Christmas is over, but Yes!Chef! Cooks On

20121216-_MG_3663 webThings around here flew by pretty fast and furiously during the Holiday Season.  I only had a chance to photograph a few of Yes!Chef!’s meals and usually I missed some of his steps in the process because we had so much going on.  Even Edmond could hardly keep up with Yes!Chef!

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A couple of years ago I got Y!C! a holiday cocktail book and he likes to mix a few up around the holidays.  I think he made this one because he knows how mischievous Edmond is.

Edmond doesn’t drink, but he fell over in hysterics when he heard the name of this cocktail…Naughty Elf.

Here is the recipe for it (you don’t have to wait until next Christmas.  Just rename it to something like Bad Fairy or Terrible Troll…you get the idea.) It comes from a book called “The Little Black Book of Holiday Cheer” by Virginia Reynolds.

  • 3/4 oz. Rum
  • 3/4 oz. Gin
  • 1/4 oz. Triple Sec
  • Juice of 1/4 fresh lemon

Stir with cracked ice and strain into a chilled cocktail glass.

It’s quite tasty and goes down smoothly.

Christmas Eve with the Fam
Christmas Eve with the Fam

Believe it or not, I was in charge of Christmas Eve dinner.  We usually have a light-hearted affair on Christmas Eve, so the meal is designed to be easy and carefree.  This year I made Shrimp Tacos and Yes!Chef! made a black bean side dish and I made a cole slaw and an avocado salsa.  I was pretty happy with how it turned out and it was easy. I don’t really like to cook all that much anymore, but this turned out quite well.  I found the recipe on  This is the only picture I have of the food, but you can find the recipe here:

Chipotle Shrimp Taco with Avocado Salsa Verde

The slaw is my own recipe.  I sliced and diced up a bunch of cabbage and put it in a big bowl.  Add enough sour cream or Greek yogurt to make it a little creamy.  Squeeze some fresh lime juice in and add some chopped Cilantro.  Salt and pepper to taste.  I also add Chipotle Chili powder, which gives it a little zip.

This recipe was delicious and easy.  My family, unbelievable to me, raved about it.  I also served some roasted chicken because I have a few members in my family who don’t like shrimp…don’t know where he came from.  My mother-in-law ate the slaw the next day and still loved it.

I want to end with an appetizer that I found on Pioneer Woman and it looked very good and easy.  After I made it, I wasn’t quite as impressed as when I watched the Pioneer Woman yumming it up on her show (which I love.)  It was good, but just not very flavorful.  My family all tried it, but they didn’t demand seconds.  They are all spoiled by uber-flavorful food.  At any rate, it is a nice little appetizer, especially for those that love bacon.

Bacon appetizers
Bacon appetizers

The recipe is called Holiday Bacon Appetizers and you can find the recipe here.  The nice thing is that you can make these ahead of time and freeze them.  We still have some left over and I munch down one a day.  Since I joined Weight Watchers a couple of days ago, I’ve been pretty careful about portions.

Yes!Chef! is on the East Coast again, so, I will have to make do with some of the items I’ve saved up when I post again.  Turkey Soup with homemade broth…

A new member of Edmond's Family shows up to help out.
A new member of Edmond’s Family shows up to help out.

It may also be time to say goodbye to the Elves.  I’m not sure I’m ready for that yet.  I know Edmond isn’t.

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