I hit the grocery store yesterday, after finally putting together a menu for Christmas Eve. Since I have to share my holiday time with my husband’s family, I have to pack my holiday dining enjoyment into Christmas Eve dinner. Family holiday meal planning isn’t like planning a menu for an event at the store. I don’t get to totally pick what I’m cooking.
So after much debate and a few eye rolls on my part, this will be the menu for Christmas Eve:
- Loin of Pork with Green Peppercorns
- Gratin Dauphinois
- Spinach Gratin
- French Croissants
- Crème Brûlée
- Keely’s World Famous Cheese Ball
- Cheese Straws
- Caramel Corn and Iced Christmas Cookies
and under protest…
- Mississippi Mud Thing (not sure what it is but it calls for milk in a can and marshmallow in a jar, found some recipe on the internet-will let you know if it is edible)
- Tabbouleh (after much arguing I’m NOT using a stupid mix, although I had to agree to find bulgar wheat that wasn’t so “brown” & I’m not allowed to put mint in it)
I was happy to find green peppercorns in brine at Uptown Grocery, saving me a trip into the city today. I did buy the last 2 cans though.
They also had vanilla beans…dried up, tiny pathetic beans for $5. Not sure if it was one bean folded in half or two stumpy beans, but they were sad. I have the best beans in town!
Gruyère cheese wasn’t hard to find this year, I’ve been successful finding it at many places so far. I’m making three dishes with gruyère so that was important.
True croissant story. One time I brought my beautiful and delicious croissants to a meal. Someone else made Plisbury “crescent” rolls and some people ate them instead. :slap: There is no accounting for taste! You can not make a croissant out of a biscuit.
I really, really wanted to make Christmas Pudding this year. They served it on the Christmas special of Downton Abbey and I’ve been jonesing to make it ever since. But I don’t have time to run down strange ingredients and have enough on my list to cook already. Plus the only person in my family who would have appreciated this is dead, and everyone else would most likely not eat it.
Other exciting things happened today. The sleigh full of spring yarn arrived early. I had about a hour to pop in the shop between grocery shopping and picking Mason up from school and discovered several huge boxes. UPS is delivering early this holiday season. I dig those guys!
I hope my menu and recipes help some of you in deciding what to prepare. If that’s not enough, I’ve decided to give away Ina Garten’s newest cookbook Barefoot Contessa Foolproof along with ten juicy vanilla beans to one lucky winner today.
Simply share what you are most looking forward to (or not looking forward to) cooking/eating during the holidays by commenting on this post.
Speaking of winners, I thought I’d post a list of who has won so far in case you’ve missed the little “you’ve won” comments I’ve been posting.
- December 3 – two $25 Gift Cards – Betty and maryktb
- December 6 – Prairie Gypsies gift set – Melann526
- December 15 – Principles of Knitting – Pindy4176
- December 16 – Knit Out Coupon – everyone who posted (it isn’t too late, post a comment to this post by January 15 and you too can receive a special deal)
- December 19 – four holiday project bags – mbkinser, Meli40, Jlbeene83, pharris824
I received a nice email from June Hemmons Hiatt thanking me for our post about her books on December 15. We correspond from time to time, and it was nice to see that she too is reading our blog! She was nice enough to offer to send autographed bookplates.
So Pindy4176, we’ll have one of those coming for you too along. Anyone who purchases one of the copies we have left in stock will receive an autographed bookplate too.
How cool is that?