December Entertaining: Asian Meatballs with Mango Dipping Sauce

Christmas is almost upon us and we have had a fun time testing out recipes for party friendly food this month.  To round out the series, today we are featuring some tasty meatballs full of mouthwatering flavors.  Meatballs are a great party food.  You can make them in advance.  You can freeze them for later use.  They are perfectly bite-sized and the flavor possibilities are endless.  And they are fun to eat!

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December Entertaining: Easy Potato Kugel

 

December brings endless parties and one family get together after another.  Christmas for my family ends up being spread out over several weeks.  After years of service with the Fire Department, my husband has enough seniority that he no longer has to work on Christmas Day if his shift happens to fall on December 25.  In the weeks leading up to Christmas, we get together at the fire station with all of the other wives and kids and share a meal, lots of laughs and the kids have an ornament swap.  This usually kicks off our holiday get together season.  Next, my sweet husband’s birthday is December 24 so at some point we get together with his mom and then his dad to celebrate his birthday and Christmas with each of them.  Then comes my family.  As the oldest of 9 children where 6 of us are married and there are now 10 grandchildren and we all live within 30 minutes of each other.  Christmas is a HUGE event for us.  My parents own their own small business and they have always closed their business for the entire week between Christmas and New Years and we spend that entire week playing board games and of course eating.  My sisters and I usually call my mom and find out what the food plan is for each day and then decide what side dish, dessert or bread we will bring.

The recipe I will be sharing with you today is so simple I almost didn’t share it with you but my daughter said it was a must.  This potato kugel can easily be a side dish or can be eaten like a hash brown casserole if you have a Christmas Brunch you are hosting.  My favorite part about this dish is that it can easily be made ahead, frozen and then reheated when you are ready to serve it.

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Holiday Baking Series Part 3: Cheese Straws

Looking for a little savory relief from all the sweets?  These cheese straws are perfect for parties, gifts or just sitting down and enjoying at the end of a long day.  I was able to really put the Ankarsrum to work with this recipe, utilizing the grater attachment, the whisking bowl and the cookie press.  This recipe is very easy and quick to throw together; perfect for this busy holiday season!

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