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Old 12-13-2005, 08:56 AM   #1
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Whats your menu for Christmas, Hannukah, Kwanza?

I dont know what to make just yet. I was hoping to get some ideas from all of you.

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Old 12-13-2005, 09:17 AM   #2
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Christmas lunch will be traditional

Smoked salmon as a starter

Goose this year (sometimes turkey)
Roast potatoes
Roast parsnips
Honey glazed carrots
Petit pois
Brussel sprouts

Bread sauce
Redcurrant sauce/cranberry sauce
Gravy
Stuffing - sage and onion
Game chips (if serving goose)
baby chipolata sausages wrapped in bacon

Christmas pudding with hard sauce/double cream

Coffee/petit fours/florentines/mince-pies for those who still have room!
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Old 12-13-2005, 10:11 AM   #3
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We are having mexican food and dips.
My niece and nephew in law { who are hispanic} are hosting this year and we're having our party this Saturday. My family loves Mexican food!!
Not difficult stuff, just fajitas and stuff. It's gonna be fun!!
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Old 12-13-2005, 10:43 AM   #4
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we are going to my parents' house on christmas eve, so i will be cooking for the 5 of us. the rest of my family is getting together later that week at the 'rents house. so, while the menu is completely up to me, i have to call my parents to find out what they'd be willing to eat.
i'm thinking a pork tenderloin, or maybe whole stuffed fish. i will be trolling for recipes...
once, when my mom broke her wrist, i went to their house to cook up a bunch of meals for them to have for the week. i was on a big mushroom kick at the time, and included mushrooms in more than half of what i made. it was years later that i found out my parents hate mushrooms, and didn't want to say anything because they appreciated the fact of what i did.
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Old 12-13-2005, 12:41 PM   #5
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Well.... I wish you'd asked this a few days ago. I had it all planned out.
Leg of lamb
Greek potatoes
Green beans and tomatoes
Olives and feta
Rice with berries
French Bread
Greek Salad
and
Baklava, Apple pie and vanilla ice cream for dessert. BUT....

I was talking to Paul yesterday and he was really disappointed that I hadn't bought a turkey. So, it's back to the drawing board to rethink
everything.


Edit again.... lol.. as Paul was walking out the door this morning
he started talking about how good that leg of lamb for Christmas dinner
was going to taste. So, we're back to the first menu.
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Old 12-13-2005, 05:56 PM   #6
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Not a clue yet (maybe not ham, marm!). Like amber, I need ideas.

I will be making a pecan pie 'cuz I like one this time of year. I will definitely be making one of kansasgirl's savory cheesecakes again this year because the bacon/onion one was such a hit last year. For incidental noshing.

It's nice that Christmas falls on a weekend this year - that way I can make dishes that require a fair amount of fussing and fiddling. HH will fall over dead if I decide to make homemade yeast rolls.
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Old 12-13-2005, 06:48 PM   #7
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Christmas Day dinner for 20+ will be as follows....

17 pound Christmas ham & ham gravy
mash potatoes
corn
broccoli casserole
saute'd brussel sprouts in a lemon-garlic butter sauce
glazed carrots
fresh baked dinner rolls
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Old 12-13-2005, 07:15 PM   #8
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I thought I had it decided but of course someone threw a shoe into the mix So I now have to choose between a prime rib or a roast Wellington, either way, we will have roasted banana fingerling potatoes, roasted turnips ,parsnips and carrots, peas with sauteed mushrooms, homemade cloverleaf rolls with butter and black cherry jam, garbanzo beans with evoo,parsley and garlic, both fruit and green salad, ravioli and cream puffs for dessert...I am then going to hide and let the others do dishes
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Old 12-13-2005, 10:38 PM   #9
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Because at Thanksgiving we go all out, Christmas dinner is usually simpler. Here is what my mom and I have decided to have so far.

