powers Day.

Let’s face it.  Some of those are indeed bizarre October holidays.  You could have some fun with a lot of these. 🙂

P.S. Don’t miss our Halloween Recipes for ghostly good Halloween!

Halloween Prose

Hey how for Halloween! All the witches to be seen.

Some in black and some in green.

Hey how for Halloween!

– Traditional song