Holiday Dinner Party


We recently had a lovely holiday dinner party with great company and loads of delicious food!




  • Arabic mini-spinach and za’atar bites (Left hand side in photo above)

*Za’atar is a Middle Eastern green and bright yellow spice mixture that is a blend of herbs, sesame and salt. I thought the Za’atar wrapped bites were tastier than the spinach ones.

  • Cheese & Crackers
  • Assorted Vegetables & Dip
  • Shrimp Cocktail with Spicy Red Sauce



  • Honey ham with Pumpkin

*The ham was wonderful– Full of flavor, tender, slightly caramelized. The pumpkin didn’t actually cook fully in the time it took to cook the ham, so I would suggest substituting the pumpkin with pieces of potatoes and/or onion.

  • Parisian Salad with Walnuts, Cranberries, Feta Cheese & Balsamic Dressing
  • Fresh Crab with Ginger Soy Sauce

*Very delicious and since the crab legs were already cracked, easy to get to the meat.

  • Nian Gao (Sticky Noodles) with Chicken, Carrots, and Mushroom


  • Kung Pao Chicken with Red Peppers
  • Eggplant and Garlic
  • Fish with Ginger Teriyaki Sauce



  • Chocolate-Raspberry Noel Log

*This was my favorite dessert– Decorated beautifully and tasted heavenly. The chocolate was incredibly rich, smooth, and pure. The bit of raspberry swirl complemented the cake well.

  • Japanese Mochi with Red Bean Filling
  • Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Cookies
  • Traditional Christmas Cookies with Raisin, Nuts & Sugar Filling

*It’s one of our family traditions to make this delightful treat during the holiday time. They are crispy-chewy flaky morsels of sweetness and topped with red & green sprinkles for the season.


I hope that your holiday was filled with much food, family, friends and festivities! Here’s to a Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays & Happy New Year!

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