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RE: So what's on the Christmas Menu....... 2007/11/29 15:17:16 (permalink)
I throw the annual Holiday Feed at my boarding house/commune but it'll be a bit problematic this year. I work 11 pm - 7 am Christmas Eve and again Christmas Day AND my usual fellow cook has to work during Christmas Day. I've decided on a relatively informal and easy to prep menu (compared to the D-Day-esque Thanxgivin Feed) -- beef roast via the crock pot and a ham for the main dishes, some make-ahead dishes I can reheat, and of course anything that actually struck my fancy walking through the Pick n Save.
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RE: So what's on the Christmas Menu....... 2007/11/29 16:25:32 (permalink)
Iqdiva..
What is Mama's Corn?..
I love corn....
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RE: So what's on the Christmas Menu....... 2007/11/29 16:36:25 (permalink)
Rosy,Mama's Corn is my mother's generations old South Alabama fried corn...
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RE: So what's on the Christmas Menu....... 2007/11/30 08:18:17 (permalink)
Our family has decided to do appetizers.Instructions to everyone are to bring a family favorite, and a new recipe, along with copies of each recipe.Also each of us are to bring a dessert.
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RE: So what's on the Christmas Menu....... 2007/11/30 19:39:25 (permalink)
Christmas eve:

Swedish meatballs w/gravy
carmalized new potatoes
pickled cabbage
cucumbers w/sour cream
Havarti, Jarlsberg, Sharp Cheddar and Farmer's cheeses
li'l smokies
kippered herring
smoked oysters
rice pudding
Euro beer of some sort
assorted candies and cookies
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RE: So what's on the Christmas Menu....... 2009/12/21 10:35:08 (permalink)
Bump!  Revive!  Etc.!

Eggs Benedict in the AM, Xmas cookies all day long, perhaps some hot chocalate, because we are going to get some freezing rain, as I understand it.

And this year, I am going to make enchiladas for dinner.  Red and Green (because I am so FESTIVE).  Toned down heat wise, as I would like for my children to eat them too.

What about you?
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RE: So what's on the Christmas Menu....... 2009/12/21 11:10:22 (permalink)
Dad's Side of Family:
Sliced Ham
Glazed Sweet Potatoes
Yeast Rolls
Green Bean Casserole
Veggies & Dip
Applesauce Jello
Mashed Potatoes
White Chocolate or Lemon Tart (Haven't decided what I am making yet)

Mom's Side of Family:
Chicken Paprikash
Sweet Potatoe Soufle
Marinated Tomatoes
Seven Layer Salad
Biscuits (Unfortunately not homemade)
Mashed Potatoes
Red Velvet Cake
 
Parents w/ Grandma:
Standing Rib Roast
Scalloped Potatoes
Seven Layer Salad
Rolls
Veggies with Dip

Pretty typical really.
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RE: So what's on the Christmas Menu....... 2009/12/21 11:18:07 (permalink)
No lasagna???!!!!
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RE: So what's on the Christmas Menu....... 2009/12/21 11:45:14 (permalink)
Chrismas Eve: Lechon Asado, Black beans & rice, Yuca, Cuban pastry, Cuban bread

Christmas Day: Glazed, roasted ham, stewed,Green/Pinto beans w/ Bacon. Mashed potatoes or Sweet potato casserole, Corn Pudding if we do mashed potatoes. Rolls.  Oh yeah, Chess Pie.

Eastern European/Latin meets TN hick traditions.
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RE: So what's on the Christmas Menu....... 2009/12/21 11:55:47 (permalink)
Apps...
Platter of shrimp w. cocktail sauce
Warm broccoli & cheese spread
Manhattans
 
Main...
Glazed beef tenderloin done on the grill
Twice roasted potato
Asparagus
Rolls
Cabernat Sauvignon
 
Dessert...
Chocolate-raspberry torte in a pecan shell w. fresh whipped cream
post edited by cavandre - 2009/12/21 11:59:50
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RE: So what's on the Christmas Menu....... 2009/12/21 12:13:17 (permalink)
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Chrismas Eve: Lechon Asado, Black beans & rice, Yuca, Cuban pastry, Cuban bread

Christmas Day: Glazed, roasted ham, stewed,Green/Pinto beans w/ Bacon. Mashed potatoes or Sweet potato casserole, Corn Pudding if we do mashed potatoes. Rolls.  Oh yeah, Chess Pie.

Eastern European/Latin meets TN hick traditions.

It does not get much better than that!!!!!!!!!!!!

