Saturday, January 5, 2013

Comfort Christmas

For the past few years my husbands family has adopted a totally awesome unconventional Christmas tradition of no bought gifts (handmade things, stories, games, and other shared activities are all encouraged). Alex wanted to share his delicious brisket magic with everyone, and thus the food theme for Christmas dinner was born: comfort food!

Brisket BBQ sauce ingredients, fresh from World Spice.

Snacks by the light of the Christmas tree and Home Alone on TV
...crackers, cheeses, smoked salmon, hummus, grapes...

So there's a funny story I must include here that Alex's sister, Etalia told us about a phone conversation she had with her mom the day before Christmas. It went something like this:

Mom: Guess what I'm making?!
Etalia: What?
Mom: Crack!
Etalia: ....uuhhh, that's nice.....


Unbeknownst to us, crack is not just an illegal drug anymore, but rather a highly addictive chocolate confection!

Skagit River Valley Ranch Bacon is the best bacon in the world!

The grease was used for cooking, and we had bacon as both an appetizer and mixed into dinner.

Layered lemons, onions and shrimp...

A full kitchen!

 Etalia makes silly faces and gluten-free vegan pie dough

Jeremy's Alabama Shrimp Bake

Etalia & Sorin's Bacon Brussel Sprouts

Debbie's Salad

My Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Etalia's Gluten-Free Vegan Cornbread

Alex's Brisket

Sorin's Frosted Apple Pie (an old family recipe!)

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