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              It's DECEMBER!   "The most wonderful time of the year"   HAPPY DECEMBER and
     MERRY CHRISTMAS
          EVERYBODY!
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CHRISTMAS MONTH ALREADY!
It always seems that the months from about September through New Year's, absolutely fly by. Then after that, doesn't it seem to slow to a snail's pace? I always think that the months between January and May take something like 12 years. . .

By the way, I have another whole page devoted to Christmas entertaining and ideas. Here's link:
                 MORE CHRISTMAS IDEAS!




Hello, fine foodie friends, and a very happy December to you all! I'm Patti Saunders Mays in Boise, and I'm so glad you're here.
I have lots of terrific new Christmas recipes and ideas to share with you! All are tried & true, kitchen-tested, and call for reasonably-priced, easy-to-find ingredients. And, if I do say so myself, ALL are exceptionally delicious. :)

I hope you pick up some ideas for something a little different from your usual Christmas fixins. You might just discover some new traditions!
               Explore the site and enjoy!
Copy, re-post, and use the recipes (please, oh please give me credit!) and by all means - come back often!  - Patti Mays



                         
           THESE ARE SOME OF THE BEST RECIPES ON
        EARTH FOR DECEMBER AND CHRISTMAS.
       ALL ARE FAMILY TESTED and APPROVED! 
                              (click on links for the full recipe & details) 

  
                                             HOT & COLD SALAD
                     5-STAR RECIPE
This fabulous salad will dazzle your taste buds as well as your guests. The flavor is beyond description, and the presentation is elegant. Click Here for Recipe

                                                   



 
This is my sister Shirley's ARTICHOKE-SHRIMP BISQUE and it is  AMAZING! When I begged and pleaded for the recipe, she laughingly told me a big secret that makes this wonderful bisque super easy.  Click here.




    

     
 HAVE YOU EVER   TRIED AN ICE 
     MOLD?

It's a show-stopper! Looks just spectacular on the dining table, bar counter, or coffee table. The first time we saw one of these it had a beautiful bottle of nice champagne chilling in it. 
I was so taken with it I just had to get one. It makes a great big impact! People can't stop talking about it.

You can put any kind of decorations in it that you want - holly berries, twigs of pine, small pine cones for winter; sliced lemons & limes in the summer, acorns & leaves in the fall. Tailor it for anniversaries, birthday parties - the possibilities are endless.   Click here for details
And I've even included a video that shows how to use it! :)   Or - you can click here and order the ice mold right now.
           
 

                      
                       JUICY! And OH-SO-
      DELICIOUS!
    Try this step-by-step
           method for
     PRIME RIB
Basically, there are 5 simple but VITAL secrets to cooking a fabulous Prime Rib... I detail every single one, step -  by-step.  CLICK HERE


                                

   ITALIAN-STYLE
      CHERRIES
    (Only 5 Ingredients!)
These taste like you ordered them from an ultra-expensive New York gourmet shop.They're not too sweet and have a wonderful, rich, boozy flavor because of the little bit of rum.They're perfect for drop-in guests or spur-of-the-moment treats because you make them ahead and keep in 'fridge for weeks! Serve over vanilla ice cream.
                           
CLICK HERE
    


  DON'T FORGET YOUR BEST FRIENDS!


  MICROWAVE OATMEAL
     DOG TREAT BALLS
Dogs absolutely love these treats, and they're so much healthier than store-bought because they don't have even a speck of preservatives or additives (fake flavoring, etc). You can do so many neat things with these. What a terrific gift for your friends with dogs! Put a bunch in a cellophane bag and tie with a big red ribbon and hand- made tag. SO CUTE!! And pet parents love these too because they know they're homemade with love. What a hit! 
                                                                 
                                                                   


           
      SUGAR SPICE PECANS Mmm!                                  

 
TOO GOOD FOR WORDS! 
These are one of those treats you just can't stop eating. They're so incredibly good, and EVERYbody loves them! These are so popular every year, we give them as gifts (along with bags of homemade doggie treats. See previous recipe).

They're just perfect for neighbors, special teachers, work associates, hair stylist. Just put a large scoop of nuts in a pretty cellophane bag, add a gift tag, and tie them up with a Christmas-y bow. Best little gifts ever because people really enjoy them!  
                    (Remember to save some for yourself!)

For terrific step-by-step how-to pictures, visit one of my favorite food blogs: SUGARRUSH BAKING.

Ingredients. . . 
    1 egg white
    1 Tablespoon water
    1 C sugar
    1 teaspoon salt
    1 teaspoon cinnamon
    1 pound pecan halves (about
      2 cups). Other nuts are
      good too - walnuts,
      cashews, even peanuts.)

Instructions. . . 
Place egg white and water in mixing bowl. Beat with electric mixer until frothy. In a separate bowl, stir together sugar, salt, and cinnamon until well blended. Pour pecans into frothed egg white and stir to coat well. Take a handful of pecans at a time and gently toss them in the sugar mixture with your hands.  Lightly grease a large, rimmed baking sheet. Place onto baking sheet and bake at 300 for 30-40 minutes, stirring every ten minutes.   
   
                             ABSOLUTELY YUMMO!!

                                

    AND THERE'S  MORE! LOTS MORE. . .

      BAKED ORNAMENTS and MAGNETS. SO FUN!!

The first time I made these with our daughter, we had such a great time, and we both adored our pretty ornaments. Later, Natalie made this little cherry pie magnet as a  remembrance gift for that special Christmas project. To this day it's one of my most cherished things.  Click here for recipe and details

 


  Aren't they 
      great?

         

 
          
                  
                       HERE'S ANOTHER TERRIFIC BISQUE 
My 5-star crab bisque is a delightful starter for your Christmas meal.
Your guests will think you've gone to culinary school!





Butterscotch Bubbleloaf is one of those treats that works just about any time, even for breakfast. I usually serve it late in the afternoon during the Christmas season; and we love it on Christmas Eve.


Spinach Salad w Apples & Brie, has become one of our year-round favorite salads but it is especially pretty at Christmas. The spinach is cold and crisp, and the warm dressing makes the Brie soft so the flavor is really enhanced. With the apples, the flavors just seem to be made for each other. We love this special salad. 


French Toast Casserole  is another huge hit, especially for Christmas breakfast. You can't believe how good, and the best part is that you make it the night before! So it's a no-fuss breakfast. It looks fancy, too, but is easy to make.



   

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