Everyday Mom's Meals: Family Time During Holiday Chaos

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Family Time During Holiday Chaos

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The holidays are descending upon us! The hustle and bustle of holiday parties, family get togethers, and all the other fun times that come this time of year is once again knocking on our front doors.
But this year, Netflix is encouraging families to slow down, take some time for ourselves and enjoy some streaming fun! And what better place to start than in the kitchen?!

With this in mind, Netflix partnered with celebrity chef Curtis Stone to create holiday inspired recipes, all of which are the perfect pairings with your favorite television shows and movies on Netflix. (I will show you my favorite of these recipes in just a minute!) 
Netflix allows members to enjoy their favorite movies and television shows anytime, anywhere they want. Plus, with Netflix, you can watch on your iPad (my favorite way!) in the kitchen, or the big screen in the living room or even on your phone on-the-go! And this Thanksgiving, Netflix is making it easier to chose by suggesting TV shows and movies your family can enjoy while the turkey is baking! 

We are big Netflix fans. I love watching some of my favorite tv shows while I'm in the kitchen cooking. And we look forward to movie marathons at least once per week; and during this time of year, we love the holiday titles to choose from. We can sit down with mugs of hot cocoa and really spend some quality time together as a family with a wonderful holiday classic. Rather it's White Christmas with Bing Crosby or Mickey's Once Upon a Christmas for my son, or even the action packed Skyfall for my husband, there is definitely something for everyone. Plus, while I'm busy cooking, cleaning, or even wrapping Christmas presents, I can watch episode after episode of my favorite shows. (Yay for The Walking Dead!!!)
And if you are looking for a new sweet treat to enjoy after dinner, during your movie marathons this holiday season, I've got just the thing for you, courtesy of Curtis Stone!

Up In Flames Drunken Bananas with Spiced Ice Cream
Serves: 2
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 6 minutes
Make-Ahead: The spiced ice cream can be made up to 3 days ahead, kept frozen. The flambéed bananas must be served as soon as they are made.

Spiced Ice Cream:
1 pint vanilla ice cream
1 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
1/8 teaspoon ground ginger
Large pinch of ground cloves

Flambéed Bananas:
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
1/4 cup (packed) dark brown sugar
1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
2 medium bananas, peeled
1/4 cup golden rum
2 tablespoons heavy whipping cream

To make the spiced ice cream:
  1. In a medium bowl, break up the ice cream with a spoon, then mix in the nutmeg, ginger, and cloves.
  2. Cover the ice cream and return it to the freezer. Keep the ice cream frozen until ready to serve.
To cook the bananas:

  1. In a 12-inch nonstick frying pan, melt the butter over medium heat. Stir in the brown sugar, lemon juice, and cinnamon. Slice the bananas in half lengthwise and lay the bananas cut side down in the butter mixture. Cook for about 3 minutes, or until the bananas are caramelized on the underside and the sugar mixture has melted and become golden brown.
  2. Remove the pan from the heat. Add the rum. Using a long match, carefully ignite the rum. Be sure to do this in a well-ventilated area and away from any flammable material. Allow the flame to burn out. Turn the bananas over. Return the pan to medium heat and stir in the cream. Baste the bananas with the caramel sauce for about 1 minute.
  3. Divide the bananas between two plates. Spoon some sauce over the bananas. Top each with a scoop of ice cream, and then drizzle the remaining sauce over and around the ice cream and bananas. Serve immediately.

Looks pretty cool, huh? How impressive for guests!

This holiday season, be sure to include Netflix in all your family plans. And to stay up on the latest they have to offer, Like Netflix on FacebookFollow @Netflix and Follow Netflix on Pinterest

So, what movie or show are you looking forward to watching with your family over the next few weeks?
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