Monday, December 22, 2008

3 recipes that mean Christmas....

Nothing conjures up Christmas memories like doing a little cooking in the kitchen. My 3 favorite eats for the Christmas season are - Puppy Chow, Cranberry salsa and Black eye pea dip. We use to make puppy chow every Christmas when our children were little and my Brother Danny would take us all caroling in a horse drawn wagon through the Tanglewood area of Big A. We would put lights on the wheels and horses and cover with lots of blankets and of course each child had a baggie full of puppy chow and hot chocolate. It is a precious memory for us all. We have sent puppy chow all the way to Wyatt in Afghanistan and Iraq and up the ski slopes of Santa Fe. It is truly a family favorite or maybe its the memories that make it so sweet!

Puppy Chow

1 box of Crispix Cereal
12oz pkg Choc Chips
1 cup peanut butter
2 cups powdered sugar or till covered good

Melt choc chips in microwave - stir in peanut butter. Pour on top of cereal and mix well.Pour powered sugar on top and cover well. Mix in larger bowl and have containers ready to fill- Enjoy

Black-eyed Pea Dip

2 cans Black eye Peas with jalapenos - drain
1 med purple onion thinly sliced
1/2 clove garlic or garlic powder
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
1/4 cup oil
salt and cracked black pepper
Mix all together and serve with tostitos.

Cranberry Salsa

1 pkg cranberries
1 small purple onion
2 tablespoons chopped cilantro
1 cup sugar
2 tablespoons lime juice
Chop cranberries in food processor and add all other ingredients after chopping. Serve over Cream cheese block. A great Christmas addition to every party!

Make some of your own Christmas memories with these wonderful snacks...Have a sweet Christmas......


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