December 20: What to Cook?

It’s December 20 and I still haven’t figured out what I’m making for Christmas Eve dinner. Perhaps one day I’ll finally get to make the Christmas Day meal, but for now I have to settle for Christmas Eve.
i have been a bit busy! Throwing a construction project into the holiday mix has about sent me over the edge. I spent Friday painting the inside of the front windows so I can at least get the displays put back together. And to top things off, it looks like we’ll be moving on to another major construction project in the middle of the store after the new year.
Make it AheadSo in addition to having no clue what to fix for Christmas Eve dinner I also have more presents to buy and haven’t wrapped a thing! It would be a good year for a blizzard to hit so I could postpone Christmas but it doesn’t look like that is going to happen.
Today I want to know what are you having for Christmas Eve or Day dinner? Today’s prize is a good one – I’m giving away FOUR copies of Ina Garten’s latest cookbook Make It Ahead.


  • karyndm

    20.12.2014 at 03:38 Reply

    This will be the first year in 30 years that I will not be cooking on Christmas (Day or Eve). Since all our family lives elsewhere, we will be traveling on both days. Dallas on Christmas Eve where we will take our youngest son out to dinner and then on our way to Washington DC the next where we will be spending 8 days (helping plan our son’s wedding) and taking our oldest son to dinner. I find that my life is full of changes now and rather than be sad I choose to embrace the changes. Now before this year, I used to make prime rib, potatoes, green beans, creamed corn and for dessert a cheesecake. On the positive side, both my boys said they will miss my prime rib.

    • keely

      21.12.2014 at 08:13 Reply

      Congratulations! You’re the winner. You can pick your cookbook up next time you’re in.

      • karyndm

        21.12.2014 at 17:31 Reply

        Thank you. My recipe collection could use some new material and I sure loved the things you made from her cookbook at our knitting retreat in November. Thanks again!

  • machelle

    20.12.2014 at 08:18 Reply

    I will be cooking ham and scalloped potatoes for the meat lovers in the family. The vegetarian menu consists of vegetable stuffed portobello mushrooms, asparagus, and lentil stew. I will throw a salad together and make my dinner rolls for everyone to share. Dessert will be coconut cream pie and apple pie with vanilla ice cream. Not your traditional Christmas fare, but it works and makes everyone happy.

  • Meli40

    20.12.2014 at 09:50 Reply

    Our Christmas Day night meal is the most memorable. We usually only eat 2 meals Christmas Day. Early Lunch we have ham, scalloped potatoes, green beans and rolls. It is the supper that we enjoy. My parents have a huge fireplace. We always roast hot dogs and have nachos and finger foods. This is the best because the kids are anxious to open presents and we take our time gathering around the fire to cook our meal together. Then once everyone is full and the kids can’t stand it anymore, we open presents. I don’t know if it is the anticipation or what, but this is one of the few times that hot dogs actually taste good.

    • keely

      21.12.2014 at 08:13 Reply

      Congratulations! You’re the winner. You can pick your cookbook up next time you’re in.

      • Meli40

        21.12.2014 at 12:29 Reply

        This is wonderful! My family and I thank you! Maybe I will learn a new recipe that can be added to our family traditions!?! Thank you so very much!

  • Betty

    20.12.2014 at 12:54 Reply

    Christmas afternoon, I’ll putting out some small snacks. My son & daughter & their families will be dropping by between their other obligations so that the 6 granddaughters (& their parents, LOL!) can open their Christmas stockings from us. We’ll be getting together again for a full evening on Saturday after Christmas.
    Anyway, back to Christmas afternoon…….tortilla rolls, vegi tray, fruit tray, anti-pasta tray, cheese tray, fancy crackers, chex-mix, plus a few other oddiments I haven’t yet decided on.

  • cmunholland

    20.12.2014 at 13:10 Reply

    I am still not sure what we are having for Christmas lunch or dinner. Taylor has still been ill and I am exhausted with worry and stress. Going to try to keep in simple.

  • mschoir01

    20.12.2014 at 13:29 Reply

    I hope to get my stepdaughter to make her ‘feast of the fishes’ Christmas Eve. It’s an Italian tradition, and since that is one thing I am not, I am intrigued and happy to hand off the job so that I can attend to all those things that don’t seem to get done in time for Christmas morning…

  • jlbeene83

    20.12.2014 at 13:33 Reply

    We are going to have Brisket and a Porkloin! Yum!

  • rczb

    20.12.2014 at 13:58 Reply

    Our plans for Christmas dinner are pretty traditional. Mom-in-law plans turkey, potatoes, and salad. I plan cranberries (probably salsa…not quite so traditional) and sweet potatoes. For dessert we’ll have pumpkin and pecan pies.

  • stephenia

    20.12.2014 at 14:34 Reply

    For the past 7-8 years I have done italian for Christmas. Lasagne is what we are having this year, salad, garlic bread! I usually also do spaghetti and italian sausages on the side…but we are a small group this year, so just the lasagne.

    • keely

      21.12.2014 at 08:14 Reply

      Congratulations! You’re the winner. You can pick your cookbook up next time you’re in.

  • Carolyne

    20.12.2014 at 16:02 Reply

    Big country breakfast before we open presents, then hors d’ oeuvres and finger food all day long and then off to the movies with the whole family!

  • rjpirrong

    20.12.2014 at 16:19 Reply

    We always make beans and corn bread for Christmas Eve and then ham, green beans, potatoes au gratin, mashed potatoes, rolls, relish tray for Christmas Day! Of course I haven’t been to the grocery store!! Yum Yum!!

  • JudySmith

    20.12.2014 at 16:22 Reply

    Prime rib, scalloped potatoes with gruyere cheese, asparagus with prosciutto, salad and sophisticated bread (garlic bread with cheese). I am thinking of crime puffs for dessert.

    • JudySmith

      20.12.2014 at 16:23 Reply

      Creme puffs not crime puffs. And also a nice bottle of wine.

    • keely

      21.12.2014 at 08:13 Reply

      Congratulations! You’re the winner. You can pick your cookbook up next time you’re in.

  • eknits

    20.12.2014 at 16:35 Reply

    Christmas with my kids is a celebration– their gift of time with me is the most precious gift I could receive. We celebrate the Sunday before Christmas so tomorrow is THE day!! I spend days shopping, prepping, and cooking. The menu rarely changes: prime rib, twice baked potatoes, green bean bundles, and this year pavlova for dessert. Merry Christmas to all…I’ve got to get busy on the appetizers.

  • mkinser

    20.12.2014 at 17:19 Reply

    Plan A is standing rib roast on Christmas Eve because dearest husband will be working on Christmas Day. Plan B is TBD. All I know is I will be having lunch on Christmas Day with mom & the senior gang at her place. No prep, no clean up & I might score tasty leftovers. Last year they had prime rib so there’s a win.

  • mkinser

    20.12.2014 at 17:23 Reply

    After reading all the menus, I want some addresses. lol

  • Yarntramp

    20.12.2014 at 17:44 Reply

    I’m not completely sure. I have to work Christmas Eve then going to Dallas. Chilli maybe or pizza. I know we are being so traditional this year. We have changed our traditions as the family has changed. We may grill some yummy steaks Christmas!

  • Melann526

    20.12.2014 at 18:35 Reply

    We’re doing the traditional Irish Christmas Lasagna (okay, maybe not entirely traditional, but we kept saying that one of these years we were going to do it, so now we’re doing it).
    For Christmas eve we’re doing seafood. Also not really an Irish tradition, but when my aunt divorced her Italian husband, we kept the traditions.

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