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Old 12-19-2013, 08:15 AM   #1
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Christmas Meal Plans 2013

With Christmas being less than a week away, I'm really surprised I haven't seen a meal thread yet.

What are your Christmas plans?

Mrs. K and I will be in Las Vegas with the family over the holidays. We were looking for somewhere to have a nice dinner on Christmas. After going back and forth between several places, the final vote was for the Bellagio buffet. I actually wanted more of a sit down dinner, but I have to admit their selection looks outstanding. And as long as someone else is doing the dishes, I'm not that fussy.

Looking over the menu, I am thinking I will need to purchase some larger trousers in advance preparation.
  • Caviar - American, Salmon & Tobiko
  • Split Alaskan King and Snow Crab Legs
  • Horseradish Brandy Cocktail Sauce
  • Scottish Cold Smoked Salmon
  • Smoked Bay Scallops
  • Colorful Heirloom Cauliflower, Lemon Dill Dressing
  • Mediterranean Calamari Salad
  • Tomatoes, Olives, Artichokes, Feta and Salami
  • New Zealand Green Lip Mussels
  • Broccolini, Olives and Blood Orange Vinaigrette
  • Roasted Broccoli and Romanesco Salad
  • Cranberries, Blue Cheese Crumbles
  • Duck Confit Quinoa Salad
  • Citrus Segments, Broccoli Rabe and Arugula
  • Grilled Vegetable Antipasto
  • Grilled Zucchini, Yellow Squash, Fennel, Eggplant
  • Roasted Red Peppers, Marinated Olives
  • Grilled Flank Steak Salad
  • Peppers, Grilled Leeks, Poached Pears, Kale and White Balsamic
  • Truffle Potato Salad
  • Herb Mushrooms, Parmesan, Spinach
  • Seared Scallops, Clams & Grilled Fennel
  • Rustic Puttanesca
  • Mussels, Fennel Scampi
  • Grilled Sea Bass
  • Leeks, Braised Cabbage & Persimmons
  • Salmon (Carving Station)
  • Bourbon Ginger Glaze
  • Fennel, Turnips, Carrots & Potatoes
  • Pho Station
  • Szechuan Beef
  • Shrimp Chow Mein
  • Fried Tofu and Brocollini
  • Coconut Curry Clambake
  • Kaffir Lime, Lemongrass Broth
  • Char Sui Pork Ribs
  • Peking Duck
  • Kim Chi Fried Rice
  • Pasta Butternut Squash Ravioli
  • Creamy Chestnut & Sage Sauce
  • Shaved Brussels Sprouts
  • Fresh Made Gnocchi
  • Spicy Italian Sausage, Rapini
  • Whole Wheat Penne
  • Zucchini, Mushroom & Peppers
  • Grilled Chicken, White Beech Mushrooms & Pancetta
  • Mac-N-Cheese with Tillamook Cheddar
  • Rigatoni Pasta
  • Blue Cheese Béchamel, Grilled Chicken, Sun Dried Tomato, Arugula
  • Rosemary Lamb Chops
  • Artichoke, Fennel, Onion, Red Bell Pepper & Persimmions Hash
  • Whole Roasted Free Range Tom Turkey
  • Giblet Gravy, Cranberry Chutney
  • Roasted Goose with Citrus Marmalade
  • Beef Wellington with Béarnaise Sauce
  • Baked Ham with Honey, Brown Sugar, Cinnamon Glaze
  • Herb Crusted Prime Rib with Horseradish Cream
  • Roasted Kobe Top Round with Brown Sugar, Onion, Paprika Rub
  • Curried Ginger Baby Carrots
  • Root Vegetable Hash with Diced Celery Root, Fennel, Potatoes, Butternut Squash
  • Winter Greens with Pancetta and Caramelized Onions
  • White Bean Cassoulet
  • Wild Rice with Smoked Sausage
  • Dried Cranberry, Roasted Chestnut, Scallions
  • Traditional Bread Stuffing
  • Barley and Kale
  • Mushrooms, Sage, Thyme, Pomegranate Seeds
  • Truffle Potato Gratin
  • Pumpkin Orzo
  • White Chocolate-Mint Mousse Dome
  • Salted Caramel Mousse Tartlet
  • Eggnog Panna Cotta w/Chai Tea Gelee
  • Chocolate Peppermint Cheesecake
  • Decorated Christmas Cookies

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Old 12-19-2013, 08:31 AM   #2
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Party of one this year!

The current plan is ham, kielbasa, cheese potatoes, cabbage salad, carrot coins and a couple-two-tree Christmas cookies!

I keep thinking about roast beast and Kayelle's scaffolding for a one rib roast, we'll see!
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Old 12-19-2013, 08:50 AM   #3
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Looking over the menu, I am thinking I will need to purchase some larger trousers in advance preparation.
Dude...you should check out the Maternity section for those stretchy pants. The ultimate in holiday spare tire comfort. :)

I'm doing a ham, cornbread dressing...maybe a turkey, and definitely homemade dinner rolls. I haven't decided on veggies and other things.
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Old 12-19-2013, 09:16 AM   #4
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Christmas dinner will be attended by my SO, both my daughters, SIL and grandson.

