Christmas is a time of traditions and a time of sharing. Every family has its own traditions when it comes to Christmas-time recipes and I want to share mine with you.

As a mixed-culture family we enjoy recipes from Italy and Spain, all combined with an American touch. Don’t count calories at this time of the year. We can worry about healthy meals the rest of the year; now it is time to celebrate! Remember, it is what you eat the other 360 days of the year that counts. We can all take a few day off to enjoy traditions. Children deserve to learn about recipes passed from generation to generations. Good memories created in childhood are always treasured and difficult to erase.

GRANDMA LILLIANA’S CRESCENTS

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Ingredients:

– 2 sticks of butter (4 oz each).

– 1/3 cup of powder sugar.

– 1 1/2 tsp of vanilla.

– 2 cups of flour.

– 1 cup of chopped walnuts.

Preparation:

Cream the butter. Add sugar and mix well. Add vanilla, flour and chopped walnuts.

Shape in the form of balls, then press with you hand and make them into crescents.

Bake at 325 degrees F for 12-15 minutes or until done. Sprinkle with powder sugar.

 

AYA’S RICE PUDDING

Aya-ricepudding

This is my mother’s recipe. Very simple, but I must tell you her secret: she sits by the

stove and keeps stirring every couple of minutes for ONE HOUR!!!

Ingredients:

– 1/3 cup of uncooked rice (any kind).

– 1/2 cup of water.

– 1 L of whole milk.

– 1/4 stick of butter (1 oz)

– 1 cup of sugar.

– Pinch of salt.

– 2 sticks of cinnamon.

– lemon peel (cut out a piece about 2 inches long and 1 inch wide).

Preparation:

Warm up the milk until it is near boiling and keep it warm by placing a saucepan with the

milk on the stove on low heat.

In a separate pot put the water, sticks of cinnamon, butter and lemon peel. Add rice and

pinch of salt and cook until the water starts to boil, stirring constantly.

When it starts to get dry, start adding the warm milk, little by little, while stirring every

minute, uncovered. After about 45 minutes, and after the warm milk is all in the pot, the

pudding starts to become thicker. Add the sugar and continue cooking and stirring for

15 more minutes.

Allow to cool and place in the refrigerator.

MERRY CHRISTMAS!

About the Author

Dr. Katalenas

Dr. Katalenas is a pediatrician and owner of The Pediatric Center of Round Rock and the author of the book "The Step Up Diet: From Scratch… The Quality, Quantity, and Timing Solution to Childhood Obesity", a guide to healthy cooking and eating for busy families.