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Comfort foods create new holiday traditions

DIANES DELIGHTS

Posted: December 21, 2011 - 5:15pm

The Christmas season in our household has both traditional and non-traditional elements to it. As we gather with family and friends, may God direct us to know which traditions to keep, those we perhaps should establish and those we should do away with. May we take the time to enjoy the real beauty of Christmas and lift up Jesus during the holiday season and every day throughout the year that we are so blessed with. May you have a wonderful holiday as you enjoy the beauty of Christmas.

Shrimp Butter

2 cans shrimp, rinsed and drained

1 tablespoon onion, minced

Juice of 1 lemon

4 tablespoons mayonnaise

1 1/2 sticks butter, room temperature

Salt to taste

8 ounces cream cheese

Mix all ingredients well with mixer, adding shrimp last. Makes a large amount, and freezes well. This is a spread rather than a dip. Serve with Club crackers.

Judy’s Swedish Meatballs

Serving size: 10

2 1/2 pounds hamburger

1 pound seasoned pork sausage

1/2 cup onion, chopped

1 cup rolled oats

1 tablespoon salt

1/4 teaspoon pepper

2 eggs

1 -1/2 cups milk

3 tablespoons butter

Bouillon cubes

May add 1/4 teaspoon of each cloves, nutmeg and allspice

Combine all but butter. Shape into balls and brown in butter. Arrange in baking pan. Cover with water mixed with bouillon cubes 3/4 way up the meatballs. Bake at 350 degrees for 30-60 minutes. Can remove meatballs and thicken juice with Wondra flour to thicken.

Serving size: 6

1 cup flour

1 cup milk

4 eggs

3 tablespoons melted butter

Dash of salt

Kris’ Popovers

Heat oven to 450 degrees. Grease four deep custard cups or six popover cups. With hand beater, beat eggs slightly; add milk, flour, butter and salt and beat just until smooth. Don’t overbeat. Fill cups half full, Bake at 450 degrees for 25 minutes. Slit tops with knife Lower temperature to 350 degrees and bake 15-20 minutes longer or until deep golden brown. Immediately remove from pan; serve hot.

GARY’S TIP: For an excellent flavor when cooking vegetables, use canned chicken broth instead of water when cooking.

FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Recall it as often as you wish, a happy memory never wears out.