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Tales of Turkey Terror
I’ve tried to select recipes that are relatively straightforward and easy; after putting substantial effort into a holiday dinner, I’m thinking you don’t want to get too elaborate with the leftovers.

TURKEY QUESADILLAS

Ingredients:

– 2 cups cooked turkey pieces, finely chopped
– 2 cups shredded Monterey Jack cheese
– 1 4oz. can diced green chiles, drained
– 1 cup chopped green onion
– 6 flour tortillas (large burrito size)
– 1/2 cup vegetable oil

Preparation:

– In center of each tortilla, arrange first four ingredients in layers
– Fold all sides toward the center so the filling can’t fall out
– In frying pan, heat oil over medium high heat and saute′, seam side down, until golden. Flip and saute on other side.
– Serve with salsa and a green salad.
Serves 6

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The Winds of Fortune blow cold

TURKEY & DILL SALAD

Ingredients:

– 2 cups cooked turkey pieces
– 1 cup chopped celery
– 1 cup frozen peas, thawed & drained
– 1/2 cup chopped green onions (including tops)
– 3 hard-boiled eggs, chopped
– 1 tablespoon dill weed
– salt & pepper to taste
– 1/2 cup mayonnaise & 1/2 cup sour cream, combined

Preparation:

Combine all ingredients and chill well before serving.

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I know that October  8th may seem rather early to debut the Christmas calendar for 2008, but the fact of the matter is that some of the ticketed events are already selling seats – and it wouldn’t make a whole lot of sense to bring the calendar online after these have sold out. Surprisingly, however, one very big holiday event kicks off before the end of this month – namely, the Tacoma Holiday Food and Gift Festival, to be held at the Tacoma Dome October 22-26.

As with last year, there will be a strong emphasis this year on discovering and listing free and low-cost events throughout Whatcom County and greater Western Washington that the whole family can enjoy. This is in line with the general theme of this site: simplifying Christmas, and  creating pleasant and memorable experiences in the place of pre-Christmas stress and a post-Christmas flat wallet.

Events with a price for admission will of course be listed, as well – there’s nothing fundamentally wrong with the producers of an event asking that a production or festival be supported by the attendees (although I must confess that $184-$450 price tags on a family-of-four admission to a certain time-honored production this year strikes me as near-larceny).

From now until Halloween, I’ll be very busy behind the scenes, here, gathering material for the site, and discovering even more events to populate the calendar (there’s a whole lot out there). Before I close this post, though, I’d like to ask you to keep the following phrase in mind: Ornament is for joy. Christmastime is a season of ornament, and has the potential to be a time of real value, of real joy, rather than a time for superficial affectations of joy and a closing value that can be summed off of gift-receipts.  But it’s up to you. If you’ve turned the holiday season into a finance-straining, nerve-shattering experience…well, it’s your own damned fault. About that, here’s some good news: it doesn’t have to be that way. You can make it better; you can make this very Christmas one to remember fondly.  And I can help you with that.

See you on November 1st: All Saint’s Day!

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Over the next couple of months visitors to Simplify Christmas (yes, visits have remained consistently high, even through the spring and summer months of 2008) will notice some fairly dramatic changes in the organization and appearance of the site as I prepare for the official start-up date of November 1st. The first big change is this new theme – which will be modified as needed before the official start-up. Update: 09/27/2208: I’ve decided to stick with last year’s theme – better features, overall.

Do not be alarmed by the changes – Christmas 2007 is past, and Simplify Xmas 2008 is going to be even bigger and better than last year!

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Holiday Cheer Ice Cubes

INGREDIENTS:

  • Oranges
  • Pineapple slices
  • Strawberries
  • Maraschino Cherries, whole
  • Cranberry juice cocktail

PREPARATION:

  1. Slice fruit into small pieces (except maraschino cherries)
  2. Place fruit in bottom of individual ice cube tray compartments. Add one maraschino cherry per cube.
  3. Cover fruit pieces with cranberry juice cocktail.
  4. Freeze until solid.
  5. Add these jolly ice cubes to whatever beverages/punchbowls you like, or try one of these two:

Christmas Cranberry Cheer Punch

Contains alcohol

INGREDIENTS:

  • 64-ounce cranberry juice cocktail, chilled
  • 1 bottle red wine, chilled (substitute de-alcoholized wine, if you like)
  • 1/3 cup bottled sweetened lime juice (suggested brand: Rose’s)
  • 1 liter bottle lemon-lime soda

PREPARATION:

  1. Mix all ingredients in a large punch bowl.
  2. Add Holiday Cheer Ice Cubes
  3. Serve.

Christmas Cranberry Punch (no carbonation)

Contains alcohol

INGREDIENTS:

  • 2 cups Vodka
  • 4 cups cranberry juice
  • 1-1/2 cups lime juice
  • 2 cups water
  • 3 tbsp. sugar

PREPARATION:

  1. Combine ingredients in a large punch bowl.
  2. Serve with Holiday Cheer Ice Cubes

Recipes via Suite101.com

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