…or maybe a food star, either way, I’ve got some great tips for fantastic Christmas or New Years appetizers and drinks that will keep you warm from the inside out! But first, let me share a story about when things go wrong in the kitchen. After successfully pulling off Thanksgiving Dinner (appetizers, soup, main stuff and desserts) I was looking forward to making a beautiful broth with the leftover marinade and poultry carcass. This is my favorite time of the meal because I (along with everyone else) get out of washing the roasting pan. I piled bones, leftover marinade, and a little bit of gravy back into the roasting pan. I set the stove on simmer, and walked away. Broth in the Keyes house simmers for approximately 48 hours, give or take. With everyone all nestled in their beds, my broth simmered away to nothing. At some point, the stove was turned up from simmer to a full blown boil. My husband sprung from his bed after a short winters nap screaming “SOMETHING IS ON FIRE!” The whole house was filled with a billowing white cloud of smoke. The smell, well…. it will be remembered for years to come. We lit every candle and diffused every oil we could find. It took a while, but smoked bones are a smell that has finally left the building. Bad decisions make for great stories and learning experiences! I guess I have some ground to make up when I entertain for Christmas and New Years. I’d like to leave a word of encouragement with chefs of all ages: mistakes will happen, don’t let them define you. Tell your story, own your mistakes and move on. When life hands you lemons, make roast beef! Here are a few recipes that I know will earn back a few brownie points with my guests. This appetizer and drinks are definite crowd pleasers! Until We Eat Again,  Michelle
 

Hot Chocolate
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Ingredients
  1. 4 cups milk
  2. 6 Tablespoons cacao (heaping)
  3. 1/3 cup maple syrup
  4. 1 teaspoon vanilla
  5. Pinch of pink Himalayan salt
Instructions
  1. Add ingredients to vitamix (or other high speed blender) and blend
  2. Use heat setting on blender if you want to serve warm
Notes
  1. If not serving immediately, shake before serving
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Eggnog
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Ingredients
  1. 6 egg yolks
  2. 2 Tablespoons egg white (optional to make it frothy)
  3. 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  4. 1 whole clove
  5. Pinch of Himalayan salt
  6. 1/3 cup maple syrup
  7. 1 teaspoon vanilla
  8. 4 cups raw milk or 2 cups raw milk with 2 cups cream
  9. 1 teaspoon cinnamon
Instructions
  1. Put egg yolk, egg white and spices in vitamix (or other high power blender) and blend for 30 seconds
  2. Pour in maple syrup, vanilla and blend while pouring milk into the top of the blender
  3. Pour and top with cinnamon
  4. Serve immediately
Notes
  1. Rum is an optional add in.
  2. If not serving immediately, shake before serving.
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Maple Pecan Brie
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Ingredients
  1. Whole imported Brie cheese wheel
  2. 1/3 cup pecan halves
  3. 1/4 cup pure maple syrup
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Place cheese wheel on an oven safe plate
  3. Top with pecans and drizzle maple syrup
  4. Bake for 10 minutes or until soft
Notes
  1. Serve with Carson’s Crackers and fresh fruit.
  2. Apples, grapes and berries go well.
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I'm a stay at home mom raising two wonderful kids, and it's my goal to educate people that there is more to food than meets the eye.
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