Roo's Casa

New Year’s Eve Food 2008
December 31, 2008, 2:21 am
Filed under: Holidays, New Year's, Recipes, Winter

Tonight is New Year’s Eve and we are staying home to celebrate. It is a pretty simple night. Here is what we had for dinner:
Bruschetta, pizza with the works for toppings, chocolate chip cookies, and 12 grapes. 

The Toll House cookie recipe is always my favorite in taste, but they seem to turn out flat with lumps of chocolate sticking up. By switching the baking soda to baking powder, it helped to make them puffier. I do find that the taste is a little off though. Next time I will try to do half baking soda and half baking powder. Overall a big improvement in the looks category. 

On the Martha Stewart website they made a big deal out of grapes this year and how the Spanish eat one grape for each of the 12 bongs at midnight. Not knowing if we will make it to midnight, I served the 12 grapes with dinner. Martha, of course, had cute ideas on how to serve the grapes. Maybe next year I will try one of her cute ideas. 

The pizza is our regular stand by recipe. This time we added chicken. I thought the chicken was kind of gross just because of the way it was cooked. It would be a lot better if it was grilled.


Family Christmas 2008
December 26, 2008, 2:23 am
Filed under: Christmas, Holidays, Recipes, Winter

Today was our big Christmas family party. My sister makes the BEST food. It is a meal I look forward to all year. She makes a really good pork roast with cherry sauce and onion sauce, chateau potatoes, broccoli and cauliflower dish, and rolls. We had tons of desserts this year too. We had banana and coconut pie, pumpkin pie, two kinds of fudge, and Christmas white chocolate stuff. It was excellent. I forgot to take a picture of the table setting this year and wish that I had so that we can remember what to do next year since it all worked so well. Of course family drama brought the night to a not so nice ending. I always hope for better the next year. 

(for Joy to remember: you pushed the dining table against the window with your nutcrackers at the end with the blocks and then set all the chairs around the rest of the table. The kids had their own fancy table set by Princess.)

I also wanted to post these Oreo balls recipe. They have rave reviews all over the Internet, but nobody really touched them at my gatherings. It could be that I used semi-sweet chocolate instead of milk or white. I won’t be repeating them. Next year I plan to make my bruschetta as usual and then some empanadas that are in the frozen section at the store. I had them at a Spanish class and they were so delicious. I think my brother-in-law would love them too. 

Oreo Balls
Mix 8 oz. cream cheese with 10 oz. of Oreos that have been cut into 4 pieces each. Let the mixture sit a few hours or overnight. It will look very brown in color. Roll the mixture into little balls. I used 1/2 tbsp. for each ball. Freeze the balls for about an hour. Lastly, roll the balls into melted chocolate. Store the balls in the refrigerator until they harden.