December 16, 2011

Christmas Menu 2011 (still planning)

Patino Christmas Menu 2011

Head Count: 6 Patinos, 8 Leckenbys - 14 total

(Meat) Prime Rib or Roast Beef or Tri-Tip or Turkey...Prime Rib is tradition around here...still contemplating that for 14 people.
Garlic Mashed Potatoes
Green Salad w/Avocado
Whipped Cream
Crackers/Bread & Dip
Veggie Tray

Green Bean Supreme
Mac & Cheese

Nana & Papa Leckenby:
Costco Rolls

Mark & Nena:
Cranberry Whip Salad
Pecan Pie

Scott, Britta & Riley:
Pumpkin or Apple Pie?

December 12, 2011

Soda Cracker Cookies

I rate this higher than Almond Roca. Its chocolate, toffee & nuts. Sweet, salty & crunchy. Honestly the best thing ever. My mom has been making it for years. It freaks you out right at first...then takes you by surprise and wins you over the minute you have your first bite.

35-40 saltine crackers
1 cup butter
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
3/4 cup finely chopped pecans or slivered almonds
1 cup packed brown sugar

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). 
  • Line a 15 x 10 inch baking pan (cookie sheet with all 4 edges) with foil and grease it well. 
  • Line the pan with soda crackers.
  • In a medium saucepan, melt the butter. Add the brown sugar and cook stirring it until it dissolves. Bring to a boil and cook about 3 minutes, stirring constantly. Immediately pour mixture over the soda crackers.
  • Bake for 3 to 5 minutes or until the mixture starts to bubble. 
  • Sprinkle the chocolate chips over the hot cookies. Let set for a minute. Spread the chocolate evenly.
  • Sprinkle with nuts. 
  • Let cool, then cut into bars.