Sunday, December 30, 2012

Two favorite things I cooked over the holidays ... one old, one new

I love delicious food over the holidays and enjoy cooking for my family. Some old favorites and some new recipes, made it on my menus.

While at the dentist office, I enjoyed their copy of Real Simple and copied this recipe to try for Thanksgiving. I liked it so much, I made it again for Christmas Eve. 

Carmelized Onion Dip

2 tablespoons butter
2 medium sweet onions, thinly sliced
salt and pepper, to taste
8 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
1 cup sour cream
2 tablespoons chopped chives

Carmelize onions in melted butter (over medium heat) for 30 - 35 minutes.  Let onions cool then combine with the rest of the ingredients. 

Both Jenny and I have December birthdays. For mine, we went to a favorite Turkish restaurant (Cafe Orchid in Chicago)

When I asked Jenny what she would enjoy, she requested an old recipe of my mom's that I had forgotten about. It was so delicious. Again, I fixed it twice over the holidays.

Beef and Pepper Rice Skillet

1 1/2 pounds round steak, cut in strips
2 tablespoons oil
1 cup sliced onions
1 cup rice (jasmine is my favorite) 
1 can beef broth
1 can water
3 tablespoons soy sauce
2 red bell peppers, chopped
1 2-ounce jar pimento, drained (I omit this.)

Brown beef in oil. Stir in onions and cook for 5 minutes. Add rice, broth, water and soy sauce. Bring to a boil. Cover and cook over low heat for 25 minutes. Stir in peppers and pimento and cook 5 more minutes. ( I always keep the meat portion the same, but double the rest of the ingredients.)

What did you cook over the holidays

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  1. I did a kielbasa sausage/potato/green bean casserole for an evening meal a couple days ago...a pretty good breakfast of pancakes, scrambled eggs/cheese and a cinnamon streusel coffee cake. Basically, I ordered a few meals from Bob Evans to relieve myself of spending too much time in the kitchen while everyone else was out in the living room laughting, talking, and playing Christmas games :)

  2. Both recipes sound delicious Glenda. I did a pot roast today in the slow cooker and made seafood chowder for tomorrow night as we are heading next door for some NYE festivities.

  3. Your recipes sound scrumptious! I'm going to do the dip for New Year's Eve - and I may make the skillet dish for supper, too. My sweetheart and I will be home alone this year and it would be nice to try something new! I did a lot of cooking over the holidays. My dear, little, eighty-nine-year-old mother didn't have the stamina for a big family gathering so I broke it up into four gatherings at our home. Three nights and all day Christmas Day in a row - small family groups together with her and my sweetheart and I. I fixed a family favorite chicken and rice for one group, Rachel Ray's Cabbage Roll Stoup (combo of soup and stew because it's so thick) for Christmas Eve Supper, a fabulous New York Roast for Christmas Dinner (done on the grill/smoker by my sweetheart) and braised chicken with scalloped potatoes the night after Christmas. My sweetheart and I are eating a lot of leftovers this week!

  4. Mmmmm. I've made Ina Garten's Carmelized Onion Dip several times--it's delicious! Your receipes sound yummy.

    I didn't cook much because we were gone, but yesterday we had my husband's family here and I made the traditional ham with all the fixings. Today I'm making braised short ribs in my new LE CREUSET pot!! :)

  5. Health, hope, purpose and joy to you and yours in the coming year!
    Thanks for your sweet comment on my Punk Christmas blog...lots of folks didn't find the slow down and sweeten the time message as they were too busy!

    December was dedicated to caring for and moving Mark's mother...
    We hope to get together with both our daughters ( one expected home the 8th from Europe) for Epiphany.

    Oh and one thing I made a lot of during the holidays was Shepard's tea...maybe I will write about that sometime soon...lovely stuff on a cold winter's day.

  6. Hi Glenda,
    Looks delicious! My favorite for Christmas is the cranberry salsa recipe. Everything I cooked over Christmas included at least 8 ounces of cream cheese, oh my, it will be dreadful to get back to real life.

    Enjoy a wonderful start to 2013!

  7. The dip recipe sounds delicious. Will give it a try. Tonight we had black eyed peas and ham, fried potatoes and onions and cornbread. Wow, what a Southern meal! Of course the black eyed peas are suppose to be for good luck in the coming year. We've done this as long asvI can remember.


  8. Hello Glenda! Hope you had a wonderful holiday, I know it was special with both of your girls there! It sounds like you did some yummy cooking! Love that onion dip, sounds similar to the old standby but with a delicious gourmet twist!

  9. Glenda, both of these look great! Happy belated Birthday; hope it was wonderful.


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