Saturday, December 13, 2008

Floribbean Holiday Party!

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This year we wanted to celebrate the holidays with friends in a special way. To take our mind off the cold Chicago winter, we provided a bit of the tropics with our Floribbean menu. We chose this cuisine in honor of Florida... where we would have moved this past late November/early December. We decided to stay in Chicago after reviewing our work situations so here we are. We're not sure if we will move in the future, but for the time being, Chicago is home.

We couldn't have asked for a better holiday party with friends and good food. Here's what I prepared with links to the recipes! (and a special thanks to my husband for helping out around the house to prepare while I was busy in the kitchen...)


Salads
black bean corn salad
spinach orange cranberry salad
carribbean jerk chicken salad


Side Dishes
Congri (spanish rice, black beans & chorizo)
Arroz con Gandules (pigeon peas & rice)
Maduros (sweet plantains)
Tostones (green plantains)
Yuca w/Mojo


Main Dishes
Mojo Chicken
Guava BBQ Ribs
Jamaican Roast Pork
Citrus Flounder
Cuban Paninis


Desserts
Key Lime Pie Bars
Tres Leches Trifle
Creamy Tropical Fruit Salad


Drinks
DIY Caribbean drink bar
assorted wines
Caribbean punch

For holiday fun, we had our White Elephant Holiday Gift Exchange! Friends brought in a cooking/baking related gift... but it had to be something they already had. We all drew numbers and picked out a gift, with the option to swap a gift that was already opened. It was a lot of fun and some great gifts were received! Here are some of the great smiles of the night...

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