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      Tuliplady wrote Dec 3, 2011
    • I’ve got to make appetizers for our knitting group potluck on Tuesday night.

      I’ve got to make lunch next Saturday for five or six for our holiday baking extravaganza.

      And in the next couple weeks, I’ve got to serve coffee at least twice and need something yummy and Christmas-y.  One coffee is almost more of a breakfast.

      I’m brain dead on ideas and looking for suggestions that are fun.  They don’t have to be quick or easy, just yummy and fun.




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      Cynthia Schmidt wrote Dec 3, 2011
    • I saw a recipe online once for maple bacon cupcakes that sounded great for a brunch type item.  When I have people over during breakfast time I sometimes serve a baked egg dish or a quiche and then some breads.  To make it Christmas-y you could add some pumpkin spice bread or some sort of additive for the coffee - I’ve served eggnog lattes. Foam the eggnog with a whisk while heating it. Pour some over the top of a cup of coffee, Then sprinkle nutmeg and cinnamon on top.

      If it’s cold in your area, for the lunch menu, perhaps a pot of beef stew and a bowl of mashed potatoes. When I lived in Washington State and it was cold in the winter I had people over for  a gathering and I made a pot of stew, a heap of mashed potatoes, a green salad and everyone put a blob of potatoes in the bottom of their bowl and topped it with stew.  Even a pot of soup, garlic  bread and salad is a good lunch item.

      For appetizers I like using my crockpot for meatballs or a queso bean dip with a bowl of tortilla chips.  My husband makes stuffed mushrooms and they‘re delicious!  Homemade hummus and toasted baguette. Brie topped with jam and wrapped in puffed pastry.

      I’m having a mental block right now, too. If I think of anything I’ll let you know. We‘re going to a party tonight and I’ll see what they have on the menu that I can get recipes for.




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      Mary Clark wrote Dec 3, 2011
    • This is a quick dip that I use quite often.  

      (1) tube of Jimmy Dean sausage- REGULAR
      (1) CAN OF ROTEL TOMATOES (original)
      (1) BLOCK OF CREAM CHEESE

      Cook your sausage...crumbled...and drained....

      In a pot, melt and mix the cream cheese w/the Rotel...when it’s melted...add your drained sausage to the mixture...and serve it in one of those small dip crockpots.  

      Serve with Tostitoes (the dip ones)




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      Mary Clark wrote Dec 3, 2011
    • I don’t know if you are familiar with Wildtree Products...but they make the best “Sweet Onion Spread” (gluten free) that I pour over a block of cream cheese and serve with a cracker.  It is so good that I can make myself sick eating it.  Makes a great appetizer.




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      Tuliplady wrote Dec 3, 2011
    • Cynthia, stuffed mushrooms was one of the things I did have planned.  

      The pumpkin bread is a great idea!  I haven’t done that in ages and I’ve got a great recipe for pumpkin almond bread.

      Mary, I do jalepeno jelly over cream cheese.  Probably one of my very favorite things to eat, but I HAVE to have Wheat Thins with it.

      I also got to thinking about mini cream puffs stuffed with ham salad.  Makes my mouth water just thinking about it and I can make those gluten free.




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      Tuliplady wrote Dec 3, 2011
    • Thanks for the ideas girls.  Sometimes it only takes a little spark to get the imagination back in gear.

      I just finished making mini pistachio cupcakes.  Half will be for faimly dinner tomorrow and half will go to the potluck on Tuesday evening.




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      Kmarie wrote Dec 5, 2011
    • one square box of frozen spinach, one small jar of mayo and one small jar of artichokes hearts , one 4oz package of cheddar cheese. ring water out of spinach. Combine spinach artichokes heart and mayo in baking dish with 2 oz of cheddar cheese, bake in oven for 30 minutes add remaining cheddar cheese on top until melted and slightly brown. Serve spinach dip with chips, bread, pita bread,




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      Marya1961 wrote Dec 9, 2011
    • I have always served small finger sandwiches when there is a small group for lunch and it is super easy..homemade chicken salad (roasting the whole chicken, shredding it and mixing with light mayo, salt, pepper, very small diced onion and celery)..and you can do any variation with chicken and for the bread part, I usually buy small potato rolls or mini croissants and I serve these with a basil/tomato/buffalo mozzarella cheese platter.

      With the coffee, how about an iced yule log?  Anything from chocolate to pumpkin spice to eggnog flavored...those are also simple to make and taste awesome with coffee.

      It all sounds like fun!!




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