We’re getting ready for a zillion holiday festivities here in Qwerty land. Brie and I went out to fetch the tree (her name is Norma) and put up some decorations this week. Clearly, the most important stocking is Cheeto’s.

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Now we just need to finish cleaning and plan the menu for our holiday movie party. The feature last year was DieHard, but this year we’re going with something a little older. (Holiday Inn, which was made in 1942.) In terms of food, we’re thinking:

Movie Theater Popcorn

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Ginger Egg Nog Scones

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Easy Peasy Rum Cake

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I’ve also been considering soft pretzels, candied pecans, and … something else? Something more substantial — maybe meat-based? Still need to figure out. Also hot chocolate. Mmm.

We have lots of other recipes that work really well for holiday parties, but I’m feeling a little lazy. Most years I try to make sure all of the following flavors are represented: egg nog, peppermint, chocolate, cranberry, apple cider, and gingerbread. With their powers combined, it really feels festive.

Here’s the spread the first year we hosted in 2013 (for some reason I neglected to take a photo last year):

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Another good one for holiday parties is Quick Egg Nog Pie (very fast, very tasty).

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And that’s it, folks! What do you like to serve guests during the winter holiday season?

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Cat loves to eat tasty homemade things, yet isn’t terribly fond of the process of making them. She prefers recipes that take shortcuts when possible – without compromising flavor. Her dog, Cheeto, likes stealing her creations from the dining room table.

She lives in the Bay Area and cites her diverse background as her biggest influence: her visual artist mom is half-Chinese, half-Greek, and from Hawai’i; her film-loving, world-music curating dad is from Montana; and she lived in both California and Montana while growing up. She loves at least a little bit about virtually everything (Pokémon Snap included) and aims to be a Jane of all trades. By day Cat is a multiple-hat-wearing media person.

She is also allergic to felines.
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