Holiday Rescue Kit

So….You’re not ready for Christmas or New Year’s Eve?  Are you hosting a party?

Are you feeling over whelmed? Holidays can be stressful when you’re the host.

You have to worry about decor for the house, food for your guests and all those gifts and the list goes on and on.

Well – stress no more!!


Give them Sangria!!!!

Here’s a quick 101 on Sangria and some fast and delicious
appetizers to get you through these Holidays!!!

1. Sangria 101/ Classic Sangria

1 orange
1 lime, sliced
1/2  lemon, sliced
1 1/2 ounces of brandy
2 tablespoons sugar
1 bottle of red wine, chilled
12 ounces club soda, chilled
about 3 cups of ice cubes

2. Strawberry Mint Sangria

2 cups strawberries, hulled and sliced
1/2 cup fresh mint (approximately 20 leaves); plus 4 to 6 mint sprigs for garnish
1 1/2 ounces brandy
1 bottle of white wine, chilled
12 ounces club soda, chilled
about 3 cups of ice cubes

3. Raspberry Lemoncello Sparkling Sangria

1 cup fresh or frozen raspberries, rinsed
Zest of 1 lemon
3 ounces pink lemonade
2 ounces lemon liqueur
1 bottle sparkling white wine, chilled
about 3 cups of ice cubes


Crisp wonton cups with filling

(You can find wonton squares at any grocery store).
These wraps are very versatile…..

Place the wraps in cup cake pans to form little cups.
Then use your imagination and fill them up with a wide range of ingredients from savory to sweet.

Here are a few ideas for you…

1. Chorizo & Cheese – cook up some chorizo with onion, minced garlic and tomato.
Once this mixture is ready, let it cool – then place in the won ton cups and top with any choice of shredded cheese.
Place in the oven at 350 degrees till the shell reaches a golden color and the cheese is melted.

2. Shrimp – Saute shrimp in onion, garlic, shredded red cabbage and 1 tablespoon of coca cola (for sweetness).  Drain all the excess liquid when done.
Place ingredients in the wonton cups and bake in oven at 350 degrees till golden brown.  Garnish cups with chopped peanuts and a drizzle of siracha hot sauce.

3. Black bean cups –  Saute canned black beans with mushrooms, diced zucchini, onion and garlic
salt and pepper to taste.
Place mixture in cups – top with cheese of choice and bake at 350 degrees until golden brown…. And there you have a vegetarian appetizer.

You can top this one with avocado and sour cream.

There you have it – Your Holiday Rescue!!  I promise your guests will be impressed!!!

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About Nancy

Nancy was born and raised in Chicago’s Southside. Growing up in a Mexican casa, she always remembers watching her Mom and Grandmother cooking in the kitchen as a child and watching the vapors rise from the stove and the array of colorful ingredients that went into the creations. Dishes like Mole, Chiles Rellenos, and Pozole. The flavor in these dishes were amazing. Now as an adult, the flavors and the aromas in these dishes are pure nostalgia for Nancy. Nancy is a self-taught, with 26 years of learning experience and 3 years professional. Nancy and her business partner, who own Las Dos Fridas catering in Andersonville, have catered for the Mayor’s Office for Special Events such as Viva Latino Music Fest and the M.A.D.D. Candlelight Ceremony. They also cater to fashion shows with local designers like Horacio Nieto Jr. Recently, Nancy has also dabbled in giving cooking classes and it’s something that she loves doing and will continue to do. She specializes in all kinds of cuisine but focuses on vegan, vegetarian, and gluten free cuisine. Nancy’s motto is to keep it as authentic as possible, but also making it healthier without compromising flavor.


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