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RE: So what's on the Christmas Menu....... 2009/12/21 13:24:53 (permalink)
Homemade tamales: beef, pork, chicken, chile-cheese, and pineapple-raisin-coconut.

Carne asada and corn tortillas.

Homemade pico de gallo.

Homemade guacamole from the avocados grown on the family orchard in La Cresta.

Sundry wines, beers, coffee and, of course, eggnog.

I'm making two big batches of flan, one regular and one lemon, with lemons from my trees here in Fontana.
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RE: So what's on the Christmas Menu....... 2009/12/21 13:40:01 (permalink)
Jack,
  You bring tears of SoCal homesickness to my eyes with the Mex & Citrus comments.    Jan has to work the 24th & 25 day shift, so we have 'kid/grandkid' visits scheduled for other days this and next week. Since she will be gone all day on both Xmas Eve & Day we will eat 'leftovers from a 'kid visit' on the 23rd.

I miss buying a load of Pork and Beef Tamales from one of my student's family for both the Christmas, New Year's, and Superbowl celebrations!! They made the best finger food I have ever enjoyed!!

 My parents had a great Lemon 'bush' outside their door at their Leisure World Home. It was always 'loaded' during the winter monthes !! We never could get citrus to survive at 3500 ft in the High Desert...But we grew tons of Apricots and Apriums the size of Peaches !!
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RE: So what's on the Christmas Menu....... 2009/12/21 13:41:43 (permalink)
Dong something different on Christmas day this year - Beef Carbonade from one of my America's Test Kitchen cookbooks.  It is basically a beef, beer and onion stew that simmers in the oven for a couple of hours.  Serve it over noodles and make a corn dish with bacon, garlic, shallots, and white wine and I'm done.

Chirstmas eve will just be a bunch of appetizers.
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RE: So what's on the Christmas Menu....... 2009/12/21 13:43:21 (permalink)
Standing rib roast, potatoes, tomato salad, green bean casserole (wifey's request), cole slaw. Maybe some other stuff, but my experience over the past few years is that my guests load up on the beef, and pick at the sides.

The last couple years, I've gone dry-aged prime for the roast, but last year's 4 rib roast was over $300. Not that no one could taste the difference, they could; but $300 is $300. I'm thinking wet aged prime, or even just a nice $6.99/lb choice roast might be OK this year.
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RE: So what's on the Christmas Menu....... 2009/12/21 13:46:42 (permalink)
mayor al

Jack,
  You bring tears of SoCal homesickness to my eyes with the Mex & Citrus comments.


You should see my orange trees.... I have 3 varieties heavy with fruit. There's something extra delicious about orange juice picked off the tree just a few minutes before extraction.
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RE: So what's on the Christmas Menu....... 2009/12/21 14:07:25 (permalink)
We have been busy as heck, with my son's high school chorus's appearances and Big Concert, and my wife busy with her volunteer work as "producer" for the vocal music department. We'll have cheese, crudites, salami, olives, and Chex Mix (homemade) during the day. For dinner, we decided to go simple:

Filet mignon stuffed with a little blue cheese.
Warm broccoli, olive, roasted bell pepper, and blue cheese salad with dijon vinaigrette.
Rice with pine nuts and herbs
Beaujolais nouveau
For dessert, Gethsemani Farms fruitcake and fudge, and my champagne chocolate apricot truffles.
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RE: So what's on the Christmas Menu....... 2009/12/21 14:28:20 (permalink)
Wife's mother is cooking, so it'll be bland, mushy, unseasoned, and overcooked whatever it is.  Wonderful woman, horrid cook.

Thank God Almighty for booze.
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RE: So what's on the Christmas Menu....... 2009/12/22 01:09:51 (permalink)
My mom always makes a ham, potato salad, a pot of baked beans, and rolls. It wouldnt be christmas without it. (its always 50/50 whether she's up to making sticky buns for breakfast. I'll keep my fingers crossed.) 
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RE: So what's on the Christmas Menu....... 2009/12/22 02:06:27 (permalink)
Christmas day will be with my daughter-in-law's family and will be turkey, since we (the same group) had a crown roast of pork at Thanksgiving.  Beyond that, I have no idea, as there are a total of 8 of us (or more if one of her uncles brings one or both of his daughters and their boyfriends/partners).  There are at least 7 contributing cooks in the group, one of which is a vegetarian (and a really creative salad maker and cake baker), and the matriarch of the family is English, so she will probably make her usual delicious miniature English meat pies and mincemeat pies.  I am sure we will have tons of food, but what it will all be is anyone's guess, as everyone just seems to bring whatever inspires them.
 
