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Xmas Eve Snacks

Long after dinner on christmas eve, a bunch of people came over to drink wine and eat party food. I made myself a cocktail instead and ate the crap out of everything, including some fruit.
And my mom’s famous fresh spring rolls. You can’t possibly not like these. Unless you are the grinch.
I was tasked with making the bruschetta. Luckily for me, the bread was already toasted and came from a bag, and the topping came from a jar, courtesy of costco. But you know what? They were freakin tasty. Who the hell cares that they weren’t homemade? I may have barely slaved over these but they were delicious.
Some pan-fried oysters, dredged in flour and egg. Ok, I wasn’t too crazy about this.
You remember the tex-mex pie, right? Yeah, it was great this night and also on the next day.
One of the party guests brought this amazing homemade lemon poppyseed bundt cake. Holy moly. This was some of the best cake I have ever had in my life. Seriously. Once I started eating it, I literally could not stop. It was like a disease. Now I have to get the recipe, and when I do, I will share it with you. And you will all witness power that is this cake!

Tex-Mex Pie

One of the party foods that we got to snack on christmas eve was this tex-mex pie. This picture is missing a few things (olives and cheese), so just follow the recipe. I’m a fan of a standard 7-layer dip and this is really along the same lines, it’s just called tex-mex pie. But it’s really easy and tasty.

1 ripe avocado
2 Tbsp lemon juice
1 can refried beans
1 cup sour cream
1/2 cup mayo
1 pack taco seasoning
4 chopped scallions
1 large tomato, chopped
1 cup sliced black olives
1 cup shredded cheese of your choice

Spread refried beans over the bottom of a glass pie plate. Mash the avocado with lemon juice, salt, and pepper and spread in a circle over the beans, leaving an edge showing. Mix mayo, sour cream, and taco seasoning. Make a smaller circle of this mixture on top of the avocado. Sprinkle the rest of the ingredients over the top and serve with tortilla chips or corn chips.

Gourmet Pot Luck

Potlucks do not have to be about beanie weanies and salsa dip. They can be gourmet as well! M and E hosted a high class gourmet pot luck, and somehow, I was invited. Some lovely champange cocktails. Way to start this thing off!
This beet dip is just about the most beautiful color in the world. And it tasted just as beautiful. Who said dip couldn’t be healthy? Especially when it’s served with cucumbers.
M’s mom and P made these ganderi kebabs made with ground chicken, herbs and spices. It was served with a mango chutney and these chicken balls were a hit!
We talked about how beautiful the beet dip was but look how beautiful this cold squash soup is! It looked great and tasted just as great. It wasn’t just the food that looked attractive. M outdid herself with the tableware and decorations.
Onto the real gourmet stuff! Coq au vin! Made with a pressure cooker and all! It was super moist and tender.
Rabbits are adorable but they’re also incredibly tasty. This was a rabbit stew with prunes. This was definitely my favorite meat dish of the night.
Some gorgeously stuffed chicken.
Don’t worry, it wasn’t all just meat. There was also this pesto pasta that D brought. She made the pasta by hand!
There was even this brussel sprout salad. And it was amazing. It was vegetarian for the most part, except for the large hunks of ham.
To keep it gourmet as well as local, M made some eggless eggnog using Snap liquor. Dangerously delicious snapnog!
Tiramisu from wegmans!
Me and gourmet cooking don’t go well together, so I took the easy way out and brought a mocha cake from the korean bakery. Everybody loved this because well, it’s freakin delicious. Thanks to M and E for hosting another fantastic dinner!

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