Monday, December 3, 2012

Favorite Holiday Recipes

The holidays are in full swing now with Thanksgiving behind us, and we have arrived at the Christmas season. This is a wonderful time to look back on the last twelve months, and appreciate all that we have. It's also a time for family to gather from near, and far. A time for all "those" family members you only see a couple times a year to invade visit, and catch up. So without further ado, I will share one of my favorite recipes to kick off the Christmas celebration with the family gathered around. 

Vodka Tonic
1 bottle of vodka (I prefer Tito's)
1 bottle of tonic (I prefer diet. Save the calories for dessert)
3-4 limes
Cranberry juice (If you want to make it more festive)

1. Wash off your lime, and cut it into 6 wedges
2. Take a glass or a plastic cup and write your name on it. 
3. Fill it with ice
4. Measure out 2 oz. of vodka (Who are we kidding. Fill that puppy about half way up.)
5. Top off with tonic water
6. Squeeze your lime into your drink
7. Splash a bit of cranberry juice and stir (This will give it a festive taste and color)
8. Sit back and enjoy your holiday

Here's the deal. I am actually not "allowed" to cook. My hubby made me promise him I would never ever cook for him again after I tried to "kill" him with a lovely breakfast I made for him one time. Apparently expiration dates on eggs are there for a reason. As a loving wife, I graciously agreed. I have been out of the kitchen for the last seven years. However, I am allowed to make a brief appearance every so often as requested. Christmas time is one of those times. In Texas, it is a tradition to have tamales at Christmas time. So every Christmas eve we gather with my stepsister and her family and have our tamale dinner. Don't worry. I'm not about to make tamales. We order those. However, this is my time to shine. It would not be Christmas eve dinner without my Holy Guacamole!

Holy Guacamole!
8 ripe avocados
1 bunch of cilantro
1 Jalapeno
1 Garlic bulb
1 Lime
Salt and pepper
Food Chopper (This is a necessity for me)

1. Smoosh roughly 8 of the garlic pod thingys with the flat part of a big knife to remove the peel
2. Cut the jalapeno in half (add to taste)
3. Grab a handful of cilantro and jamb these three ingredients into your food chopper and chop away
4. Toss your chopped goods into a bowl and squeeze half of the lime in with the other goodies
5. Eyeball about a teaspoon of cumin and toss it in too
6. Dice up your avocados and dump them in the bowl
7. Use a fork to incorporate the ingredients together 
          (For chunkier guac - less forking. For smoother guac - lots of forking)
8. Add a pinch of salt and pepper to taste (more lime if needed) 
9. Refrigerate for 15 minutes so the ingredients can do the El Jarabe Tapatio (aka- Mexican Hat Dance)
10. When the favors are intertwined . . . Enjoy!

Come "Ketchup With Us" twice a month with Michele and Mel





  1. This is my favorite KBar post to date. Very funny. I will be making both of your recipes in the near future. My only problem is that I don't have that garlic whatchamacallit. Can I just use garlic powder? And I'm very happy (but not surprised) to see no onions. His majesty will be pleased. :)

    Thanks for linking up!

    1. Thanks M!
      You can use garlic powder, but I just use the side of a big knife to smooch it. Then chop. I don't get too fancy. For once, I knew somebody would appreciate none of those nasty little onions. ;)

  2. Fantastic! I love the guacamole part, but the Vodka and I don't agree. Very yummy! Great idea!

    1. Thanks Mel. It is yummy if I do say so myself. You can substitute the vodka with gin, rum, or shots of tequila. Whatever floats your boat. ;)

  3. That is a brilliant post! I think I am in love with both of these! I can't wait to make them both!
    I just discovered Tito's Vodka and am a HUGE fan!!!
    Great work, K-bar!

  4. Thanks Amy! My only three dishes I make are guacamole, corn and black bean salsa, and homemade salsa. I guess a vodka name "Tito's" is a perfect match. Cheers!

  5. You had me at Vodka.


  6. This is my kind of post! Love me some Vodka!