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Tuesday, December 24, 2013

CHRISTMAS EVE EVE.....

The night before our annual CHRISTMAS EVE FAMILY TIME, 
I start preparing for our Christmas Eve Feast.

We always....ALWAYS have HAM.
 Not just "any ole ham" but a delicious
HONEY GLAZED HAM.

Tonight, I am getting things going for a 
KNOCK 'EM DEAD
Potato Salad.


I start off with BABY RED GOURMET POTATOES....


After scrubbing them clean, I boil them to just the right consistency....
I want them done thru and thru but not mushy.
I like to be able to slice them into nice chunks for the salad.


...such pretty red peppers....
I chop the peppers...


and green onions...
always green onions....they are so full of flavor.


(Memory time here....:)

When I was a little girl, my mama always had a garden 
and she always planted onions.

When she would bring some in from the garden,
it was my job to wash them.
She always told me to run water into the green ends as bugs might be inside the stems.

I still do the same to this day....and I never, EVER find a bug .


After I get all my veggies chopped, I sprinkle them lightly with Morton's
Nature's Seasons.

It really brings out the flavors...

and into the fridge to add to the potatoes tomorrow morning.

After everything is added, the potato salad will have time for all the flavors to marry before I serve it along with our delicious ham.

Another thing being made ready for CHRISTMAS EVE....

Most of you call them PINTO BEANS...

out here in West Texas,
they are RED BEANS.

and, BOY....

do they go great with HAM and POTATO SALAD. 








They have been soaking most of the afternoon...

and will cook all night long.

...by serving time CHRISTMAS EVE,
they will be just right....
and so delicious.

After all this food prep, we were starving so
Mr. Sweet
enhanced a PAPPA. MURPHEY'S  
CHEESEBURGER PIZZA
 with peppers, 
bacon
onions.....    


baked it for 12 minutes in a 425 oven and....

we dined 
IN  STYLE....

MERRIEST CHRISTMAS, EVERYONE.

See ya after the holidays.
xoxo bj

14 comments:

  1. sounds wonderful and I want to learn to make red beans, I truly do! Merry Christmas to you!

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  2. John feels that he is eating in style this Christmas Eve...pickled herring.
    < insert a shudder > His daughter brought it as a gift. Bless her. =D

    I'd rather have some ham and potato salad. Why didn't I think of that?!

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  3. I couldn't get that "poll" to work for me. I agree that Phil had the right to say whatever he wanted. No one ever disputed that. However, AMC has the right to take him off the air if they want. Merry Christmas to you and yours and good wishes for the new year.

    Best,
    Bonnie

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  4. J,
    YuMMy!!!
    Nothing taste better than good 'ole Home Cookin'. . .
    especially on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day!!!
    Merry Christmas!!!
    Fondly,
    Pat

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  5. I'm full from a marvelous dinner, or else you would have made me hungry, LOL! Merry Christmas to you, sweetie!

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  6. Your dinner sounds delicious ... Have a wonderful time with your family.
    Blessings for Christmas.
    Hugs,
    Audrey Z. @ Timeless Treasures

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  7. Yum! It all looks and sounds good. We have pinto beans and we have red beans - 2 different beans. I just ate, now seeing your post I am hungry again. :D
    Merriest to you also!

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  8. Everything sounds so wonderful and full of love! I hope you have the Merriest of days with your family.

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  9. Found you!! Have a very Merry Christmas
    nonie

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  10. I made pintos yesterday too! Only mine had pork instead of ham and the recipe title was Chalupa! Wishing you a very Merry Christmas BJ-have fun:@)

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  11. Sounds like the perfect meal to me:) Have a blessed Christmas dear BJ, BIG HUGS!

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  12. We are having ham and potato salad today too!

    Merry Christmas!
    Deanna

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  13. Wow! Everything looks so yummy! I'mmsure you had a wonderful Christmas Eve! Funny, when we were stationed at Ft Hood, TX I was introduced to pinto beans! When we got back home, the stores never heard of them...lol 50 years later...their in every store now!

    Blessings,
    Gert

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  14. OOOOHHH.....we love the pinto beans with ham! Delicious. I got a ham on Monday and look forward to cooking the bone with pinto beans, and then serving them over home made diced/cooked in a skillet potatoes with plenty of pepper! Yum. It's a WV dish I grew up with and Mister has come to love too! Merry Christmas to you and yours, BJ!

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xo bj