Christmas eve I will be at a good friend's house with his family (at least four of them little kids), and will total at least ten people and maybe more.  When he invited me, I didn't ask him what the menu would be, though I don't expect it to be anything exotic.  I am going to take a "Mayor Al's caramel pie", so they have something special.
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RE: So what's on the Christmas Menu....... 2009/12/22 07:10:46 (permalink)
tkitna

My mom always makes a ham, potato salad, a pot of baked beans, and rolls. It wouldnt be christmas without it. (its always 50/50 whether she's up to making sticky buns for breakfast. I'll keep my fingers crossed.) 


Oh yeah that reminds me that of the chirstmas cake that we have for breakfast on Christmas morning. Basically it is a cinnamon roll base that isn't cut into cinnamon rolls but turned into a big circle, baked to golden brown, and frosted with cream cheese icing. Pretty much it is a king cake with more sugary insides and without the colors on the outside.
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RE: So what's on the Christmas Menu....... 2009/12/22 08:15:03 (permalink)
Soccer862923, that sounds terrific, I would love to see pictures of it.

We will have the typical meals...

Breakfast:
Orange Juice, Coffee, Tea
Cinnamon Rolls
Bacon & Sausage (Jimmy Dean)
Pancakes & French Toast
Fried Potatoes with onions and rosemary

Lunch/Dinner:
French Bread with Brie & Cranberries
String Beans
Candied Yams
Mashed Potatoes & Gravy
Stuffing
Turkey
Apple Pie & Pumpkin Pie with lots of Vanilla ice cream
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RE: So what's on the Christmas Menu....... 2009/12/22 08:48:49 (permalink)
I don't handle Christmas. Some assorted items from Costco...sure enough.
 
Captain Kirk whatever chicken salad with nuts and fruit will be there.
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Re:So what's on the Christmas Menu....... 2009/12/22 09:28:49 (permalink)
Roast Pork Loin w/ Apples and maple syrup glaze
Rigatoni w/ caramelized onions and mushrooms in a marsala cream sauce
Butternut Squash Ravioli tossed in browned sage butter
Tossed salad w/ cranberries, toasted nuts, feta  - balsamic dressing
roasted green beans
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Re:So what's on the Christmas Menu....... 2009/12/22 15:31:29 (permalink)
We are gong to Charleston, SC for Christmas this year. Just the 2 of us. Woo Hoo! We have dinner reservations at Magnolia's on Christmas Day.
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Re:So what's on the Christmas Menu....... 2009/12/22 17:30:29 (permalink)
Still have to iron it out with wifey, but I am shooting for a pork Provencal stew for Christmas eve, served over polenta. Brunch will be some sort of strata with Liehs and Steigerwald breakfast links. Dinner with be roast leg of lamb with mashed potatoes and a veggie to be announced at a later date..

I expect it will be consummed with the following,: chardonnay, beaujolais nouveau, Glenora NY State Brut Champagne (OK sparkling wine for the French Government)...probaly a pinot noir or syrah...or both..
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RE: So what's on the Christmas Menu....... 2009/12/22 19:02:33 (permalink)
  This year it's going to be Roast Prime Rib of Beef. The sides will include oven roasted herbed potatoes, green bean cassarole, salad, some type of dinner roll, and of course plenty of home made wine. Dessert will be whatever the in-laws bring.

Merry Christmas all and have a save and joyous New Year.
 Happy Holidays to those of you who do not celebrate Christmas.

David O.
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RE: So what's on the Christmas Menu....... 2009/12/22 19:20:21 (permalink)
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  This year it's going to be Roast Prime Rib of Beef. The sides will include oven roasted herbed potatoes, green bean cassarole, salad, some type of dinner roll, and of course plenty of home made wine. Dessert will be whatever the in-laws bring.
David O.


Sounds good, especially the wine! ...but leaving dessert up to fate?! I question your sanity
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RE: So what's on the Christmas Menu....... 2009/12/22 22:57:45 (permalink)
We don't do a sit down dinner either:
meat & cheese platter
rolls & condiments
shrimp platter
veggie platter
various chips & dips
baked ziti & meatballs
dish of pickles

I think this year I'm going to do something a little different and make a caprese salad as well. Kinda been jonesing for that recently for some reason.
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RE: So what's on the Christmas Menu....... 2009/12/23 15:12:40 (permalink)
  I am adding deviled eggs to the menu per the request of my brother in-law.  Also bakes yams for the Father in-law.
  The standing rib roast is marinating in the frige as I type and should be the best one yet. Just garlic, onion, black pepper, thyme, rosemary, and salt when it goes into the oven.

David O.
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