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Happy New Year!   A happy and healthy year filled with opportunities for you and to expand your table to include others.

Tortilla Bowl Party Night

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Foodie Lit

Making food together is a great activity for families and guests on New Year’s Eve. How much fun is it to place fajitas, tacos  or burritos cups on a plate and then fill them as your heart desires. Family and guests will just love the variety and choices.


What a great party night for adults or kids. Everyone can help. Depending on the age of kids, different levels of supervision will be needed. Children as young as 5 can help place food in dishes and certainly most above 10 can wash, peel or grate. Bring your family together around the table!


Use all categories for a party night. For a family night, select a category or a few favorites from the list. Try different breads or wrappings as suggested below.           Recipe below.

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Douglas Carlyle told me, ““Cat has been through a lot. She suffers from PTSD which will become a big part of the plot in the next novel. All of this creates a woman who won’t take any crap from anybody, has more than a little trouble respecting authority, takes risks without hesitation, and has trouble with commitment. She also has a good sense as to who is good and who is not.” 


But is she willing to risk her life to be written into a murder mystery series that has racked up 18 murders?

Try a piece of our New York Cheesecake while reading this exciting thriller!

Tortilla Bowl Party Night


Lettuce, shredded

Spinach leaves

Tomatoes chopped

Cucumbers, chopped (peel if not organic)

Mushrooms, fresh or sautéed

Zucchini, shredded

Bell peppers, sliced

Radishes, thinly sliced

Onions, caramelized

Yellow or red onions, sliced

Jalapeño peppers, thinly sliced

Refried beans

Corn cut from cob

Roasted cauliflower florets

Tofu, cubed and crisply fried or baked



Cheddar cheese, grated

Scrambled eggs



Chicken, beef, or pork, shredded

Ground beef, turkey or pork, browned



Breaded and baked cod pieces

Veggie Wrappers

Bread bowls, tacos, fajitas, burritos, French bread or lettuce cups



1 Avocado, sliced


2 scallions, diced

Olives, mixed and chopped

Salsa, how sweet or hot-- to your taste!

Sour cream with chopped scallions

Sliced lemons or limes



Place fajita, taco or bread of choice on a plate and add a few of the choices above. Top with your favorite topping.


Expandthetable suggestions

Burritos: Add your choices to a burrito. Fold in sides and roll tightly.

Fajitas, Fajita Cups or Pita: Fill the cups with your choices.

Italian/French Bread: Instead of a taco, pile your choices on a long slice of Italian bread slightly hollowed out. Cut into 4-5” pieces for ease of eating.

Lettuce cups: Save the carbs and use an entire lettuce leaf instead of the bread.

Bell Peppers: Cut off tops. Remove seeds and fibrous parts. Fill with desired ingredients, except lettuce. Place in 400F oven for 10 minutes. Remove from oven and add toppings.

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