Friday, December 26, 2008

Christmas Eve Dinner

Christmas Eve dinner found us with old friends and a few new recipes. Our friends A & J brought a stunning cheeze ball appetizer.

We also started with a salad of blood oranges and scallions.

To complement our Mexican menu, the cocktail of the night was a margarita with a splash of pomegranate juice for a red hue.

The meal included arroz verde, refried black beans, and the roasted root vegetable enchiladas with chipotle cashew cream from VegNews magazine, December 2008. I've had my eye on this enchilada recipe since Thanksgiving, and it did not disappoint. Our version featured Yukon Gold and sweet potatoes with locally made blue corn tortillas. After a little wine, J's home brewed beer, and time for dinner to settle, we finished with an assortment of ice "cream" flavors topped with crumbled peanut butter Newman-O's and kahlua.

What a pleasure to celebrate with a mellow evening at home. I hope you all are enjoying the holiday season as well!


  1. Amazing menu, that cheezeball looks gorgeous!!!

    Happy Holidays =)

  2. Did the cheeze ball actually taste like cheese? I'm having trouble imitating the unique taste of real cheese in a vegan fashion. Soy and rice cheese taste interesting and are not necessarily bad, just not the same.

  3. Shelby, Happy Holidays!

    TeenVegan, the cheeze ball resembled a cream cheese type spread with seasonings. We thought it could have used a little more spice and some hot sauce, but it was a great cracker spread. It didn't really resemble cheddar to me.

    aTxVegan, thanks so much!

  4. WOW! The cheeze ball looks so impressive! I'm glad you enjoyed your Christmas Eve, I love mellow evenings at home! :)

  5. hooray for a mellow holiday filled with good friends & good food! that's awesome, Lisa! the blood oranges & scallion salad looks so pretty - i love the margaritas with pomegranate juice - sounds wonderful! now i've got to try out that enchilada recipe as well. good to know it's rock'n!

  6. What a wonderful menu! That tomato salad is gorgeous.

  7. Ha! I love the cheez ball. And that salad looks super tasty.

  8. Roasted root vegetables and cashew cream all in one entree!!! That's a holiday dinner, now. Especially if you had ice cream and Newman-O's for dessert. I've really wanted to try the PB flavor but refuse to buy an entire package (too dangerous).


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