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Old 12-04-2014, 05:25 PM   #21
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I'm still trying to decide how much to do re: food since we can start on Wednesday and carry it through to Sunday. I have decided to do the Scandinavian thing one of those days--probably Christmas Eve. Christmas Day will be leftovers (because I don't imagine the Swedish Army will show up and I have a hard time scaling things back). We plan to insulate the basement over the holidays (doesn't that sound fun). I say "we" but I think I'll be in the kitchen more than I'll be in the basement. We will start with cold dishes around 4, have the hot dishes around 6, and finish with desserts later. I know which hot dishes I will make. The cold dishes are more like appys...there will be pickled herring, there will be hard boiled eggs topped with caviar, if my fishmonger can get me a decent piece of Pacific salmon, there will be gravlax, there will be Swedish cucumber salad, and beet and potato salad with herring, and open-faced mini sandwiches--I'll have to do a pork roast and a beef roast between now and then...I need that "plan" to get everything organized...I guess I could start making breads this weekend and freeze those. I have to dig out my recipes and previous years' plans...and then decide who else to invite...
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Old 12-08-2014, 04:37 PM   #22
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Went to Trader Joe's yesterday and found these...
we need to invite the neighbors over for some Christmas Cheer now
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Old 12-09-2014, 10:11 PM   #23
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kgirl....those TJ's feta and caramelized onion pastry bites ARE AMAZING! We had some at a baby shower last year, and they were gone in a heartbeat.

TJ's also has ham and cheese pastry bites, they are really good, too. But I love the feta and onion better.
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Old 12-09-2014, 10:39 PM   #24
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:sigh: Our nearest TJ's is 3 hours away. We came out with a pretty good haul over Thanksgiving, but I'll have to add these to the list!
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Old 12-09-2014, 10:40 PM   #25
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kgirl....those TJ's feta and caramelized onion pastry bites ARE AMAZING! We had some at a baby shower last year, and they were gone in a heartbeat.

TJ's also has ham and cheese pastry bites, they are really good, too. But I love the feta and onion better.
Cheryl, we're looking forward to trying the Beef Tenderloin bites too!
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We tried the Camembert Cheese & Cranberry Sauce Fillo Bite and the Aracini bites last year for our Christmas snacks...
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I like to make goodies with TJ's Pita bites... one with goat cheese and roasted peppers and the other as homemade bruschetta
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Old 11-13-2015, 06:34 PM   #26
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Okay, so the "holiday season" is fast approaching,
so I'm going to 'bump' this thread...
I need some fresh ideas, please?
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Old 11-13-2015, 07:11 PM   #27
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These were in the most recent edition of Wegman's holiday magazine.

Endive with Creamy Dolce Gorgonzola┬*- Wegmans


Goat Cheese, Grape & Pistachio Truffles┬*- Wegmans

I will make an AB version of the Endive recipe and maybe an AB version of the second one using an olive in place of the grape.

I always have trouble following directions!

These little spanakopita are also very nice. In my area we have Athens, Appolo and this version from TJ's.

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Aunt Bea, IF I could ONLY find double cream Gorganzola I would be SOOOOOOOOOOOOO happy, but alas I live in cowboy country...

One of my husband's DF's works for Wegmans as the pastry chef, love her!
We have tried TJ's spanakopita and they are lovely!
I think that I may pinch your idea on using the olive in that second recipe for Wegmans.
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Those sound like nice appetizers, AB. I just added the spanakopita to my TJ's list.
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I hope the TJ's spanakopita is better than the stuff at Costco. I found that pretty tasteless.
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