Friday, December 19, 2008

christmas dinner?

What's for dinner? I'm "catering" for the parents Christmas eve. We're having a crown roast of pork with apple-cranberry-sausage stuffing, church supper green jello salad, and what? I thought of Brussels sprouts with lemon butter, corn pudding, stuffed new potatoes. Just not sure. Daddy's become so picky it's hard to know what to fix.

Favorite side dishes? Have some? And what's for dessert at your house? I'm thinking his favorite turtle cheesecake for him, pound cake for her, and Mexican spicy hot chocolate for all of us after midnight service. But I love the idea of little lemon curd tarts. Help! Tell me what's cooking at your house?

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Blogger Willym said...

Maybe I'll just come to your place.. except I hate flying at Christmas, or any other time of year.

Christmas eve we're going to friend's for a traditional Italian Christmas eve - which means seven fish dishes.

Christmas lunch is very traditional:

Tomato and Celery essense soup

Shrimp with curry mayonaise

Roast Goose
Whipped Potatoes
Green veg
Red, yellow or orange veg
(whatever is fresh in the market)

Chestnut syllabub

Chritmas Pudding - and this year its a special one - the Queen (as in Mrs E2R) gives each staff member a pudding for Christmas. One of our friend's was a member of the Windsor staff - now retired - and gave us one of their puds from last year.

Some good Italian cheeses with fig jam or honey.

And then it will be bread and water for the next two weeks.

I like the lemon curd tart idea but then I love lemon curd tarts so....

December 19, 2008 3:27 PM  
Blogger BigAssBelle said...

and gave us one of their puds from last year . . . that makes me think of . . . oh, never mind ;-)

it sounds divine. and the queen sending christmas pudding? how very festive! i haven't had goose since i was a child. when i've suggested it, folks have turned up their noses, but i think a good christmas goose is the most festive thing.

lemon curd is addictive. i could skip the tart, eat it with a spoon :-) happy christmas, willym, you sweet man.

December 19, 2008 6:42 PM  
Blogger Chris said...

We do clam chowder here for Christmas Eve! We're more formal for Christmas Day...The pork sounds divine, and I think that is the same stuffing I use at THG! Go on my site and get my cranberry chutney goes great with everything!!! The lemon curd sounds really refreshing after a big dinner!! Enjoy and have a fabulous holiday!
chile review to come...........

December 19, 2008 9:57 PM  
Blogger Big Fella said...

Here's a really good place to ask that question:

December 20, 2008 7:56 AM  
Blogger Dusty said...

It all sounds so good Belle. :)

My son left today for Oklahoma, so Christmas here will be a quiet, sad affair with my son so far from home and except for his cat...all alone.

The irony is that a Californian has to move to Crowder,Oklahoma for work during these trying times.

December 20, 2008 11:22 AM  
Blogger Doralong said...

Ham, haricots verts, gingered carrots, mashed potatoes, pearl onions, chocolate pie, pecan tassies and whatever I managed to get baked between now and then..

I hope you and yours have a truly lovely holiday Lynette.

December 20, 2008 2:55 PM  
Blogger evilganome said...

My friend Warren is hosting. I understand we will be having duck braised in red cabbage and red wine. I believe chestnuts are also involved. I am bringing craberry/dried cherry sauce to go with. I am not sure what all else will be involved besides good company which is he most important part. Lemon curd does sound good though. I love the stuff and have a great recipe.

December 20, 2008 3:41 PM  
Blogger BigAssBelle said...

yum, y'all have some delicious eats coming up. i'm envious. having someone else cook is a treat.

i think i've decided on a menu finally:

crown roast & stuffing
jicama & orange salad
glazed carrots
baked squash

and either turnips gratin or corn pudding. skipping the first lutheran church ladies' lime jello salad :-)

i do wish the Queen had sent me a Christmas pudding, but alas, she did not. and i definitely wish someone was making goose or duck. too many tasty things in the world.

December 21, 2008 1:13 PM  
Blogger Chris said...

WOW...sounds delicious...good decision on the lime jello thing! You'll be a hit...what time did you say dinner way?

December 21, 2008 8:05 PM  
Blogger Chris said...

that was "was"...

December 21, 2008 9:14 PM  
Blogger Lynette said...

Chris :-) No one eats jello anymore. It was a staple at church suppers growing up. That lime jello salad is a tradition from my childhood:


1 c. hot water
1 (3 oz.) box lime Jello
1 (3 oz.) box lemon Jello
2 tbsp. mayonnaise
1 lg. can crushed pineapple, well drained
1 lg. can evaporated milk
1 c. chopped pecans
1 (12 oz.) box cottage cheese, well drained

Mix together. Put in 9 x 13 inch dish and chill.

It just tastes like . . . my childhood, I guess. It's cafeteria food, church supper food, comfort in a chilly little wiggly square :-)

December 21, 2008 9:23 PM  
Blogger Chris said...

I remember it well, or a version for sure, at my own church Mom did a lot of jello had cream cheese and I think it was layered. Oh those memories!!!!!! I'm going to give her this recipe!

December 22, 2008 10:32 AM  
Blogger David said...

Potato latkes.

December 23, 2008 9:59 AM  
Anonymous Michele said...

For appetizer: savory bad for you out of a jar ...

Premade pie dough (unbaked)
layer sun dried tomato pesto
layer slivered marinated artichokes on top of pesto
take large ball of fresh mozzarello - slice evenly and layer across
pepper to taste (just a wee pinch of sea salt for luck)
layer sun dried tomatoes on top
cover liberally with fresh parmesan
some artichoke marinade to "soften"
add top layer of premade pie dough (unbaked)
Scrunch sides and poke with a fork
heat until brown and golden on greased sheet

December 24, 2008 2:03 PM  
Blogger Joe said...

Oh, I suppose by now you're dilemma is resolved somehow.... hope you and yours have a WONDERFUL Christmas. Big hugs to you!

December 24, 2008 5:55 PM  

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