Me, my sisters, and brother braved the ice storm to travel to Hulbert Oklahoma today to celebrate Christmas at my Dad's. This is our first Christmas in many years that we've been able to spend time with our brother. He just moved back from North Dakota. He and is wife scoffed at the cold temps, (did I mention that he just moved back from North Dakota?) but ice is ice no matter where you live. Hoping everyone stays safe out on the roads as it re-freezes tonight.
Besides spending the day with my family, my second favorite thing of the day was broccoli salad. Yep, I just said that. It's the dish I bring to every holiday gathering. It's the perfect accompaniment to ham, turkey, burgers, just about everything except for maybe an ice cream social---although, I've never tried it. Hmmmm? I tell people even if they don't like broccoli they'll like my broccoli salad. I give them the old, "ok---open up...you've got to try just ONE bite!!!" I then force feed them a spoonful and sit back and watch the magic. "HEY!! That stuff is GOOD!!" I always rest my case. Did I also mention it has bacon in it?
If you want to wow broccoli scoffers everywhere just whip this salad together and shove a spoonful between their pursed lips.
So, here's the magic broccoli salad recipe:
Two heads of broccoli---florets with a bit of the stem (or you can buy two bags of the prepackaged.) Bunches are more cost effective though.
1/2 a red onion chopped finely
6-8 slices of bacon, crumbled (this is the aphrodisiac that mesmerizes anti-broccoli folks.) I don't think I'd be opposed to bacon perfume.
1 cup Hellman's mayonnaise (I use the low-fat model)
1/2 cup sugar
2 tbsp. milk
2 tbsp. white vinegar
Mix dressing in large bowl then add the goods above. I usually reserve two slices of the bacon to crumble and sprinkle on top.
Come on...open your mouth and try just one bite!
Happy Holiday cooking all!
The Magic Broccoli Salad~Converting broccoli haters across the nation. Or, maybe just across Wagoner county~
This is a huge branch that fell directly outside our bedroom window in the middle of the night scaring the be-jezus out of my husband and I. I decided I would take an artsy pic of the culprit, as opposed to being mad at it.
He's baaaack!!! My sisters and I are so thrilled to have my brother back in Oklahoma. The holidays are all about family~
Look who actually got to come with me!!! The exhausted U.P.S. man. He worked 60 hours in the nasty, cold weather this week, at a full dead run when he wasn't behind the wheel. He still has to work tomorrow which is Sunday to try to catch up from the snow storm a couple of weeks ago, though. Please be kind to your delivery drivers this time of year!! And come by and visit me anytime! I'm lonely!!