Why I Love This Recipe
The Best Christmas recipe
“Hey, mom, when is the family coming over.” I said on Christmas Eve. “They’re here now,” my mom said, and that’s how it all started.
When all my family came in they dropped all of their food on our table and we started the night. To kick off the night we ate appetizers (my sister’s mini-pizza for one thing), then my grandma’s Italian wedding soup, then my uncles #1 Anti-Pasto. He always makes the biggest batch of Anti-Pasto. But there is still only a little left at the end. After eating our three courses, we would play some games like RIGHT LEFT CENTER, JENGA, and POCENO. We always get really loud during our games and yell out “Al Pacino” and “playing with the queen of hearts”. It never fails, we always yell out the same funny phrases every year and get loud and laughing.
After playing all these games we get right to our grab bag or as other people call it, (secret Santa). Almost everyone gets really cheap gifts and then hides a gift card or cash in it, well almost everyone. My grandpa that year got a really big and fat candle and cut it open. He then put a $100 bill in it, and then he melted it back together. No one knew it was there, so no one wanted the candle and kept giving it away. My grandpa ended up with his own gift but laughed when he told us about the stash. Of course he cut the candle open with a saw when he got home and had to go to the bank for a new bill the next day because he cut it in half. That year I got a really nice blanket with a gift card on the inside from Dicks Sporting Goods. My brother got a crock-pot (he wasn't exactly happy), and my sister got a glass chess set. I think I made out the best. My mom gets part of what I get since she buys me my gift.
After doing all the games and doing our secret Santa we got right to watching The Grinch. This was not our first time so we were reciting the lines. When we got to our favorite part which is when the Grinch yells, “we’re going to die, we’re going to die, I’m going to throw up and then we’re going to die…mommy tell it to stop,” (it stops) “I almost lost my cool there.”
After watching the Grinch my brother, my sister, my cousin, and I went sledding. This was three years ago so we got at least a foot and a half of snow. In my back yard there isn't a very big hill, so we use it for terrain. I came down the hill and went off the ramp onto my 20 foot rail, and I went at least halfway and fell into the luscious white powdery snow. Then my brother did it and he went almost all the way then he did a 180 after it.
Our last thing of the night is always our slideshow. This slideshow contains pictures of us and all the fun things we do during the past year. When we go to Rhode Island we always take pictures at Point Judith mini golf and go- kart place. It also contains funny pictures that we take at Easter or our birthdays.
After everyone gives there hugs and kisses and leaves, my brother, sister, and I build our annual fort downstairs. Then we crash so we can get up early and wake up my mom and get our presents open. That’s how my Christmas goes. How about yours?
Submitted by: "Zack P."
Ingredients You'll Need
• 2/3 pound total Italian table cheeses, 1/3 pound each of 2 varieties: sharp provolone, Pepato, Fontina, Parmigian-Reggiano
• 1 jar, 16 ounces, roasted red peppers, drained and sliced
• 1 can quartered artichoke hearts, 15 ounces, drained well
• 1 can button mushrooms, 14 ounces, drained
• 1 clove garlic, crushed
• 3/4 pound total (1/4 pound each) thinly sliced Italian meats: sliced sopressata, capicola and Genoa salami
• 1/2 pound black olives from bulk olive bins, any variety
• Head of lettuce
• Can of Anchovies
• In a medium bowl, combine olive oil, parsley, and red-pepper flakes and balsamic vinegar. Season with salt and pepper; stir to combine.
1. Lay down lettuce in a large aluminum pan.
2. Layer with cheeses, meats then artichokes, mushrooms, olives, peppers,and anchovies.
3. When serving, drizzle dressing on.
4. EAT & ENJOY.
Source: Family Recipe