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Recipes For Entertaining
December 14, 2012

Theme Party Queen

During the past couple of weeks, we went to some holiday parties and entertained a bit at home which has given me a chance to try out some new recipes.

The first one was a entree recipe, fit for the finest dinner party. I hesitate to even call it a recipe because it only has 3 ingredients. The Crock Pot was really the workhorse in this show.

Have you ever used a pot roast seasoning mix? Before last week, the only seasoning mix I ever used was taco seasoning. I am surprised to say that I am now a fan of McCormick Savory Pot Roast Seasoning.

Here's what I did. First I placed a 2 pound sirloin tip roast (any roast will do though) into a Crock Pot set on low then mixed the seasoning with one cup of water and poured it over the roast.

Next I added one can of regular cola, put the lid on the crock and cooked it for 7 hours without lifting the lid a single time (that part is important).

The roast was fall-apart tender which you would expect from a Crock Pot recipe. What I didn't expect was the flavor of the sauce. I served it over Smashed Potatoes (skin-on new potatoes, butter, sour cream, garlic powder and green onions left chunky) and WOW did we love that meal.

Note: The sauce was the consistency of Au Jus so if you like it thicker, you'll have to thicken it.

I also made a Martha Stewart recipe for Chicken Mole, which is one of my favorite dishes. I've been trying different recipes so I can make it at home and I think this one is my favorite so far, perfect for a Mexican Fiesta theme party. I changed Martha's slightly and added the recipe and photos here:

Chicken Mole

I also made a few new appetizers which you can find here:

Dips and Appetizers

Did you see our holiday board on Pinterest? A great place to look for inspiration.

Holiday Fun on Pinterest

Last but not least, our Christmas pages have been updated. Hopefully you will find a few new ideas to help you through the holiday season.

Christmas Party Ideas

Until Next Time,

Sandee Lembke

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