Both daughters will bring appetizers so I don't know what they will be.

I am making an appetizer with bulgar, olive oil, onion and tomato.

Dinner will be a rib roast with gravy with lyonnaise potatoes (a baked potato for SIL who doesn't like onion) and a green vegetable. I have to check to determine which green vegetable is acceptable to all my picky eaters. Rolls and butter for those who want it. Desserts will include paklava, gurabia, chocolate layer cake with chocolate whipped cream frosting and an assortment of cookies. This year I'm adding my favorites, oatmeal raisin and chocolate chip to SO's anise and eggnog cookies, pecan cookie balls and ice cream (because Steven loves ice cream).

I told my SIL I would make a lemon meringue pie. I guess I'd better deliver on that.
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Old 12-19-2013, 11:27 AM   #5
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Dinner will be a rib roast with gravy...
I love rib roast. About the only time I ever have them is around Christmas. This year I'll probably have one on New Years Eve because I know they will be drastically reduced in price right after Christmas.
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Old 12-19-2013, 12:40 PM   #6
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Good hard salami, Soprasetta, Capacola, Home-made pastrami, pepperoni, Deli-chicken, Deli turkey, thin-sliced ham, liverwurst, Muenster, Very Sharp 5-year aged Cheddar, Aged Swiss, Lettuce, condiments, including spicy mustard, mayo, horseradish, salad dressing, etc., Home made sandwich rolls (potato bread rolls, but larger), several soft drink flavors, juice, milk, water, home-made egg nog, home made pastries (eclairs, cookies, buche du noel, desert ring), stacked jello desert, various kinds of olives, crackers. Best of all, no cooking on Christmas day. Everyone just grazes and makes sandwiches. Very few dirty dishes. Time to spend playing, talking, laughing, you know, the good stuff.

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Old 12-19-2013, 01:22 PM   #7
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The last several days our guest list has been going up and down like a yo-yo but we're prepared for three or a dozen guests, however it plays out.

At this point the menu will include roast turkey (brined ahead of time), gravy, stuffing inside the bird, cornbread dressing in a casserole, mashed potatoes, praline yams as per bakechef but I'll use fresh potatoes instead of canned, buttered baby peas, pineapple-cream cheese-lime gelatin salad, bourbon cranberry sauce, hot potato rolls, relish tray, white wine, sparkling white grape juice for the young guests.

Dessert will be a tray of chocolate peppermint pizzelles, Mexican wedding cake cookies, coconut chewie cookies, frosted cut-out cookies, potato chip cookies and two-tone truffles.
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If this awful head cold I have doesn't go away by next week-----I'll be sipping chicken soup.
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Christmas dinner will be attended by my SO, both my daughters, SIL and grandson.

Both daughters will bring appetizers so I don't know what they will be.

I am making an appetizer with bulgar, olive oil, onion and tomato.

Dinner will be a rib roast with gravy with lyonnaise potatoes (a baked potato for SIL who doesn't like onion) and a green vegetable. I have to check to determine which green vegetable is acceptable to all my picky eaters. Rolls and butter for those who want it. Desserts will include paklava, gurabia, chocolate layer cake with chocolate whipped cream frosting and an assortment of cookies. This year I'm adding my favorites, oatmeal raisin and chocolate chip to SO's anise and eggnog cookies, pecan cookie balls and ice cream (because Steven loves ice cream).

I told my SIL I would make a lemon meringue pie. I guess I'd better deliver on that.
I am coming to your house for dinner. Rib roast and lemon pie? I'll eat any veggie except okra and green peppers. Just one small piece of the lemon pie. Diabetic, you know. And I want to sit next to Steven as my dinner companion.
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I am going the same route as Andy. We are having TB's parents, brother and nephews, and since we just had turkey with them last weekend I wanted to have something different.

Our butcher had prime rib on BOGO free last week and since we are great customers, he is letting me pick them up on Christmas Eve for the same deal. I am cooking them by the Michael Smith method which is coat with salt, pepper & flour (I am using gluten free), place in a roasting pan, put in the oven at 500 f convection for 30 minutes and then turn oven off and don't open the door for two hours. They come out perfectly rare to med-rare and with a nice burnt crust on the outside - not bitter, just dark and crunchy.

I haven't decided all the sides, but one will be smashed garlic red potatoes. I am thinking of Yorkshire pudding as well. My in-laws are German and have shared much of their culinary heritage with me and I love to share my British heritage with them! I will also make gluten free Yorkshires for TB and the gravy will be just a nice au jus from the roast drippings (if I have to thicken it to make more I will use cornstarch)

Dessert is going to be warm gingerbread cake with homemade eggnog ice cream for the guests and coconut milk ice cream for us. There will also be baking around as well.
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