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Old 12-21-2020, 04:59 AM
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If your family celebrates Christmas, what will be served for dinner this year? My family always loves to go nontraditional. I'm still not sure about what I want to make this year.


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Old 12-21-2020, 05:04 AM
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My mom is making brisket and weíre bringing macaroni & cheese and a pie. I think sheís making pinto beans, and Iím not sure what else. It will only be my parents and my family.
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Old 12-21-2020, 05:24 AM
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We're going nontraditional too with homemade Chinese food. I've looked up recipes and hope it turns out well. My grandson has suggested that we make it a tradition to try a different type of meal each year.
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Old 12-21-2020, 05:43 AM
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We always have vegetable soup and chili for Christmas! It's nice to have something different than the traditional foods... And, it's a lot less work, too! Dump everything into a crockpot and go on with your day!
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Old 12-21-2020, 05:54 AM
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I am definitely an adventuresome cook and I get a lot of compliments from my wonderful fam. However....over the years they have given me the following message...dont mess with Thanksgiving or Christmas. They love all of traditions of the holidays and look forward to them with vigor. As a result the menu is Prime rib, mashed potatoes/gravy, fresh fruit salad, pesto green beans and apple pie ala mode for dessert. I can hardly wait for my favorite holiday of the year!



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Old 12-21-2020, 06:14 AM
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It will be ham loaf and mashed potatoes so definitely more traditional
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Old 12-21-2020, 06:23 AM
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Traditional for my family:

Ham
Roasted potatoes
Green beans
Baked apples
Rolls

And some cranberry sauce! I know that isn't traditionally served with ham but my boys and I love it so I always serve it at Christmas.

Frozen peppermint "cheesecake" for dessert.
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Old 12-21-2020, 06:33 AM
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Christmas Eve we always have Mexican food and grilled meats, but since itís just us weíre not going to grill.

On Christmas Day we always eat leftovers, but Iím adding a turkey breast roast and mashed potatoes.
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Old 12-21-2020, 06:38 AM
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Our plans got dashed due to Covid.

DH and I will still make Fondue since we've already bought the cheese. Told SIL I'd bake the traditional cake and leave it on the porch along with their gifts.
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Old 12-21-2020, 07:14 AM
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I am making dinner on Christmas eve:

Pork tenderloin
Roasted root veggies
Arugula, fennel, and apple salad
Purple sauerkraut sauteed with apples and onions
Cranberry jelly
Apple cranberry crisp with vanilla ice cream


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Old 12-21-2020, 07:16 AM
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Iím going to attempt a prime rib this year. Itíll be an adventure, but hopefully not an expensive disaster.
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Old 12-21-2020, 07:30 AM
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New tradition this year, first without mom. So, Christmas Eve lunch will be ham, scalloped potatoes, macaroni and cheese, roasted vegetables, Ceasar salad, lemon cake. Leftovers for dinner if anyone eats. Christmas brunch will be leftover ham, fritatta, fruit salad and my mother's and grandmother's kuchen.
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Old 12-21-2020, 07:46 AM
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Itís only DH, DD and me for Christmas Eve but they still want a standing rib roast, roasted potatoes and brussel sprouts. Leftovers for Christmas since itís only us. Then when DS, DDIL and DGD come on Saturday Iím making lasagne. I can prep it before and just throw it in the oven with garlic bread and a salad.
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Old 12-21-2020, 07:52 AM
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Pizza For Christmas Eve
Fondue for Christmas

It will just be my immediate family (5)

We have 3 fondue pots for three courses of fondue. We have been doing this since the kids were in grade school ( now in their 30s) for special occasions. It is a great way to slow down and spend time together.
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Old 12-21-2020, 07:52 AM
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Traditional at this house, but I think it will be served the day before Christmas this year.... going along with all the "different" things we've encounter throughout the year!

Seriously, I just want more of a relaxing Christmas Day this year, not one where I will be in the kitchen most of the day.
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Old 12-21-2020, 09:00 AM
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Loaded mashed potatoes
Caramelized onions and green beans
Prime rib with chimichurri
Green salad from the garden
Salted caramel truffles
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Old 12-21-2020, 09:19 AM
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I bought the MasterClass subscription thing, and they sent out an email highlighting classes on pepper steak, mashed potatoes, apple pie, and Negroni cocktails from various chef & mixology classes.

