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Christmas is my favourite time of year! 
Dec. 29, 2009 8:41 am 
Updated: Dec. 29, 2009 8:58 pm
I think this year was my favourite Christmas ever. My whole extended family except for one cousin was in town, we followed all our usual traditions, and I got to spend some time with my boyfriend’s family as well. My Christmas Eve lasagna was a hit, and even better than the practice run, which I guess is the point of practicing. I did some baking for my co-workers and my more distant relatives (parents’ cousins, for example) which all turned out great and was well-received. I helped my mom and my aunt in the kitchen for turkey dinner and learned a lot about pulling such a big dinner off (I’ve never made a turkey by myself before but might try it in the New Year!).

I got a lot of kitchen stuff for Christmas which was great! So far I’ve used almost all of it :) One of my favourites was a recipe box from my boyfriend’s mom that had a bunch of her hand-written, signature recipes in it. She made sure to include lots that are quick, easy, and cheap to make. I made my first one last night...

Vermicelli Soup – break up vermicelli noodles until you have about a cup and a half and pan-fry them in hot vegetable oil until they are puffed up and lightly browned. Remove from the pan, add a little more oil, reduce the heat to medium, and stir in half a cup of finely chopped onion. Cook until soft then add half a cup of salsa and cook for 2-3 minutes. Stir in a can of tomato soup and 4 cups of any kind of broth, and add the noodles back in. Simmer over medium-low heat until all noodles are tender.

It was delicious and I will definitely make it again. I got to use one of my new mixing bowls (although I didn’t really need it – just enjoyed the excuse to use it), the pot clip I got from my sister, and the recipe card stand from my mom.

Oh, and we went grocery shopping this week – $6 over budget. We could have lived without those toaster waffles, the fresh pasta, and the 2 packages of fake crab I guess... oops.
Dec. 29, 2009 8:11 pm
Happy New Year, neighbor! Glad you had a special Christmas. Thanks for sharing that recipe. Your boyfriend's Mom sounds like a really nice lady. Cooking a turkey isn't really that hard, it's once the cooking's done that the real work begins :) So much of what goes with turkey dinner can be done ahead too. But it's so worth it, isn't it? We always do a much bigger turkey than we need so everyone can have some to take home. It's great to put in freezer packs to pull out for last minute dishes later. Then of course you have the turkey stock for yummy soups. I would suggest you cook a small bird one weekend when you have time, just to try it out. Then you'll also have leftovers to use for the next week as a bonus. Enjoyed reading your blog. Keep up the good work!
Dec. 29, 2009 8:54 pm
PS, be sure and check out blondienewspapers blog on the 'turducken' for inspiration!
Dec. 29, 2009 8:58 pm
For Valentine's day, instead of candy, perhaps you could ask for a waffle maker. Mine was not very expensive, and it makes four small heart shaped waffles that form a clover shape. I make a large batch of waffles and freeze them, then take them out and toast them while frozen. You might also ask if anyone in the family has a waffle maker they would like to either lend you or hand down. I've given my daughters several of my perfectly good appliances so that I could have an excuse to "upgrade". I think you are doing well to stick so closely to your budget. Going over once in awhile isn't tragic. It's like sticking to a diet and still having a slight gain. Just keep on track, it will balance out in the end. Have a Happy New Year!
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I'm a 22 year old novice cook - I live with my boyfriend in a small apartment with a teeny kitchen. Right now I'm trying to eat healthier and cut some meat out of my diet - I'm writing a blog about cooking my way through a vegetarian cookbook! I love trying new recipes, and adjusting them to suit my tastes.
My favorite things to cook
I love BBQing, making casseroles, and putting together any kind of soup. I'm also trying to get into baking - my kitchen is tiny so I have to use simple recipes, but I love making muffins and cookies to share.
My favorite family cooking traditions
When I was little my mom taught me how to make brown sugar syrup for our homemade pancakes - everytime she made pancakes at home, I would make the sauce to go with them.
My cooking triumphs
Lasagna Day - My first ever dinner party in my apartment, I made spinach salad, stuffed mushrooms, lasagna from scratch, and apple crisp. It was a hit with my friends, I got so many compliments!
My cooking tragedies
When I was in high school I decided to make some cinnamon buns, but the only recipe I could find was a huge batch, so I cut it in half. However, when I went to mix the ingredients, I found myself adding the full amount of some but only half of others, and I couldn't remember how much of each I'd already done. I tried cooking them anyways, but they were terrible!
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