Holiday food isn’t necessarily the healthiest but it is yummy!  I’m kind of a sucker for things old fashioned.  All of the classic christmas tunes talk about popcorn and this year, I decided to make some popcorn balls to give to friends.  I used this recipe and it turned out awesome!  It was really fun to make!  We added a little green food coloring and used red hot cinnamons to decorate it.

Another old fashioned holiday treat is puddin’.  After asking for figgy pudding most of my life in the tune “we wish you a merry Christmas” we have started giving pudding to the kids while making a Christmas carrot pudding–since I don’t like figs–it’s more like a spice cake.  Here is this recipe.  I love this very old fashioned recipe of my 95 yo grandma:

Christmas Pudding
1 C grated carrots
1 C grated apples
1 C grated potatoes
1 C raisins (opt)
1 C dates (opt)
¾ C butter
1 C sugar
2 c flour
1 ½ tsp baking powder
½ tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp cloves, cinnamon, and allspice
½ tsp nutmeg
½-1 C walnuts
Mix dry ingredients. Mix butter with all fruits. Add to dry ingredients and mix well. Traditionally you are supposed to cook this in a soup or coffee can by steaming it for 2 hours in a saucepan filled with water. We did that the first time and you are welcome to do so but we threw it in the greased crockpot and cooked it for about an hour and a half and it worked just as well and you didn’t have to think about it.
There are 2 different sauces on the original recipe…the first uses brandy. We used this one:
Caramel sauce
1 C sugar
½ C water
2 Tbsp cream (heavy)
Stir and heat sugar really slowly. Stir constantly and after brown add boil water very slowly (if you add it too fast the sugar will recrystalize). Take off heat and add cream. If you did add the water too fast you can filter the sugar crystals out with a colander.  You can poke your puddin with a straw and then pour the sauce over it.  It’s yummy!

What do you like to eat?