As we celebrate Christmas and the New Year we always go back to our family’s tradition.
Recently in an article I read, I found some strange but true traditions. From 1659 to 1681 it was illegal to celebrate Christmas in Massachutes. If you were caught celebrating you would be fined.
St. Nicholas is actually a historical figure and he was the Bishop in Asia Minor. He died Dec. 6, 343. We celebrated his birthday and we hung out our stocking and usually got oranges, apples and peanuits, or maybe sticks or coal if we weren’t good.
If we think everything is too commercial these days, as early as the mid-1820s Santa Claus was employed to sell Christmas goods. The modern image of Santa Claus was created by an American cartoonist, Thomas Mast in the 1800s. He as pictured as a fat, jolly old man with white hair.
The first image of a Christmas tree was illustrated in a book written by a German immigrant.
It wasn’t until the fourth century that the Church offically decided to observe the Birth of Christ on Dec. 25.
These were a few interesting facts I found.
Well now to some recipes for the coming year:
Sweet and Spicy Meatballs
1 lb. lean ground beef
1 lb. lean gound chicken
1 c. plain panko bread crumbs
1/2 c. minced onion
1/3 c. milk
2 T. chopped parsley
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. pepper 2 T. Worcestershire sauce
In a large bowl, mix beef chicken crumbs, onion, milk, eggs, parsley salt pepper and Worcestershire sauce.
Preheat oven to 425 degrees. gently forn into 1-inch balls. Place on lightly greased wire rack on foil-lined baking sheet. Bake until browned and cooked through, 20 to 25 minutes.
They can be frozen for later use in varous recipes.You can add 2 cups of chili sauce and 1 cup of grape jelly and heat through in a crock pot on low for 2 to 3 hours. They make a nice appetizer.
Chili with Corn Dumplings
1 1/2 lb. ground beef
3/4 c. onion, chopped
15-oz. can corn, diveded
16-oz. can stewed tomatoes
16-oz. can tomato sauce
1 tsp. hot sauce
2 T. chili powder
1 tsp. garlic, minced
1 1/3 c. biscuit baking mix
2/3 c. cornmeal
2/3 c. milk
3 T. fresh cilantro, chopped
Brown beef and onion in a dutch oven over medium heat; drain. Set aside 1/2 c. corn; stir in remaining corn with liquid, tomatoes, sacues, chili powder and garlic into beef mixture. Heat to boiling. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 15 min. Mix baking mix and corn meal in a medium bowl; stir in milk, cilantro and reserved corn just until moistened. Drop dough by rounded T. onto simmering chili. Cook over low heat, uncovered for 15 min. Cover and cook an additional 15 to 18 min, until dumplings are dry on top. Makes 6 servings.
Lemon Nut Balls
1 l6oz. pkg. powdered sugar
1 12oz. pkg. vanilla wafers, finely crushed
1 c. chopped pecans, toasted and finely ground
1/2 c. butter, melted
1 6-oz. can frozen lemonade concentrate, thawed
1/2 tsp. lemon extract
powdered sugar and fladed coconut
In a large bowl, combine powdered sugar, wafer crumbs and pecans. in small bowl, combine melted butter, lemonade mix and lemon estract; add to sugar mixture, stirring until well combined. Shape into 1-inch ball. roll half of ball in powdered sugar and half into coconut. Store in an airtight container in refrigerator. Makes about 7 dozen.
Fabulous 4-cheese Spread
12-oz. pkg. shredded sharp Cheddar cheese
1/2 c. cream cheese, softened
4 -oz. pkg crumbled blue cheese
1/2 c. mayonnaise
1/4 c. grated Parmesan cheese
2 T. grated onion
dash of hot sauce
salt and pepper to taste
Combine all ingredients in a food proccessor; process until smooth. Refrigerate. Makes about 1 1.2 c. Great spread for crackers.
I would like to wish everyone a happy and healthy New Year.