Christmas In The Tuce

Over the past several years, it’s been a family tradition to spend Christmas visiting my Aunt and Uncle in Tucson, Arizona. Each year the group has grown to include new spouses, babies and other extended family. This annual gathering means carrying on already established customs, while creating new traditions and memories.

In anticipation of our arrival, my Aunt spends countless hours preparing the feast she serves on Christmas Day. She tirelessly researches recipes, tests dishes, and devices the menu, never missing a single detail. My Aunt is a fabulous cook, baker and entertainer; her passion and skills have been profoundly inspirational to me, and my own culinary endeavors. Many of my favorite recipes have been precious gifts passed on to me from her.

This year my Aunt made an over-the-top Mexican fiesta. It was one of those dinners where I couldn’t stop announcing how incredible everything tasted with each pleasurable bite. The menu included Champagne Margaritas, Homemade Guacamole, Grilled Sirloin in a Mojo Marinade (chopped and sliced), Rajas (spicy peppers and onions) for tacos, Spanish rice, 3 varieties of Tamales, and Black Beans. For dessert we indulged on the infamous Blueberry Cake, Chocolate Chunk Cookies, and the best Red Velvet Cupcakes I have ever tasted. Once again, my Aunt outdid herself.

While in Tucson, we couldn’t forget to visit some of our favorites like Frog & Firkin for their Yellow Fries (melted cheddar with jalapenos), El Charro Café, and B Line. It was another memorable trip to Tucson filled with quality family time and delicious food.

I hope you had a happy and healthy holiday with family and friends!

Yellow Fries from Frog & Firkin

Cute treat delivered to our room from the hotel

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