Thursday, December 31, 2009

Last Minute Holiday Recipes

Year's end is neither an end nor a beginning but a going on, with all the wisdom that experience can instill in us. ~Hal Borland

I hope everyone had a lovely Christmas. We have one more family celebration to go to on Saturday and then we officially finished our celebrations! I thought I'd share a few last minute recipes today. We are pretty laid back on New Year's Eve and New Year's Day. We stay at home with the kids, watch movies or football and play board games. It's quiet but fun:)

Garlic Herb Cheese Dip

1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves
1 garlic clove, peeled
1/2 teaspoon kosher or sea salt
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
8-ounces cream cheese
1/4 cup sour cream

Blend first four ingredients in a food processor until garlic is finely chopped, occasionally scraping down sides of bowl. Add cream cheese and sour cream and blend well. Season with more salt and pepper, if needed. Transfer to serving bowl; chill 30
minutes or longer. Serve with crackers.

Feta Cheese Dip

1 minced small jalapeno pepper
1 sprig fresh dill weed--or 1/2 tsp. dried dill
1 clove garlic, chopped
4 ounces Feta cheese
4 ounces cream cheese
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons buttermilk

Combine all ingredients, except buttermilk in a blender or food processor. Blend till combined. Add buttermilk and mix. Serve with vegetables and crackers.

Crock pot Spiced Hot Chocolate

8 ounces Semi-sweet chocolate chips
3 cups Half & Half
2 cups milk
1 cup strong coffee
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon allspice
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
pinch salt
Frozen whipped topping

Add the chocolate chips, half & half, milk, coffee, brown sugar, vanilla, spices and salt to the crock pot. Stir and cover. Cook on the high setting, stirring every 15 minutes, until the chocolate has melted, about 1 hour. Serve immediately, or
turn crock to low (or warm if yours has that setting). Serve with the thawed whipped topping.

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