Happy Sunday everyone!!! It’s so exciting to be hosting this weeks #SundaySupper event! I’ve come to realize over the years that family is family however they don’t have to be blood to be family. I have best friends who have been a part of my ups and downs and have celebrated such amazing milestones with my husband and I, I have friends I’ve met since I’ve had children, and for the past two years I’ve found some pretty amazing friends through the blogging world, foodie friends are friends that just “get me”. So I’m honored to be around the table this week hosting recipes inspired by our favorite holiday movie and/or songs! How fun huh!
I have to be honest, for a better part of eight years the holidays were lost to me. I lost my dad at 22 and I never thought my holidays would ever be the same, and they weren’t. However over the years as I healed and the void in my heart from losing him was filled, I slowly looked forward to the holidays again. Since having my daughter three years ago, each year just gets more and more exciting! This year I have a new home to celebrate in, new traditions have started and my sweet baby boy will have his very first Christmas.
Growing up my sister and I watched Rudolph every year together, I didn’t realize until I watched it with my daughter last week that I could probably recite it word for word. I forgot about the very important lesson that Santa, all the elves, and the reindeers learnt during that movie. How it’s OK to be different and we should love people for who they are. That’s something I want my children to learn. So fast forward a decade and my sister and I would enjoy the Christmas Story every Thanksgiving night as it played over and over again for 24 hours straight. We’d laugh at the style of the 80’s as we grew up in them, we’d site our favorite parts and we’d laugh until we couldn’t laugh anymore when Ralph got his tongue stuck to the flag pole! Fast forward another decade and as we decorated the Christmas tree we would laugh yet again at the movie “Elf”. My cousin, myself and my sister quote this movie all year round and randomly on any given night I’ll send my cousin a text quoting a part of the movie to give her a giggle.
So the recipe I was going to make was going to have to be from one of those three movies. I immediately texted my sister and cousin and asked them for advice……..what can I make? Give me some idea’s. So this one is for my cousin who loves Christmas probably more than I do, who stood by me at my wedding, and who is so so good to my kiddo’s! Love you Melinda Sue Who!! As Buddy the Elf says, “We elves try to stick to the four main food groups: candy, candy canes, candy corns and ……………syrup.” Yup I said Syrup.
Dish Inspired by: Kitchen Concoctions
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
3 tablespoons tomato paste
1 (28 ounce) can tomato sauce (I chose one seasoned with roasted peppers & garlic)
2 (14 ounce) can diced tomatoes
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon dried basil
1 teaspoon dried Italian seasoning
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
3-5 tablespoons light maple syrup (use your own judgement I used 4)
What to do:
Saute the diced onion in olive oil over medium heat in a large pan for 3-5 min. Add in garlic, stirring to combine. Add in tomato paste and stir to combine.
Add in diced tomatoes. Using a hand masher mash the diced tomatoes to the consistency that you like.
Add the rest of the ingredients accept the maple syrup and stir to combine. Lastly add in the syrup to your liking, turn to low and simmer for 20 minutes. Add more paste if you want a thicker consistency.
Now it’s time to go and see everyone else’s recipes inspired from favorite holiday movies and music! Check out the imagination on some of these. Pour a cup of coffee, hot cocoa or glass of wine and join us for some giggles and of course some pretty great recipes! Thank you #SundaySupper team for allowing me to host this shin dig! Oh here is my little taste tester, can’t forget this sweet girl. Apparently she is in agreement with buddy the Elf about the four food groups!! She loved it!
