Sunday, December 25, 2011

Merry Christmas!

Happy Holidays to all of our readers. We hope you're enjoying the holiday in the warm embrace of family and friends. We're taking the day off today, so we thought we'd share our holiday meal plans.

But first, a teensy bit of holiday business!  Thanks to everyone who voted for their favorite Christmas cookie recipe.  I'm sure some of you noticed that we have a tie between Raspberry Rollups and Spicy Gingerbread Cookies!  We took a day to think about what to do and decided that we should have a run-off.  The ballot will be up soon.  Please vote for your favorite between the two super-finalists! 

I'm making a traditional German Christmas dinner with roast goose, potato dumplings, homemade bread, red cabbage with chestnuts, cranberry salad (okay, that's not German!) and a Yule Log for dessert.  Wishing you all good friends, good food, and food cheer!

I'm having a honey-glazed ham, three-bean salad, Sister Schubert rolls, fruit salad, and garlic mashed potatoes. After that, I'm planning on enjoying some chocolate cake. Merry Christmas, everyone!

I'm making our traditional Roast Beef with Yorkshire pudding, green beans dredged in butter, fresh salad, and I'm attempting a gluten-free Tiramisu.  I'll let you know how it turns out!  [I'll always have my grandmother's sugar cookies and some homemade chocolate truffles, in case.] Happiest of Holidays to all!

I'm actually leaving on a jet plane today, so we're having a festive holiday brunch:  gingerbread waffles with a warm candy-apple compote and freshly whipped cream, vegie sausage, and a pot of strong English breakfast tea.  Enjoy this season of giving!

My mother's go-to holiday meal was always a standing rib roast of beef.  Me, I'm afraid to cook large (and expensive) chunks of meat, and while I'm happy if they turn out rare, I know there are others who don't like that.  So I checked with my memory-keeper daughter, and she answered promptly, "ham and scalloped potatoes."  For dessert we usually have a steamed pudding.  it was invariably chocolate, but in recent decades I've experimented with cranberry, which is also good (especially if you live in the town where Ocean Spray is based!). Have a wonderful holiday meal with family and friends!

Okay, after Sheila's amusing post, I feel a little silly but...we are having a large (and expensive) roast of bone-in prime rib. (Sheila, you're invited!) This is becoming a yearly tradition for us, simply because a nearby store has been selling beautiful (and expensive) prime ribs every Christmas at serious markdowns--as long as one waits until a few days before the holiday to purchase. (Can you tell we're writers?!) I'll be encrusting my handsome hunk o' beef with salt, pepper, and fresh thyme. Dinner will include a retro salad of iceberg wedges drizzled with thick and creamy homemade gorgonzola dressing; garlic mashed potatoes (my healthier version made with carrots); and my special holiday sprouts. Dessert will be a Christmas cake served with a fresh (moka) pot of espresso. (What? You thought I'd be serving tea?) Merry Christmas, everyone!

Merry Christmas!


  1. It all sounds so good! We had our Christmas meal yesterday, so leftovers! Yea! Merry Christmas!

  2. We're already on leftovers here, too, Helena Georgette. They're just as good as the originals. ; )

  3. Happy Christmas and thank you for sharing the joy of the season and fun this year! We are going to have finger foods today and then the roast tomorrow - the finger foods are just not leaving enough room to do the roast beast credit.

  4. Happy Christmas to you all and thank you for sharing your recipes and your creativity.