Friday, November 18, 2016

Friday Five - Holiday Foods

The most Stressful time of the year is here!! And that of course brings the most wonderful foods with it. During a conversation with my sister, I told her that Thanksgiving and Christmas Eve are the two days that I don't stop eating, and I love it!

Today I'm joining Link up with Running on Happy & Fairytales and Fitness for the Friday Five 2.0.



Now, before I keep going, I feel a warning needs to be put here. I do not offer you healthier options on food, and will not tell you to cut your portions... I am simply not that type of blogger. There are many other wonderful bloggers who have those wonderful tips and amazing ideas. You can find them in the link up.... they are awesome!

Is there anybody still reading? Good, thanks! Here are my favorite Holiday foods

1. Tamales-This pockets of deliciousness take all day to make. But they are more than worth the wait. Unfortunately, because mills are not common sights in this country, we have to make them out of corn flour, they are still delicious, but not as moist at the fresh corn ones.

I cover my tamales in mole sauce



2. Mole- this is a thick sauce, there is many different varieties of this sauce in Mexico, but at my parents, we make two types. One is the simple version, with dried peppers, tomatillos, and garlic. The second is dried peppers, a lot of different spices, which include all spice, pepper, salt, almonds, sesame seeds, pumpkin seeds, peanuts. This second Mole is the one we have for Thanksgiving, and it is delicious with Mexican red rice and turkey.



3.  Pozole-this one is a red hominy soup with pork meat. We top this delicious soup with fresh shredded lettuce, lime and fresh chopped onions. It is so delicious! And my Mom only makes it once a year. It's a lot of work.

Step 2 of Poloze, picking the good kernels... there is 3 more steps after this one.


4. Chocolate Domes-  Any other day of the year, I'm not a huge fan of chocolate, but on the holidays I love those delicious chocolate mousse confections!



5. Wine- Of course Wine is good any time of the year, but it is oh so nice to enjoy two glasses of wine on a weeknight, knowing I don't have to be up at 6:00 am... and I could have that 3rd glass.


What foods are the staples of your holidays?
What is your favorite holiday dessert?
How many glasses is too many during the holidays?
Who is coming over to my house for the holidays?



28 comments:

  1. All of that looks so good! Wish I could try those tamales!

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    1. It is all so good! I'll save you some!

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  2. That's the problem with really good food, is that it often takes a lot of time and work to prepare! I know that Andrew loves cooking so he doesn't mind putting energy and love into it. Your mom sounds the same. I am definitely coming to your house for the holidays. Mexican food is heaven to our whole family. We LOVE it. Do you have room for 8 more people? Ha ha!

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    1. come on over, we have space! You don't know good tamales until you have my mom's tamales!

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  3. When I lived in Texas I remember tamales being a holiday tradition and remember the ladies all getting together to make them. To be honest, I don't remember actually eating one though! I bet yours are amazing!

    In our family desserts are always plentiful around the holidays! We don't make them throughout the year so it's okay, right? ...lol

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    1. Desserts are the best during the holidays !

      Yes, at home it takes everybody to make the tamales! They are delicious !

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  4. I'm not that kind of blogger either. :)

    Mole is such a gross name for something that sounds delicious!

    I'm switching from sangria to dry red wine soon. It's time.

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    1. I know ! That's why I love your blog!!

      Maybe it's the pronunciation ... We pronounce the E at the end ... so it doesn't sound like we are eating a Mole. I'm going to save you some, my mom always makes too much.

      We switch to Chianti for the winter too! I'm a little excited for Chianti.

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  5. I try to not drink too much during the holidays because I end up overeating or indulging too much, so I really Watch my alcohol intake. I also don't decorate as much, refuse parties and simplify my meals to keep the stress at bay.

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    1. You are my hero Karen! I chose to eat too much of everything!

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  6. So many amazing food choices! That chocolate dome looks spectacular!!! Tamales are a favorite, too. My college roommate is Mexican and she used to talk about how at family holidays, everyone would be gathered around the table making tamales together. During the holidays, I can't get enough pumpkin pie. I love it so much that I actually make home-made versions on nearly a year-round basis (thank you, canned pumpkin!) =D

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    1. Tamales are the best!!

      Fresh pumpkin pie all year long! That's amazing! Great job!

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  7. All of these foods look so good! Living in the South, we don't have many of them down here (besides wine, we have a lot of drinking in Charleston). It's neat to see holiday food photos from someone in another region of the US.

    Healthy eating and portion control is for January.

    My favorite holiday dessert is by far chocolate layer cake. So good!

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    1. Ja ja! Thanks Amy! Portion control IS for January!

      Chocolate layer cake is delicious!!

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  8. ooh those chocolate domes are looking pretty yummy!

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    1. The chocolate domes are everything good in life!!

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  9. Everything looks so good! I totally lose track of how much wine I have had on Thanksgiving. Its definitely nice to not have to worry about getting up for work the next morning!

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    1. There is never too much wine during the holidays!

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  10. My husband goes crazy for tamales. And mole. We tried to make a Mexican style Thanksgiving one year but my family was not excited about it. I guess it's not nice to mess with tradition! More wine...

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    1. We make tamales the day after thanksgiving, with the left over turkey. My mom tried to make them for thanksgiving, but she ended up hating us all. It is just too much work!

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  11. Oh my gosh, this looks so amazing. Everything. I want to eat it all!

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    1. It is all so delicious!

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  12. Apple pie is my favorite. As for the wine, it depends on whether the in-laws are over .... ;-)

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    1. ja ja! good one Coco! Apple pie with ice cream is so yummy!

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  13. I absolutely love tamales. I am intimidated by the idea of making them but whenever we go somewhere with authentic Mexican food, they're my meal of choice.

    Mmm...chocolate domes sound really good, too!

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    1. Ali, I'm also intimidated by making tamales, I have never made them without my mom. It's scary!

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  14. I am envious you don't really have to watch your portions :) I have struggled with weight since I was a kid, and I gain even easier now that I am menopausal...the joys of being old lol but I do like to enjoy myself, which is why I usually stay a bit over weight.
    I love wine :) maybe too much lol

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    1. Karen, I could use skipping of this treats , but I chose not to. My son tells me ALL THE TIME that I have a fat belly, and he is right! but I like my food more than I like a flat belly.

      Wine is the best!!

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