Itís just me and DH, so I think Iíll try these recipes.
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Old 12-21-2020, 09:33 AM
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More than likely what I said here...Brio Italian Grill:

http://www.proteacher.net/discussion...d.php?t=644724


I can get at least $60 worth of food there for 1/2 the price due to their current promo.
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Old 12-21-2020, 09:55 AM
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We ordered three mini platters of finger sandwiches from The Fresh Market. We will have chips and I will be making a hot Swiss almond dip from a Rachel Ray recipe to go with a fresh veggie tray. Of course, we will have several types of desserts. I saw a reindeer cake in a picture from a bakery in the town I taught in and hoped they could make it for me without the mint buttercream, just plain chocolate. They were not doing special orders, so I found a local bakery in a nearby town to do it. Hopefully, it will be worth the price. This year has been so sad and stressful, we just wanted simplicity so no big elaborate dinner this year for us. Merry Christmas!
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Old 12-21-2020, 10:08 AM
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Traditional for us is roast turkey, oatmeal stuffing, mashed potatoes, a lake of gravy, brussels sprouts, baked carrots, steamed beans. Even though it's just the two of us, I'm still going to make it but I'll make small amounts. I've ordered a turkey leg which will give us lovely leftovers and use smaller amounts of everything else. If nothing else, Covid has taught me to cook fancy meals for two.

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My grandson has suggested that we make it a tradition to try a different type of meal each year.
I love this idea! I'd suggest it to Man but, being the traditionalist that he is, he would sigh heavily which means no.
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Old 12-21-2020, 10:35 AM
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It's DH and I. We're having duck, wild rice, steamed veggie TBD, and pumpkin pie for dessert. I'm a month or two in to going low-gluten and will be attempting my first pie crust made with gluten-free flour.
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Old 12-21-2020, 10:49 AM
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a hot Swiss almond dip from a Rachel Ray recipe to go with a fresh veggie tray.
This sounds delicious! I'm going to Google, but tell me: is it easy to make?
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Old 12-21-2020, 11:18 AM
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Meat pie Christmas Eve. I’ll drop some off to my sons during the day that they can reheat. I’ll drop it off with some apple crisp (my mom’s recipe that they love).
Christmas Day we will have whatever son#1 drops off. It will be a surprise as he said he has no idea what his SO is cooking.
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Old 12-21-2020, 12:21 PM
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We will be alone. Iíll serve chicken, corn bread stuffing, red potatoes, butternut squash and cranberry sauce. Oh, and carrots! Unfortunately, not having our big party this year because of COVID. Iím fine for us to be by ourselves.
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Old 12-21-2020, 12:21 PM
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Ham, sweet potatoes, and green beans. I will have homemade rolls as well and some sort of dessert (Perhaps a lava cake in the instant pot). I hope to have it on the 24th and then a relaxing Christmas. Depends on DH work schedule.
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Old 12-21-2020, 12:58 PM
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Christmas Eve.will be crab cakes with roasted potatoes and vegetables.
Christmas day will be appetizers to eat whenever. It will just be 3 this year.
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Old 12-21-2020, 01:39 PM
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Lasagne
Italian sausage and meatballs
Garlic bread
Tossed green salad w/Balsamic dressing
Home baked cookies for dessert
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Old 12-21-2020, 01:50 PM
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I had chicken a la king for Christmas Eve dinner for nearly 40 years. It's the one time a year we ate it. I have no idea how that became a tradition in my family.

About 10 years ago my parents decided they didn't want chicken a la king anymore. So my family went to appetizers and that's it. Everyone brings their favorites and we graze all night long. My mom usually gets some ham and rolls too, so if you want to make a sandwich you can.
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Old 12-21-2020, 02:20 PM
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Probably ribeye steak for DH, lobster for me. Loaded baked potatoes (skinny taste recipe), salad and some sort of dessert. To drink we have lots of options besides the typical- Tom &Jerryís, eggnog, homemade Baileyís or Cherry Bounce.

Geez... I sound like a heavy drinker
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Old 12-21-2020, 03:01 PM
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Just the three of us this year. So we are treating ourselves. Prime rib with all the fixings. Mashed potatoes. Yorkshire pudding. Ginger glazed carrots.

I bought a traditional Christmas pudding for dessert.
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Old 12-21-2020, 04:31 PM
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There are just three of us this year, so we're having a nontraditional meal:
lasagna
green beans
garlic bread
brownies
wine.
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Old 12-21-2020, 05:33 PM
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Christmas Eve- Tapas and Champagne- starting at about 4. I have about 8-10 different tapas. Yep: too much, but, we'll have lots of leftovers.

Christmas Day: surf and turf, twice baked potato, bacon wrapped green beans and glazed carrots. Again-- too much.

We will be alone for the first time EVER! So, we are having fancy food!
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Old 12-21-2020, 08:06 PM
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Everyone's meals sound wonderful! Thank you for sharing. Enjoy!
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Old 12-22-2020, 08:03 PM
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We're doing appetizers on Christmas Eve- I went a bit crazy at Trader Joes. Brie bites, bacon wrapped scallops, parmesan pastry pups, vegetable bird nests, corn cones, soft pretzels. We'll decorate gingerbread houses and sugar cookies. My daughter bought peppermint schnapps to go in our cocoa.

Christmas Day menu is prime rib with au jus, twice baked potatoes, coconut sweet potatoes, broccoli rice casserole, Mac and cheese, green bean casserole, creamy greens, roasted Brussel sprouts, rolls, and a fruit plate with my 1 year old grandson's favorites. Cookies, candy, and rum cake for dessert.
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