The weather here in FL is still chilly for this area but overall I am not complaining at all! I could be at home trying to get through 16" of snow.
Ok, ok lets focus. Christmas festivities! Each year the Foodie family gathers on Xmas eve to celebrate the holiday, exchange gifts and EAT! This side of the foodie family is half Italian/half Swedish which basically translates into hours upon hours of good eating! The aunts/uncles switch houses each year so that its not such a burden on one family every year. This year my mama and daddy foodie hosted. Since I had extra vacation time, I took the week off to help them decorate, cook and clean up.
One of my favorite parts of the holidays is the food but when you are the one hosting it can be quite overwhelming. Especially in an Italian household where you usually plan for about 4-5lbs of food per person ( I wish that was a joke!). Even with it being a pot-luck my mom still cooks for 75 people (sorry mom, we all know its true). We started prep cooking a few days in advance. The general menu was:
- Assorted Pizza
- Macaroni n' Cheese bites
- Pigs n' blanket
- Cheese platters (7 types of cheese people!)
- Antipasto platter
- Fruit platter
- Assorted Desserts - Brownie pops, Italian Cookies, Homemade Fudge, Chocolate Chip Cookies etc....
- Chicken Wings
- BBQ Pulled Chicken
- More desserts....
Here is a quick summary of pictures of my prep work and of the family gathering. To me there is nothing more like home than a loud house full of family eating, drinking and catching up. I am so thankful to have a family that loves to get together and celebrate the true meaning of the holiday season. Enjoy!
|Carmalizing Peppers n' Onions for the "Fenway" Pizza (Sausage, P/Os & Cheddar Cheese)|
|Macaroni n' cheese bites in mini pastry cups|
|Mozzarella, Basil & grilled veggie roll up (tasted great but I think I filled it too much so it fell apart pretty quickly) I will try this again|
|For the healthy choice: Whole Wheat Pizza w/ Pesto, roasted vegetables & feta cheese. This was DELICIOUS!|
|Serving table with just appetizers! Let it be noted, Mama Foodie still didn't think we had enough food at this point.|
|Me with my extra special Prep Cook.. My nephew and future Sailing Foodie|
|Holiday drink station - Eggnog and hot chocolate machine with all the fixins|
|What every foodie needs to prep for 30+ hungry guests|
|The cousins bonding over wrestling and the anticipation of opening gifts!|
|Let the grab gift exchange begin!|
|Overhead shot of the chaos|
What was your highlight of the holiday? Is there any gathering that you look forward to every year?
Off to see Last Comic Standing here in FL tonight... Look forward to my next post which includes me meeting MANATEES!!! Who doesn't love Sea Cows?!?!?!1