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Spice Is Nice…& Yummy, Too!

The past week, I’ve been whining on Facebook about the lack of pepper jelly in my town. I searched here & there, near & far…but woe was me. No pepper jelly on the shelves. “Sold out,” I was told. “No longer stocked,” they said. How could I make my appetizer, Spicy Salami Rolls, for Thanksgiving dinner without the star-of-the-show?

Folks kindly supplied shopping suggestions beyond my preferred grocery stores. I scanned World Market, but missed Trader Joe’s, got personal help at Tuesday Morning & at T.J. Maxx, where I found some Bacon Pepper Jelly. Hmm. What about mixing bacon with salami? Could the salami handle it? I mean, it was bacon, for pity sakes! There’s a lot of truth in the saying, “That’s too much bacon – said no one. Ever.” But, being a doubter & also a purist, I passed on the bacon-enhanced, pepper jelly.

Pepper Jelly

The day before Thanksgiving, I finally found two jars of Tabasco brand, spicy, pepper jelly at Walmart. Hallelujah! (That was close.) And made what I hoped was a drool-worthy appetizer. For me & for many of those at our gathering, it met the goal. If you want to try it, here’s my take:

Cathy’s Spicy Salami Rolls

Ingredients:
Package Dry Italian Salami slices (as much as needed for large crowd)
1 – 10 oz jar pepper jelly
1 lb cream cheese (softened @room temperature)

Salami Spread Step 1
Salami Rolls-Cream Cheese

Directions:
Lay slices of salami out on a work surface. Top each salami slice with swipes of cream cheese across the diameter. Add 1 tsp pepper jelly & spread over cream cheese. Roll & secure with a (fancy) toothpick. Refrigerate until time to serve.

Salami Rolls Presentation

*Variation 1:

Tame Salami Rolls – For those who don’t care for pepper jelly (or in my case, for grandgems who don’t care for any kind of jelly) – roll up with only cream cheese filling. I made a plate for the kids at our Thanksgiving gathering (with green toothpicks as a “go for these” hint) & they were a hit. 

Salami Rolls 4 Kids

*Variation 2:

Figgy Salami Rolls – Tame, but with a bit more flavor, give that roll a holiday twist by substituting fig jam or preserves for the pepper jelly. Yum.

 

I enjoyed making those appetizers for the big dinner this year. They present well & were well received. Plus, they make good snacks the day after the event! (And the day after that.)

SOURCE: The bacon saying quoted was printed on a reusable shopping bag sold on Café Press. Just one among many cute bacon sayings & great gifts.

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A New Tradition: Holiday Mail for Heroes

Thanksgiving Turkey

Thanksgiving Turkey

Traditions come to the fore when family gets together on holidays. Like you, we have ours. Long-loved practices we cannot wait to practice again.

As usual, our Thanksgiving table was set in splendor, designed by my daughter, Heidi, who makes everything beautiful. Fresh flowers in silver vases, chargers giving the plates even more importance, flickering candles, and lacy leaves scattered about. She added our usual name-tags, each decorated with fall cutouts and personalized with winsome descriptions: Extraordinary Eric, Debonair Dietmar, Exquisite Essie, Magical Maya, Sweet Sidney, and more. Mine was Creative Cathy.

Though Heidi was really the creative one.

In the kitchen, my son-in-law Eric sliced the plump turkey he had cooked; the aroma told us dinner was ready. Soon we stood around the table, holding hands, one by one expressing the gratitude in our hearts.

After giving thanks, we tucked in, enjoying our traditional dishes, turkey and dressing, mashed potatoes and gravy, cranberry sauce, fresh green salad, corn pudding, Parmesan asparagus, grilled artichoke hearts, and Marcia’s famous Jell-O.

Once we relaxed with pumpkin and apple pie, sipping coffee and cranberry-apple cider, Heidi announced a new tradition for us to practice. Recently, she had seen a moving video of wounded soldiers, in hospital, lonely and away from home for the holidays. Yet cheered by Christmas cards sent from their grateful countrymen. And their country’s children.

Cards for the Troops sign

Six-year-old Sidney made a great sign for us.

What a great idea for us, Heidi thought. We could make our own cards! So in preparation, she spent many evenings at work on her Cricut, cutting out cards and ho-ho-ho designs.She gathered up festive stickers and colored pens. On Thanksgiving day, she asked her wee daughter to make a sign to hang over the kitchen table.

The children got busy and made a couple cards each.

Heartfelt Thanks from Linnea.

Heartfelt Thanks from Linnea.

Children working on cards

The Kids Got to Work!

 

Their messages were strangely mature in spite of their youth. Full of respect and gratitude. Though my two-year-old grandson went wild slapping happy Santas and candy cane stickers all over his card, inside and out.

Busy Cardmakers

Busy Cardmakers

Basket of Cards for the Troops.

Basket of Cards for the Troops.

Soon the adults took over the table and made more cards. We didn’t stop until we ran out of card stock and filled a basket with our warm wishes.

I hope we do it every Thanksgiving. A new tradition, worthy of much practice.

 

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