I was raised by (2) very type A people. I entered adulthood highly productive and self sufficient but really, really tired. These days, I go to Yoga class Monday nights and Belly Dance class Thursday nights. I attend classes with people who are literally half my age. On those nights when I am really horrible at my class, I plan to be horrible + 1 the next week. Martha doesn't live here any more.
Saturday is our big Christmas Party. Employees of our business and their families are invited. Everything will be Make-Ahead and Do-Ahead, because that's just how I'm rolling. No stress here.
Dish #1: Several nights ago, I made meatballs and stuck them in my freezer, basically my standard meatball recipe with the addition of the yogurt. I made them small and will heat them with the family barbecue sauce. I've got some fancy little toothpicks with red and green flags. Wait 'til ya see!!
1 lb ground beef
1/2 rolled quick oats
1/4 finely chopped shallot
1 clove garlic
2 t. worcestershire sauce
1/4 c. good quality plain organic yogurt
Combine and shape into small balls. Place on a flat, foil lined, metal baking sheet. Bake in 500 degree oven for 8 to 10 minutes. I doubled this. I have lots of meatballs. My camera stayed at work this night, so you'll have to see them tomorrow.
Josh's Awesome Barbecue Sauce
1/2 t. tabasco sauce
Combine ingredients and refrigerate or use. Josh makes the most awesome grilled ribs with this. I've often got a mason jar of the stuff in my fridge and use it to marinade or as a dipping sauce. Not fancy, but real and we like it. Another fresh one is tucked in there now. I'll combine it with the meat balls tomorrow.
Our business is a construction company. Construction men eat. The meatballs should take the edge off. I'll be finding toothpicks with red and green flags everywhere for months but that's okay. Really.
Hummus and Pita Bread
16 oz can garbanzo beans/chick peas, drained and rinsed
1 t. baking soda
1/2 c. sesame tahini sauce
1/4 c. cold water
1/4 c. fresh lemon juice
1/2 t. ground cumin
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 T. olive oil or more
1 t. salt or more
In next to the barbecue sauce. The flavors marry and get better with time, so this is a good make ahead thing.
Coming up: My take on spreadable cheese, shrimp cocktail, my mom's "kid punch" recipe and a few other things. Check back.
Remember to plan ahead and be prepared. And for God's sake, be happy!!!