Christmas Menu: What's everyone cooking?

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Happy Holidays!

Eye round roast beef with Gorgonzola cream sauce

Steamed asparagus

Green bean salad

Herb Roasted baby potatoes

Radicchio salad with spiced almonds

Eggnog Rice Pudding

Mulled Wine
 
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Working the menu and shopping list right now...

Apps -

Manhattans; Gin and Tonics

Deviled Egg topped with poached shrimp

Chicken liver mousse with Calvados aspic, and toast points

Dinner -

Ham (not sure how glazed yet)

Cornbread dressing - mushroom, apple, onion and sage

Tomato and arugula salad with sherry vinaigrette

Roasted baby potato with onion and mustard seed

Cauliflower and three-cheese gratin

Orange-glazed roasted carrot

Dessert -

Chocolate and pecan bars

fruitcake (yes, fruitcake)

assorted holiday cookies

After party -

Port

Cigar

Dishes

Deep sleep
 
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I'll note the cooking method to illustrate how a home cook can make something Asian without everything stir fried.


  • Stuffed boneless 8 jewel duck - oven
  • Soy chicken in aromatic oil - braised mostly though there are a few other steps that are done ahead
  • Vegetable lo mein - stir fry
  • Egg drop soup - stove top
  • Braised celery cabbage and mushrooms - stove top clay pot dish
  • Marinated cucumbers - cold
  • Steamed rice - rice cooker


Dessert is not fully decided at the moment. Creme brulee was the leading contender but steamed yellow cake is rising fast.

Most things will be simmering along or roasting. When the soy chicken goes in for its braising, I just have a stir fry and it's time to eat.
 
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Standing Rib Roast, fresh horseradish, hasselback gratin potatoes, ginger beer carrots, green bean caserole. Fresh buttermilk biscuits.
 
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Ballotine of turkey stuffed with spinach, sage sausage and (I hope) chestnut, cream corn/oyster pudding and a salad.  Desert to be determined.
 
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We're actually doing our official Christmas dinner on January 1, don't ask me why.

Appetizers

Cheese selection

Smoked salmon

Pâté

Champagne, Cava, or Prosecco

Scones

Main

Filet de boeuf (beef tenderloin) en croûte

Pommes macaire (mashed potato gateau browned in a skillet)

Peas, carrots, corn, and edamame (shelled, obviously) stir-fried and left in a warm oven with a little butter

Baby spinach salad with shallots, garlic, dried fruit, and roasted turkey-fat vinaigrette

Rolls

Dessert

No idea, not my problem

I actually dislike the hot vegetable selection here, but the difficulty is that my parents basically won't eat almost any green vegetables, my brother dislikes most green vegetables, and my brother's daughter will only eat frozen peas... and when I say frozen peas, I mean, she'll only eat them while they are still frozen. So I need something very simple that my own family will like.
 
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Working the menu and shopping list right now...

Apps -
Manhattans; Gin and Tonics
Deviled Egg topped with poached shrimp
Chicken liver mousse with Calvados aspic, and toast points

Dinner -
Ham (not sure how glazed yet)
Cornbread dressing - mushroom, apple, onion and sage
Tomato and arugula salad with sherry vinaigrette
Roasted baby potato with onion and mustard seed
Cauliflower and three-cheese gratin
Orange-glazed roasted carrot

Dessert -
Chocolate and pecan bars
fruitcake (yes, fruitcake)
assorted holiday cookies

After party -
Port
Cigar
Dishes
Deep sleep

All went well except the after party. Skipped the port, cigar, and dishes. Will do those in the AM for breakfast. And the deep sleep has turned into insomnia... probably related to the counter full of dirty dishes. Oh, woe is me.
 
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Standing rib roast, butternut squash in brown butter and thyme, grilled asparagus, twice baked potatoes, mixed green salad with apples and blue cheese. tiramisu, and pies, lots of pies.  
 
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Beef and refried bean chimichangas with a nice salad on the side, tex-mex rice a friend brought(no clue what the recipe is but I suspect cooked rice, salsa, taco seasoning...). Decided on an easier to cook meal!
 
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My main element was duck - purchased at the local farmers market and butchered at home.

Christmas Eve

Cassoulet with sous vide duck confit.  This was a very slow cook version - 7 hours in the oven.  One of the new additions was gelatin in the broth to add richness and create a nice crust.

For Christmas - the duck breasts - sous vide then seared in a cast iron skillet - accompanied by steamed baby turnips with greens, and mashed sweet potato.  Dinner started with a salad of lettuce, apple, pecan, and gorgonzola.  Home made bread of course.  Dessert was a lemon buttermilk panna cotta with fresh blackberry sauce and some fresh berries.
 
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Christmas Eve was at in-laws.  Ham, turkey, dressing, corn pudding, creamed potatoes, collards,  green bean casserole, macaroni and spam casserole, and others.  because of one family's late arrival, everything was cold.

Christmas Day with friends.   Ham, turkey, dressing, corn pudding, creamed potatoes, collards,  green bean casserole, and others.  was ok i guess.

Instead of the big production, would rather have everyone bring their best party food/appetizer. 

scott
 
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Christmas Eve was at in-laws.  Ham, turkey, dressing, corn pudding, creamed potatoes, collards,  green bean casserole, macaroni and spam casserole, and others.  because of one family's late arrival, everything was cold.

Christmas Day with friends.   Ham, turkey, dressing, corn pudding, creamed potatoes, collards,  green bean casserole, and others.  was ok i guess.

Instead of the big production, would rather have everyone bring their best party food/appetizer. 

scott
Don't you just hate it when someone arrives late when everyone wants to eat?  I would go on with dinner as planned and the latecomers just serve themselves when they come.  Dorks.
 
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Everything came out great, the gorgonzola sauce was a bit hit.  I ended up pan roasting the potatoes instead for lack of time and I liked them alot.  I just wish I had some duck fat, gotta make some!

 
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