Party Appetizers & Snacks:
Oven-Roasted Applesauce Scented with Rosemary & Vanilla-Inspired by the song
“Christmas in the Trenches”– Shockingly Delicious
Roasted Chestnuts Inspired by the movie “The Christmas Song” – Food Lust People Love
A Popcorn Trio Inspired by the song “Let it Snow” – Hot Momma’s Kitchen Chaos
Chai Tea Abominable Snow Buddies Inspired by the movie “Rudolph” – Cupcakes & Kale Chips
Raisin Bran Muffins for a Crowd Inspired by the movie
“National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation” – In The Kitchen With Audrey and Maurene
Icicle Candy and Reindeer Snacks Inspired by the movie “Snow” – Treats & Trinkets
A Christmas Carol Plum Pudding Inspired by the movie “A Christmas Carol” – No One Likes Crumbley Cookies
Yukon Mashed Potato Cakes Inspired by the movie “Rudolph” – Cookin’ Mimi
Christmas Pudding Inspired by the song “Over the River and Through the Woods” – A Kitchen Hoor
Pumpkin Pudding Inspired by the movie “Nightmare Before Christmas” – Basic N Delicious
Elf-Inspired Christmas “Grams” Inspired by the movie “Elf” – MarocMama
Sugarplums Inspired by the movie “The Nutcracker” – Happy Baking Days
Chai Spiced Roasted Nuts Inspired by the song “Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire” – Take A Bite Out of Boca
Festive Main Dishes
Maple Syrup Spaghetti– Inspired by the movie “Elf”- Momma’s Meals
Who Hash Inspired by the movie “How The Grinch Stole Christmas” –girlichef
Ginger Orange Glazed Cornish Hens Inspired by the song “The 12 Days of Christmas” –Sue’s Nutrition Buzz
NY Hot Dog with Sabrett-style Onion Sauce Inspired by the movie “Die Hard” – Small Wallet, Big Appetite
Classic Caesar Salad Inspired by the movie “The Santa Clause” – The Little Ferraro Kitchen
Individuals Meatloaves & Horseradish Mashed Potatoes for Mommy’s Little Piggies – Inspired by the movie
“A Christmas Story” – The Not So Cheesy Kitchen
Christmas Waffles Inspired by the TV special “A Claymation Christmas Celebration” – Curious Cuisiniere
Filthy Animal Pizza Inspired by the movie “Home Alone” – Foxes Love Lemons
Chicken Orzo Soup Inspired by the song “12 Days of Christmas” – Family Foodie
Brandied Candied Sweet Potatoes Inspired by the song “Christmas Is The Time To Say ‘I Love You’ ” –
Cindy’s Recipes and Writings
Sweet Holiday Treats:
Gin and Tonic Cupcakes Inspired by Adam Sandler’s ” The Chanukah Song” – The Girl In The Little Red Kitchen
Chocolate Chip Shortbread Bars Inspired by the movie “Love Actually” – Magnolia Days
Gingerbread Marshmallows Inspired by the song “Marshmallow World” – Jane’s Adventures in Dinner
Hazelnut Chocolate Chip Cookies Inspired by the movie “The Gremlins” – Killer Bunnies, Inc
White Chocolate Peppermint Fudge Inspired by the song “I’m Dreaming of a White Christmas” – Alida’s Kitchen
Snowball Cookies – Inspired by the movie “White Christmas” –The Foodie Army Wife
Penuche Fudge Inspired by the movie “Elf” – Pies and Plots
Hot Chocolate Cookies Inspired by the movie “Santa Clause” – Mess Makes Food
South Pacific Coconut Tres Leche Cake Inspired by the movie “South Pacific” –The Ninja Baker
Cookies & Cream Fudge Inspired by the movie “Elf” – The Messy Baker
Toasted Coconut Hot Cocoa– Inspired by the song “Let It Snow”– Chocolate Moosey
The Christmas Gram Inspired by the movie “Elf” – An Appealing Plan
Eggnog Hot Chocolate Inspired by the movie “National Lampoons Christmas Vacation” – Peanut Butter and Peppers
Vermont Hot Cocoa Inspired by the movie “White Christmas” – Kudos Kitchen By Renee
Spiked Hot Chocolate Peppermint Ice Cream Floats Inspired by the song “Holly Jolly Christmas “ –NeighborFood
This is Christmas; Wine Pairings for Holiday Themed#SundaySupper Recipes – ENOFYLZ Wine Blog
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