Awesome New Year’s Eve Appetizer

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These roll-up snacks are delicious.  People seem to love them, and often ask me to bring them to their parties.  They are pretty simple to make, although some of the prep (like cooking the bacon) is a little time-consuming.  You don’t have to be exact on the amounts of the ingredients, but here is a general guideline.


Package of large flour tortillas

Package of cream cheese

Bunch of lettuce (I like romaine) (washed and dried)

1-2 lb. sliced deli turkey

Package of bacon

2-4 avocados (diced)

Plastic wrap

Cook bacon to really crispy (I usually cook it in the microwave for maximum crispiness), then line up ingredients in the order that they’re listed above.  Spread thin layer of cream cheese on tortilla, place a leaf of lettuce on top, then a few slices of turkey, then a handful of avocado pieces, and then crumbled bacon (I place the majority of ingredients toward one end, making it easier to roll).  Roll tortilla starting from one end, then wrap it securely in plastic wrap and place it in the refrigerator.  Do this with remaining ingredients.  Chill for about 2-3 hours.  Just before serving, remove plastic wrap and cut into rolls, about ½ to 1-inch thick. Arrange and serve.  Note: these are best when you prepare them about 2 to 3 hours before serving them (keeps bacon crispy and avocado green).


Quick and Easy Appetizers for New Year’s Eve

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Here are some quick, easy, and pretty appetizers just in time for New Year’s Eve. (reposted from January 2009).

Above: Celery filled with a mixture of cream cheese, minced garlic, chopped black olives, pine nuts, and black pepper (you can also add other ingredients such as chopped red and green bell peppers, onion, etc.); prosciutto-wrapped string cheese halves.

Above: Antipasto platter with rolled up salami, olives, artichoke hearts, and grape tomatoes.

Seven Layer Cookies

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1 cube melted butter in 9×12 baking dish

1 ½ fine graham cracker crumbs

1 6 oz. pkg. chocolate chips

1 6 oz. pkg. butterscotch chips

1 cup Angel Flake coconut

½ cup chopped nuts (walnuts or pecans)

1 large can sweetened condensed milk (Eagle brand)

                Preheat oven to 350.  Layer ingredients in baking dish in order as listed above.  Dribble milk on top.  Do not mix!  Bake at 350 for about 30 minutes (or until done).  Cool completely in pan.  Cut into small squares.

Italian Christmas Cookies

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Here we’ve assembled a beautiful plate of assorted cookies that include several Italian varieties from a favorite Italian market and some homemade standbys – Snow Balls (see recipe in previous post), 7-Layer Cookies (recipe to come soon), and cut-out sugar cookies (post coming soon).

Snow Ball Christmas Cookies

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1 cup butter (softened at room temp.)

½ cup powdered sugar (plus extra for rolling them in after baking)

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 cup chopped nuts (pecans are best in this recipe, but you could also use walnuts)

2 ½ cups flour

                Preheat oven to 350.  Cream butter and sugar together, add vanilla and nuts.  Add flour – mix.  Form into balls (about ¾ inch in diameter).  Bake at 350 for 12-15 minutes.  While still warm, roll in powdered sugar.

Themed Christmas Trees

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Every Christmas, I put up several trees throughout the house: a main tree in the living room and some additional trees with different themes.  They include a police tree in honor of my husband’s profession, an Italian tree in honor of our heritage, and a pink tree in our little girl’s room.

Here are some of the themed Christmas trees in our home:

Police Themed Christmas Tree
Pink Christmas Tree
Italian Themed Christmas Tree
Leaning Tower of Pisa Tree Topper
Italian Landmark Ornaments
Gondola Ornament
Pizza Ornament
Legendary Italian Christmas witch La Befana (and friends)
Santa in gondola ornament I bought in Venice

Please share your themed Christmas tree ideas.

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Ideas for Leftover Turkey

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You can do more with leftover turkey than make sandwiches.  Here are a couple simple ideas:

Mini Turkey Pot Pies

1 potato, peeled and diced

1 cup of diced carrots

1 cup of diced turkey (or chicken)

1 can of cream of mushroom soup

1 can/package of biscuit dough (i.e. Pillsbury Grands)

Nonstick cooking spray

Muffin pan

1 tablespoon butter

Heat oven to 375.  Steam potato and carrot cubes until tender.  Spray muffin pan compartments/cups with cooking spray.  Split biscuit dough into halves.  Place ½ of each biscuit dough into each muffin pan cup, and press it to cover the cup.  Spoon about ½ tablespoon of cream of mushroom soup into each dough cup.  Then, spoon carrots, potatoes and turkey into dough cups up to the top.  Place remaining dough halves on top of each biscuit cup and seal onto the bottom half of the dough.  Spread butter on top of each little pot pie.  Bake at 375 for about 15 minutes (or until golden brown). 

Turkey, potatoes, carrots, cream of mushroom soup

Add soup to biscuit cup.
Ready for the oven
Out of the oven, golden brown
Mini turkey pot pies
They can also be served like a little bowl of soup.

Turkey Quesadillas

No explanation needed here.  Just two tortillas, some cheese and shredded turkey.  Cook in a Panini grill.