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Old 12-19-2017, 12:05 AM   #1
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Christmas 2017 menus/plans

Our plans keep fluctuating, but it appears we will have somewhere between 12 and 16 of my siblings, some of their kids, and mom (besides us 3) for Christmas dinner, with 6 or more guests staying overnight.

Our plan so far is to have my siblings bring appys and desserts. I think we have shrimp cocktail coming, and my son wants to make devilled eggs and his special cheese fricos. Also, I bought 2 large smoked whole mackerel to carve up and make a platter. And there's always a tray of olives (Castlevetranos, Kalamatas, and Cerignolas) and pickles and breadsticks/crostini.

For the entree, DW and I will make a ham, 3 grilled london broils, possibly a roast turkey, and sides. My niece also says she'll make a lasagna.

The sides will be herb roasted spuds, DW's crusty cauliflower, steamed stringbeans or asparagus, coleslaw, potato salad, Italian bread and Polish Rye.

The day after, I will be making omelettes, home fries, and sandwiches of Taylor ham, egg and cheese for breakfast.

I'm not sure what else will change over the next week, but some may stay a second night. If so, dinner will be Korean BBQ and banchan for a late lunch/ early dinner.

What are your plans, or what's on your menu for this Christmas?

I just hope I get to sit at the big table again.

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Old 12-19-2017, 01:45 AM   #2
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A quiet day at home.

I will putter around my little apartment, listen to the Queen's Christmas message, fix dinner, etc...

Dinner is pretty much a repeat of last year.
Baked ham
Kielbasa
Cauliflower gratin
Maple glazed carrot coins
Cabbage salad
Pickles, olives, etc...

A few Christmas cookies and a glass of eggnog.
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I will be at work, I am cooking up a ham to bring. The rest will be potluck from whatever everyone else brings.
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Old 12-19-2017, 02:26 AM   #4
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We'll be at the home of Loverly's guy friend's sister and BIL. ALL of the guys are hunters, so the proteins will be various wild game. I've been told that I WILL enjoy the pheasant (tastes like chicken!) and the wild, smoked salmon. Everything else? Um...I'll try it. Elk? Moose? I believe those are on the menu, along with deer and maybe a bear. These guys are serious hunters. Maybe I should take a ham sandwich?

I plan on making a tray of assorted dropped chocolates: dark and milk chocolate, along with that stuff called white "chocolate" for those with cocoa aversions/allergies. I plan on using walnuts, peanuts, raisins, pretzels, Nilla wafers, and Ritz minis with peanut butter for my coating victims.
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Old 12-19-2017, 02:38 AM   #5
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I am not cooking the official xmas dinner. That will be done by my parents and my sister, which means it will be a ham, green-been casserole, candied sweet potatoes, and maybe some kind of steamed veggie, like broccoli and cauliflower.

I am cooking dinner Saturday, which will be Cochinita Pibil tacos, with fresh corn tortillas (from the Fiesta close to my parent's house), homemade pickled red onions, and homemade (mild) salsa. I have to go mild on the spices, because my family isn't used to food with any significant flavor.

In the end, I am pretty confident that they will like the meal. I just have to push them out of their normal routine from time-to-time. They asked me to cook Saturday's dinner, and I told them I'm not taking requests. Honestly, I think they like that about my cooking.

I like this menu because I don't have a Fiesta near me, and it is a wonderful grocery store for authentic Mexican ingredients and the best produce in town. Their meat department sucks, but I already bought the meat I'm going to use.

I also do the scrambled eggs for xmas morning. That has been my job for many years. They all like my scrambled eggs. No secret recipe, I just don't overcook them.

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I like being a Swede, same menu as last year. So ham, broth for bread, ribs, brawn, boiling sausages, fried mini isterband ( we gave up on the traditional weiners, because no one likes them and went for this local sausage instead), meatballs, liver pate , potatobake, roasted Brussels sprouts , cheese and cold cuts, I think that is all.
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Our two daughters, SIL, GD and GS will be joining us for Christmas. We usually start with drinks and appetizers while we open stocking gifts. Dinner eventually follows as listed below, then desserts.

I've had really good results using reverse sear for roasts. I'm doing a boneless ribeye roast for Christmas. The chicken is for our granddaughter and the baked potato is for our son-in-law. Our daughters will bring the appetizers, veggie dishes and some cookies.


Cheese Ball
Mushrooms, deviled eggs, cheese, salami, olives
Wine
Soda

Roast Beef
Au Jus
Chicken Tenders
Lyonnaise Potatoes
Baked Potato
Sour Cream
Bacon Bits
Broccoli
Squash
Dinner Rolls

Cheesecake
Lemon Topping
Blueberry Topping
Hot Fudge Topping
Cookies
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Our two daughters, SIL, GD and GS will be joining us for Christmas. We usually start with drinks and appetizers while we open stocking gifts. Dinner eventually follows as listed below, then desserts.

I've had really good results using reverse sear for roasts. I'm doing a boneless ribeye roast for Christmas. The chicken is for our granddaughter and the baked potato is for our son-in-law. Our daughters will bring the appetizers, veggie dishes and some cookies.


