Thursday, December 23, 2010

Annual Taylor/Maizel/Luciano Holiday party

I love having the chance to entertain during the holidays, especially having our great friends the Maizels and Lucianos over. This tradition started 3 years ago when the "big kids" were only 2 1/2. I cannot believe how much our families have grown! Next year there will be another place at our table since Allison is having another little girl in a little over a week!

This was the perfect excuse to take out my good china and crystal and set a beautiful table. I served baked chicken, mashed potatoes, baked acorn squash, and caramelized green beans. Everything came out great, if I do say so myself :)

Here is the acorn squash, the only new recipe I used. Really festive and delicious.
Baked Acorn Squash
Recipe from Paula Deen


1 acorn squash, cut in 1/2
2 tablespoons brown sugar
2 tablespoons butter, softened
2 tablespoons maple syrup
Freshly ground black pepper
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

Scoop the seeds and stringy pulp out of the squash cavities and discard. In a small mixing bowl, combine the brown sugar, butter, syrup and salt and pepper, to taste. Rub the squash cavities and cut sides of the squash with the butter mixture and place them on a baking sheet, cut side up. Bake in the preheated oven for about 1 hour until the squash is tender when pierced with a fork. Serve 1 half per person.

The ladies
The Big kids, so grown up compared to last year!

The little ones, at least they are all in the picture


Kelly said...

It looks like you hosted a great dinner party and planned an amazing meal! I look forward to trying the recipe.

What a nice tradition, and how great that you and your friends have kids around the same age. : )

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, Kelly!

Kelly said...

Thank you Kelly!! Hope you had a wonderful holiday too! :)

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