Do you have some SPECIAL traditions that you've created with your family at Christmas time?
One of the things we started doing when the kids were young, was preparing special finger foods on Christmas Eve and everyone looks forward to it. We would start the meal when someone spotted the FIRST STAR in the sky. (yeah, a little hard on a cloudy night, but other than that, the kids always looked forward to it when they were young.)
Preparing everything is fun for us all, plus we can relax and enjoy the evening before Christmas with everyone else!
I thought you might enjoy some ideas for your finger food table this Christmas or New Years
Some of the foods that end up on our table are new each year and some are yearly favorites like these: (I've linked ingredients, in case you'd like to find them in our store.)
Have you ever looked at a recipe, raised an eyebrow at the odd combination of ingredients, then decided it might be worth a try?
Well, usually I have a pretty good instinct as to whether or not it will be good, but sometimes I'm wrong and it ends up being a GIANT fail. I always figure that it's worth the risk, because we've come up with some amazing family recipes by trying the suspiciously odd ones, tweaking them a little and WOW! - no regrets ;)
This pastured pork and pumpkin recipe started as I was searching for some new recipes to try. I had a feeling that our pork roasts cut into stew meat could taste amazing with some pumpkins we had grown this year.
After looking through the ideas, I just decided to throw them all out and just have fun with it. (that is usually how I do my best cooking... PLUS~ it's more fun that way!)
Long story short ~ this stew ended up being a super easy "from scratch" recipe and everyone LOVED it, so it will be added to our list of favorites.
I hope you'll try it. You won't be disappointed with the crisp fall colors and intensely delicious flavors coming from this one of a kind dish.
Make sure you don't leave anything out....
I'll have a printable version of the recipe along with some tips below, but first, I wanted to make sure that no matter how strange the seasoning combination sounds, you won't leave anything out. :) It really needs everything to get this amazing cozy stew flavor.
Pastured Pork and Pumpkin Stew:
Here is what you're going to need... (I use organic ingredients (or, ingredients grown with 'beyond organic' practices, whenever possible)
Tips and Tricks...
A dedicated mother and wife who has a passion for everything healthy and gift for simplifying that knowledge and making it applicable for others.
Charise, (also goes by Rise) Takes care of the sheep with her sister, here on the ranch. She also milks cows, and loves creating natural cleaners with quality oils and ingredients, through her business: Natural Oil Health.