Engage with WebCenter Holiday Celebrations

Snowman!As we approach the end of 2011 fully entrenched in the holiday spirit, this week’s topic is appropriately focused on Community Engagement. Like many of us, we hope that our readers spent their holidays surrounded by the warm glow of friends and family and are recharging their systems to blast into 2012. From the perspective of the WebCenter team here, the upcoming year surely looks like it will be even more engaging than the past year and we welcome you to join us in this journey.

To kick us off in the holiday engagement spirit, we thought we’d share a some of our favorite images and a couple of recipes from this past week.

From the great Northeast – this time of year wouldn’t be complete without my family’s annual Hanukkah celebration with more Latkes than anyone should eat in one sitting. We filled 17 bellies full of these wonderful potato pancakes and then left town the next morning for Christmas with the in-laws only to come back to a house 3 days later that still smelled like Latkes.

Snow Family Festival of Lights

SNOW FAMILY HANUKKAH POTATO LATKES
(thanks to my sister – Nancy Snow)

GRATE TOGETHER: (food processor chopping blade works well)
4 Potatoes
1 Onion

MIX WITH:
1 Egg
1 Tablespoon of Flour
¾ teaspoon of Salt
1/8 teaspoon of Pepper
1/8 teaspoon of Baking Powder

LET SIT FOR A FEW MINUTES

Drop by Teaspoons full into ½ inch HOT oil
Fry until golden brown – (flip to brown each side)
Drain on paper towels before serving
Serve with apple sauce, sour cream or Greek plain yogurt

EAT UNTIL GONE!!!

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During the years when Hanukkah and Christmas are close in the calendar, as an intermarried family, we go from the grease of Latkes to the traditional pleasure of spending the Christmas holidays with my in-laws in my home town of Marblehead, MA – a small historic seacoast community on a peninsula North of Boston which is always adorned in the full spirit of the holidays.

Christmas eve Lobster dinner starts the festivities followed by more food and celebration for the entire family.

Roof Elves keep watch

These used to be food of the peasants!



Everybody gets their presentsNumber One Dog! Pumpkin Pie!


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From the great state of Wisconsin, another WebCenter team member, Kellsey shared her mother’s famous Jalapeno meatball recipe and some pix. I can’t wait to try this recipe!

Kellsey's Christmas Tree 2011

Kellsey’s Mom’s Famous Jalapeno Meatballs

2 lb ground beef or turkey
1 c. quick oatmeal

6 oz milk
1 egg
1/3 c. chopped onion
1/4 tsp garlic powder

1 tsp salt + pepper
1 can cream of mushroom soup
1 can of diced jalapenos or 1 jar of sliced jalapenos

Mix all together and shape into meatballs. Place in 9 x 13 pan (do not need to brown first). In a separate bowl, mix together soup and jalapenos (do not drain). Pour over meatballs and bake at 350 for one hour. You can also do these in the Crock-pot, but you need to either freeze them first or bake them in the oven so they don’t lose their shape. When putting in the Crock-pot, place frozen or browned meatballs in Crock pot, mix soup with jalapenos and pour over top of meatballs. Bake for 3-5 hours (depending on if they were frozen or browned).

Kellsey’s Honey Badger ornament Kellsey’s 5 year old Boxer, Bodde


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