DH and I are spending Christmas day with my family. It will be a casual day with family members coming and leaving at different times, so the features will be a spiral ham and fixings for ham sandwiches, mac and cheese in a crockpot, a spinach casserole. Also a variety of appetizers/snacks. I made a double batch of Moomie's buns for our sandwiches. I made them somewhere between slider size and burger bun size. Some with sesame seeds, some without.I am also bringing my Dad's fish cakes, a Christmas day tradition that I have been keeping up since he passed 10 years ago. Deviled eggs, and Hot Brie Kisses made with peach jalapeno jam. I have a batch of lemon shortbread cookies in the oven, they are a birthday gift for my sister whose bday was Dec 18. Also some Vitamix lemon curd to go with them. She is getting one batch of baked cookies and one log of frozen cookie dough for future enjoyment. My mom is getting a batch of mincemeat tarts. Everyone else will get a jar of caramel sauce. We don't do a typical gift exchanges, but we have presents for my mom's two great grandchildren.
Before we leave for my mom's house, we will have our traditional Christmas bread called French Twist, it's a slightly sweetened yeast dough that is spread with meringue, cinnamon, and raisins, then rolled up, cut into 6 sections, and baked in a tube pan. (Not sure if that link will work, the recipe was on my website, but I took my website down this week because I am in the process of closing my personal chef business.)
As usual, just the two of us. I'm making DH's favorite...duck breasts. Broccoli and sweet potatoes for sides. His ex-wife sent so many cookies, I don't need to make anything sweet. And of course, he has to get the costco pumpkin pie. OY.
Thoreau said, 'A man is rich in proportion to the things he can leave alone.'
I’m taking the easy way out this year and so tonight we’re having French Onion soup that I purchased frozen from Costco, a side salad, and garlic bread. Tomorrow I’m making meatloaf and mashed potatoes and not sure yet of another side. I know, not really Christmasy but I want to use up some ground beef I’ve had in the freezer for a while. I picked up some tiramisu from a local grocery store that we love and that will be dessert. Easy peasy this year.
I forgot to mention that Christmas breakfast will be eggs, hash browns, Morningstar Farms sausage links and Ramos Fizzes
Post by erin elizabeth on Dec 27, 2022 16:39:00 GMT -5
My cooking is coming up.
This Friday, 5 for dinner: spanikopita, Greek salad, apple crumble with hot custard. Appetizer? I might just buy a cheese plate from a local cheesemonger I've been wanting to try. It's expensive, but it's the holidays!
1/7, 11 for lunch: Ina Garten's Lasagna with Turkey Sausage (new to me!) and White Lasagna (old recipe with chicken, spinach, mushrooms & a white sauce). Everyone decided to bring something so I end up maybe just having to add a dip for a 2nd app. And buy some wine
mcgee, PattiA, wallycat, I'd be happy to eat at any of your houses! I am thinking of doing Christmas dinner (lunch?) next year. Not sure if anyone would come, but I feel like change is needed.