Parties & Christmas Treats

I attended my first holiday party of the Christmas season last Friday given by Jeff’s new boss and his wife. They were fantastic hosts, and the evening was delightful with fabulous food and beverage, lovely decorations, and great conversation.

As I pondered holiday parties, several thoughts came to mind.  The first was how you can always spot the foodies in the group.   You don’t have to tell us twice to help ourselves to the buffet table, and we usually start up conversations about food with the other foodies standing in line.   Not only do we want to discuss each dish at length, but if the hostess is near, we will quiz her about the ingredients and we never hesitate to ask for recipes.  While all of this is happening,  I imagine there must be a level of frustration among the hungry non-foodies behind us.

You know when the food for holiday parties is well planned and executed.  The table is full of both the familiar and unfamiliar, everything is beautifully staged tasting as good it looks, and you wake up the next morning wishing you had some of the leftovers for breakfast.  For this party, the hostess and her mom get 5 stars in my book.

One of the sweet treats served was an old favorite that I haven’t thought of or seen at a party in years, and they tasted exactly the way I remembered.  So the next day, I pulled out my old tattered recipe binder and wah lah, there it was,  Ms. Betty’s Toffee Praline Bars.  These were among my favorite party foods back in the 1980’s when I was a young adult, just beginning to entertain, and teaching Home Economics at NLU in Monroe.

It’s interesting how the best recipes never go out of style.  So, this gave me an idea for this season of blogs and recipes.  Between now and the New Year, I’m going to be sharing party food recipes.  Some will be old favorites but some will be new.  Obviously, the first recipe will be Ms. Betty’s Toffee Praline Bars.
Alas, I did not take a picture of them the night of the party.  So, I called the hostess and she arranged some on her grandmother’s plate and sent it to me.  Lovely!  On a side note, you may recognize Ms. Betty’s name from another recipe, Ms.Betty’s Pecan Pie.  Yes, that’s the same Ms. Betty.  She was my mama’s next door neighbor and best friend.

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Merry Christmas to you and your family, and God bless!


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