2017-12-21 / Life in Leelanau

Busy holidays create need for quick-and-easy recipes

Christmas is a busy time, but wouldn’t be the same without home-cooked dishes.

Perhaps it’s time to take a cue from two women who lead busy lives yet found time to prepare contributions for the Empire Christmas Potluck held Saturday at the Township Hall.

They went simple.

German Potatoes

Linda Payment, a member of the Empire Area Community Center that organizes the potluck, sees no need to re-invent the wheel when preparing her dish for the Empire Christmas potluck. So she starts with an old standby — Read potato salad in a can.

Ah, but that’s only the beginning.

“These German potatoes are a little different than most potato dishes brought to the potluck. And they are out of this world,” Payment said.

She adds bacon, vinegar and sugar, “all baked to total, succulent heaven,” she said. “It’s not a recipe. I can’t share that recipe not because I don’t want to. It’s because I don’t have anything written down, so I don’t have any amounts.”

Reindeer Prints

JoAnne Beare brought a quick-and-easy holiday snack she calls “Reindeer Prints.”

Beare takes square pretzels and places a Rolo candy on top of each, then puts them in an oven warmed to about 200 degrees. “You don’t let it melt all the way,” she explained. “When it’s been in there 5-10 minutes, you take them out of the oven and push a pecan on the top of each one.”

Ta-da. Snack accomplished.

“Kids love them, but everybody else does, too. They’re sweet with salt and cheery,” Beare said.

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