T-12 Days to Christmas – More Recipes

I have to teach extra classes today so I thought today would be a good day to follow up with the rest of the recipes from Grandma Fern and Grandma Nadine that I mentioned yesterday. Are you getting excited? We are almost to single digit countdown!!! I LOVE this season.

Last year, my Aunt Pokey collected recipes from everyone in the family, typed them up and put them together in a folder for each of us for Christmas. This was a large project (in my mind) to nag everyone and then to type and print them. But, WOW, how neat to have recipes from the entire family, and these traditional recipes that were mostly passed down orally to be written in one place. Thanks Pokey! We shared these recipes and more (old and new) and have a connection to the family year round through our food.

Grandma Fern’s White Chocolate Bark
1 lb. white chocolate
2 cups broken pretzel sticks
1 cup Spanish peanuts (yes you want the ones with the skins)

Melt chocolate in double boiler (or microwave – directions are on the package now). Mix in pretzels and peanuts. Spread on wax paper immediately. Once cooled and hard break into pieces.
Note – Grandma always cut her’s with a sharp butcher’s knife for more uniform pieces and I do the same.

Grandma Nadine’s Ham Salad
1.5 lbs garlic bologna
.5 lb lunch meat ham (homestyle baked)
3-4 hard boiled eggs
mayonnaise
pickle relish(sweet)
1/2 small onion
salt and pepper

Put bologna, ham, eggs and onion through a meat grinder. Add mayonnaise, pickle relish, salt and pepper to taste. Mix together. Serve on hamburger buns or rye bread.
NOTE – request the meat in a solid chunk instead of sliced at the deli.

Grandma Nadine’s Vermouth Dip
8 oz cream cheese softened
1 package dried beef
2 TBLS mayonnaise
2 TBLS Vermouth (or to taste – although beware the taste gets stronger the longer this sits)
Sliced green olives

Chop the dried beef (use kitchen chopper for ease). Mix cream cheese, chopped dried beef, mayonnaise, and vermouth in bowl. Transfer to serving bowl. Top with sliced olives. Serve with assorted crackers. (Grandma used Sociables which is what Beth and I still prefer but any cracker you would use with a cheese ball works well).

Our Christmas Eve dinner will consist of ham salad sandwiches continuing in the tradition of Grandma Nadine’s house. I will be sharing it with Greg’s family and passing it. I would love to hear about other family’s traditions. Share in the comments – or if you have a blog – direct me:)

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