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holiday party food – part 2

At this point, the rush of the holiday season is in full swing.  On my previous post, I suggested three, easy-to-make party food treats and the three I have chosen today are just as easy.  Chocolate is a crowd-pleaser and lovely to have on hand when your friends and family pop over.  Making your own is easier than you may think.  Include your kids to help out when making Christmas bark and when your guest asks who made it they can gleefully say they helped.  The onion dip is a cinch to whip up and any leftover can be used as a spread in a sandwich, slathered on a hamburger, thinned out with milk to make a dressing, tossed with pasta.  Savoury palmiers are delicate bites and need little ingredients to enjoy.  This recipe uses my homemade spice rub but you can omit the rub and add fresh herbs such as thyme, sage or oregano and top with cheese.

Christmas bark – make and store in the refrigerator for up to two weeks (if it lasts that long!).  Make a big batch and give to those who enjoy homemade gifts.

Onion dip – sure you can buy the commercial version but making your own allows you to control the ingredients and omit any additives commonly found in the dips you buy at the grocery store.

Savoury palmiers – flaky and light.  Make these ahead and pop into the oven before your friends arrive.

Well, folks, 2016 is almost over and I leave you with this little message:  the blessing of peace, the beauty of hope, the spirit of love, the comfort of faith.  May these be your gifts this holiday season.

About Heather Chase

The Culinary Chase was coined by my husband whilst in a coffee shop in Hong Kong back in 2006. We wanted something that would be a play on my last name and by the time we finished our coffee, the name was born. As long as I can remember I’ve enjoyed cooking. It wasn’t until we moved to Asia that I began to experiment using herbs and spices in my everyday cooking. Not only do they enhance the flavor of food but also heighten it nutritionally. Over the years, I began to change our diet to include more vegetables, pulses, whole grains and less red meat. Don’t get me wrong, we love our meat, just not in super-size portions (too hard for the body to digest). I always use the palm of my hand as a guide to portion control when eating red meat. If the meat is larger than my hand, I save that portion for another day. Also, if the veggies on your plate look colorful (think the colors of the rainbow) – red, green, yellow, orange etc. then you’re most likely getting the right amount of nutrients per meal. I post recipes that I think help maintain a healthy body. I use the 80/20 rule – 80% of the time I make a conscious effort to eat healthy and 20% for when I want french fries with gravy (poutine). Balance is the key and to enjoy life with whatever comes my way. Thanks for visiting!


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