It seems like the holiday season just sneaks up on you.
One minute you’re searching Party City for any hope of a last minute Halloween costume and the next your bumping into Christmas displays at the mall. Is it me, or does it seem that retail completely takes a jump over Thanksgiving, as if it’s the black sheep of the family?
It’s been less than a week since Halloween and already I’m bombarded by my family on holiday plans, when are you flying in, when are you flying out, where are you going for New Years Eve, what are you doing New Years Day …
Don’t get me wrong. I love my family. But, at a certain point you wish all the questions would stop and the world would slow down and just take one holiday at a time, you know? But I guess that’s why they give it a whole “season.”
Ready or not, it’s here, even if the unseasonal 70-degree weather may make it seem otherwise.
Ideally, each holiday would last a few days, so you can get your fill of all the traditional foods and enough time with friends and family. There would be no stress over the perfect gift, or making sure your Turkey was cooked just right.
And no need to worry about the menu…
Oh who am I kidding, whether it’s Christmas Eve, a backyard birthday party, or a casual night in with friends, I’m always thinking about the menu.
Part of the holidays is the food, and I guess that is one of the biggest reasons I wish the “season” would just move at snail speed. So that we can have enough time to savor all of the delicacies and delicious treats each holiday offers.
I honestly believe that what you serve to your guests ahead of any meal is just as important as the meal itself. It’s their first impression of what’s to come and helps the flow of the evening.
Several weeks ago, I made my annual pilgrimage to Carroll County, Maryland for the state’s Wine Festival. A group of us head up, bring a basket of snacks and a blanket and set up camp, walking around to the various wine tastings, glasses out and ready.
When thinking of what I could make for all of us to munch on, I immediately thought of those elaborate mixed nut trays that you sometime find at fancy hotel bars.
On a trip to New York City with my mother, we stopped for a pre-dinner cocktail at the famed St. Regis bar, where we were brought a delicious assortment of sweet and savory nuts that went beautifully with my glass of Sauvignon Blanc.
This nut mix combines savory sage, thyme and rosemary, with a touch of sweetness from honey and brown sugar. Perfect with a glass of wine, a pint of beer, or on its own, this one is sure to be a hit to start any of your holiday parties.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees fahrenheit. Mix all ingredients together in a bowl and spread out in a single layer on a cookies sheet, that is covered with aluminum foil sprayed with cooking spray. Bake for 15 minutes and let cool for a few minutes. Break it apart with your fingers to separate more and enjoy!
Sweet and Savory Nut Mix
Preheat oven to 350 degrees fahrenheit. Mix all ingredients together in a bowl and spread out in a single layer on a cookies sheet, that is covered with aluminum foil sprayed with cooking spray.
Bake for 15 minutes and let cool for a few minutes. Break it apart with your fingers to separate more and enjoy!