Cheese Ball
Mushrooms, deviled eggs, cheese, salami, olives
Wine
Soda

Roast Beef
Au Jus
Chicken Tenders
Lyonnaise Potatoes
Baked Potato
Sour Cream
Bacon Bits
Broccoli
Squash
Dinner Rolls

Cheesecake
Lemon Topping
Blueberry Topping
Hot Fudge Topping
Cookies
The cheesecake with multiple toppings is a great idea!
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Old 12-19-2017, 11:21 AM   #9
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I like being a Swede, same menu as last year. So ham, broth for bread, ribs, brawn, boiling sausages, fried mini isterband ( we gave up on the traditional weiners, because no one likes them and went for this local sausage instead), meatballs, liver pate , potatobake, roasted Brussels sprouts , cheese and cold cuts, I think that is all.
Hija! Made Goro for my Dad this week.Thought of you. My cousin in Oslo sent me his recipe. God Jul!
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The cheesecake with multiple toppings is a great idea!
One of my daughters dislikes fruit toppings so the hot fudge is for her. SIL loves lemon, the rest of us prefer blueberry.
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Going out for brunch with family at the Odyssey Restaurant on Xmas morning. Haven't gone out to eat on Xmas in many years.
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Old 12-19-2017, 12:14 PM   #12
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This year we are hosting my in-laws and BIL for Christmas day. We had the big family meal this past Saturday and then one of the five siblings invites them over for the 25th. This year is our turn. Living 5 minutes away makes it so much easier as well.

Because we already had the big turkey, and with TB's and my food issues, this is my menu.
- turkey breast roast stuffed with gluten-free bread stuffing
- cornstarch gravy
- little potatoes, boiled
- sliced ham (MIL's contribution)
- glazed carrots (coconut sugar, palm oil margarine, and homemade mustard)
- green salad (BIL's contribution)

Dessert has not been decided on but will probably be fruit based.
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Mom wants roast beef. It will just be The Elders and me. No caregivers--given them the time off to be with their families.
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Many Christmas es ago I made a frozen salad with cherries, pineapple, walnuts. Whipped cream
I can probably figure it out, can't find the recipe. Anyone?
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Many Christmas es ago I made a frozen salad with cherries, pineapple, walnuts. Whipped cream
I can probably figure it out, can't find the recipe. Anyone?
Could this be it? I'm it making for New Year's.

Ambrosia Salad

2 (20 oz.) cans pineapple chunks, drained
2 (15 oz.) cans mandarin oranges, drained
2 (10 oz.) jars maraschino cherries, drained
1 (14 oz.) bag coconut flakes
5 oz. (1/2 bag) mini marshmallows
4 oz. sour cream
16 oz. Cool Whip
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Old 12-19-2017, 01:09 PM   #16
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Pulled pork and poppers. Maybe something else as well, if I get the inclination.
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Old 12-19-2017, 01:09 PM   #17
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My DD wanted to do a multi course meal for Christmas this year. So we will have several course with SMALL portions of foods. Here is the tentative menu for Christmas eve and Christmas day. Things may change last minute.

2017 Christmas Eve/Day Menu

Christmas Eve Menu

Shrimp Ring
Instant Pot Shrimp Scampi
Clams Casino
Caesar Salad
Garlic Bread
Pumpkin Pie
Whipped cream

Christmas Day Menu

Cheese, Meat & Fruit Course
Smoked Gouda
Muenster
Cheddar
Sopressata
Pepperoni
Mini Brie (from Trader Joe’s)
Black olives
Grapes
Townhouse Crackers
Cream Cheese, Green Olive and Walnuts Poppers
Marinated Mushrooms

Hors d’Oeuvre/Appetizers
Stuffed Mushrooms
Pigs in a Blanket

Fish
Linguine and White Clam Sauce

Pasta/Salad
Greek Salad
Garlic Bread
Lasagna

Entrée
Eye round roast
Burgundy gravy
Mashed potatoes w/cream cheese spread w/green onions and chives
Baby spinach
Carrots
Mini Yorkshire Puddings

Dessert
Apple Pie
Whipped Cream
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Old 12-19-2017, 04:10 PM   #18
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We'll be doing a family buffet Christmas brunch at my older son's house, and the SC and I will have a quiet dinner together. Both menu's are TBD at this point.
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Our plans keep fluctuating, but it appears we will have somewhere between 12 and 16 of my siblings
Your mom must be one tired lady!
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Christmas Eve is our small family dinner. Ex-Mrs K and I are hosting it at my house this year and having our daughter and her long-time boyfriend over. The menu is:
  • Appetizer: Escargot and Champagne. We all chip in putting this together.
  • Soup: Velouté de Châtaignes (cream of chestnut)
  • Entrée: Beef Tenderloin Filet with Demi Glace, Mushrooms, and Roasted Vegetable Medley. I was able to get a prime cut from Costco this year.
  • Salad: To be provided by Ex-MK
  • Dessert: To be provided by DD

Christmas Day dinner is a more low key affair. My ex-in-laws are hosting it. I'm bringing two sous vide Sirloin Tip Roasts. Sides and accompaniments are provided by other attendees. For some reason, I've become the designated beef cooker. They bought it; I'm cooking it.

While it's nice of my former in-laws to include me, truth be told, I wonder sometimes if they just invite me for my food.

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