Home for the Holidays

by Anne Papina on December 25, 2012

Christmas Tree

It’s the wee hours of Christmas morning, and my mom’s house is mostly quiet, finally–bellies are full from a big ham dinner, and everyone is tuckered out from the frenzied gift opening that followed.  Oh, and then there was some additional grazing. We worked up an appetite, ya know.  Now, all the shiny new gadgets are tucked away, at least until the morning, and the living room floor is a maze of air mattresses and sleeping bags, like a good old-fashioned slumber party.

Originally, I had a post all planned for this last Sunday, along with the #SundaySupper Home for the Holidays theme.  I was going to tell you all about our traditional Christmas Eve celebration, which usually involves cocktails and appetizers only, mostly so we can get to the gifts sooner.  Things got switched up this year, but hey, I’m flexible, and besides, I could still write about my treasured holiday memories, complete with my mom’s homemade pizza recipe! But, in my rush to get to my mom’s house on Saturday, I left my computer and camera all neatly packed and ready to go, sitting at the foot of my desk. I toyed with ideas on working the post in without the pix and adding them later, but in reality, from that point, this weekend mostly spiraled out of control, as holiday weekends tend to do.

Crying Santa

That being said, I couldn’t let this day slip by without taking a moment to let my readers know just how much I appreciate them, and truly I do! Since Webicurean relaunched in July, I’ve received nothing but positive feedback and support from folks from all corners of the world, many of whom I’ve not yet had the pleasure of meeting face to face.  And I’ve enjoyed every moment of sharing my recipes, along with a little history and the family traditions that inspired them. It’s a labor of love, no doubt, but worth every minute.

Happy Santa

So thank you. Thank you for being here. I hope the holidays find you well and are filled with the love of family and friends along with lots of great food–these are memories that you will cherish for years to come.

I’ll be back next Sunday with that pizza recipe as well as some of the quirky things that make our holidays special. Or maybe everyone leaves martinis and cookies for Santa? Nah, probably not.

Meanwhile, please enjoy the following recipes from the #SundaySupper crew and the holiday traditions that make them special:

– Orange Refrigerator Rolls by The Wimpy Vegetarian
– Eggs Benedict by Cindy’s Recipes and Writings
– Holiday Cream Cheese Tea Ring by That Skinny Chick can Bake
– Cinnamon Streusel Coffee Cake by Small Wallet Big Appetite

Appetizers & Snacks
– Chicken Liver Pate by Tora’s Real Food
– Bindaetteok {Mung Bean Pancakes}by Kimchi Mom
– Crab and Asparagus Soup by The Urban Mrs.

– Potato Salad {Schwaebischer Kartoffelsalat} by Galactopdx
– Italian Orange Salad by Shockingly Delicious
– Sweet Potato Casserole by Magnolia Days
– Carrots au gratin by Juanitas Cocina 

Main Dishes
- Char Siu Bao – Chinese Roast Pork Buns by The Girl In The Little Red Kitchen
– Savory Crepe Cake by Vintage Kitchen Notes 
– West Indian Curried Goat by The ROXX Box
– Pot Cheese and Potato Cheese Pierogies by Cupcakes and Kale chips
– Seafood Gumbo and Grilled Oysters: A Louisiana Christmas Tradition by the Catholic Foodie
– Mom’s Paella by What Smells So Good?
– Portuguese Chorizo Crown Pork Roast by Family Foodie
– Dorie’s Chicken in a Pot by Gotta Get Baked
– New Year’s Eve Buckwheat Noodles with Mochi by The Ninja Baker
– Crab Cakes for Christmas Eve by Daddy Knows Less 
– Mile High Lasagna by Cravings of a Lunatic 

– Pizzelles {Italian Wafer Cookies} by Chocolate Moosey 
– Fudge by Dinner Dishes and Desserts 
– Crescent Cookies by Cookistry
– Christmas Stollen by Hezzi D’s Books and Cooks 
– Pfeffernusse by The Foodie Army Wife
– Creme De Menthe Cake by I Run for Wine
– Panettone Bread Pudding by the Country Girl in the Village
– Spiced Gingerbread Gooey Butter Cake | A twist on a St. Louis Favorite by Daily Dish Recipes 
– Chocolate Gingerbread Layer Cake with Eggnog Cream Cheese by Crispy Bits and Burnt Ends
– Jamaican Christmas Pudding by Lovely Pantry
– White Chocolate Cranberry Santa Cookies by Mooshu Jenne
– Christmas Tree Cookies by Damn Delicious 
– Old Fashioned Lady Fingers {Creamhorns} by The Meltaways
– Rose Milk Almond Falooda {Indian Dessert Drink} by Sue’s  Nutrition Buzz

– Wine Pairings by ENOFYLZ Wine Blog
– Cinnamon Infused Hot Chocolate with Southern Comfort WhippedCream by Mama Mommy Mom 



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DB-The Foodie Stuntman December 25, 2012 at 9:28 am

Merry Christmas!


Anne Papina December 25, 2012 at 10:31 am

Thanks! All the best to you and yours!


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