Glazed baked ham
Green bean casserole
Macaroni and Four cheeses
Tossed green salad - something on the lighter side
Bread - either foccacia or ciabiatta
Cheesecake for dessert
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Old 12-14-2005, 05:06 AM   #10
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I'm having a hard time coming to a decision. I'm thinking either a beef tenderloin, or a rib roast. then my daughter said she would love to have ham. If we have ham, I have to rethink the veggies and sides. I may just go check them all out. With just 6 people, it is too small a group to serve 2 meats and the sides that go with each. We'd be eating leftovers well into the new year. What a dilemma!!!
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Old 12-14-2005, 06:26 AM   #11
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our Christmas dinner is turkey, mashed potatoes, peas &/or corn, crescents, that sort of thing. or do we have ham?
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Since we'll be spending it with my in-laws this year, we'll be having Central American food - turkey, called "chumpe", french bread rolls, Salvadorian tamales (wrapped in plantain banana leaves, corn dough flavored with chicken broth, and filled with chicken, capers, olives, potatoes and a red sauce)vegetables, and rice casserole.
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Old 12-16-2005, 08:48 AM   #13
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Heavenly Ham
Sage Dressing
Candied Yams
Scalloped Corn
Frozen Corn w/ butter
Mashed Potatoes
Gravy
Green Beans with Bacon & Onions
Homemade Chicken & Noodles
Deviled Eggs
Rolls
Chocolate Pie
Pumpkin Pie
Butter Pecan Cake with Butter Cream Icing and crushed pecans


**Night Before...........Christmas Movie Marathon Night**
Chili
Hot Wings w/ ranch dipping sauce
veggies & spinach dip
crackers & salmon dip
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Old 12-16-2005, 09:17 AM   #14
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I believe we are eating food. Yeah I think that is what Mom is making.

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Old 12-16-2005, 10:25 AM   #15
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Well, I did find a precooked Cajun Fried Turkey on line, so it'll be that, plus maybe cheddar and onion scalloped potatoes, some collards and baby butter beans, and a tomato/cuke salad. (I have to work Christmas morning, so trying to keep it simple!) Plus some sort of fish for DH, and probably a veggie chicken something for other son. (#1 son and I will demolish the turkey!)

For dessert, Christmas cookies!
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Old 12-16-2005, 10:53 AM   #16
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Not sure about anything, but friends of ours coming so we can make famous Russian "blinis", pancake of a sort. That will be a chalenge.
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Originally Posted by Ishbel
Christmas lunch will be traditional

Smoked salmon as a starter

Goose this year (sometimes turkey)
Roast potatoes
Roast parsnips
Honey glazed carrots
Petit pois
Brussel sprouts

Bread sauce
Redcurrant sauce/cranberry sauce
Gravy
Stuffing - sage and onion
Game chips (if serving goose)
baby chipolata sausages wrapped in bacon

Christmas pudding with hard sauce/double cream

Coffee/petit fours/florentines/mince-pies for those who still have room!
Ishbel-
May I ask how you make your red currant sauce? I've never heard of that before but I love currants! It sounds delicious.
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Old 12-16-2005, 04:31 PM   #18
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Special Christmas seafood menu at $110 per person. $140 with wine pairings.



Amuse Bouce:
Hamachi Tartare with Spicy Tobiko Aioli
On Crispy Sesame Won Ton Pi

First Taste:
Seared Fresh Diver Scallop and Foie Gras
Wild Mushroom Ragout and Watercress Pistou;
Pomegranate-Merlot Gastrique

Second Taste:
Chilled Dungeness Crab in Blood Orange Gelee Salad
Tatsoi and Mizuna, Heirloom Tomato, Avocado,
Blood Orange Vinaigrette

Third Taste:
Consomme of Lobster with Ravioli
Iranian Osetra Caviar, Salad of Exotic Herbs

Entree:
Choice of:
Butter Poached Maine Lobster
Vanilla Infused Barley Risotto, Sweet Corn and
Tomalley Flan, Truffle-Fennel Sauce
or
Pan Seared Almond Dusted Sea Bass
Mousseline of Caramelized Salsify, Baby Artichoke
Gratin, Nicoise Olive Sauce
or
Blackened Loin of Yellowfin Tuna
Chive Potatoes, Terrine of Green and
White Asparagus, Shiraz Demi

Dessert:
Trio of Creme Brulee and Sorbet
Satsuma Orange, Kumquat, Pomegranate
or
Fruit 'n Chocolate
Rhubarb and Cranberry Cobbler and
Flourless Giandiua Chocolate Cake
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Old 12-16-2005, 04:46 PM   #19
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psst, ic, that's amuse bouche, spelled with an "h".

are you going to serve them on little spoons, as i understand is the custom, so it is a single bite of amusement?

your menu looks fantastic. i wish i was there. you really are an iron chef!

oh, btw, what is salsify?
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Salsify is my husband absolutely favourite vegetable. It grows near the sea and has a salty bite. It only grows here in the summer.
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