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Christmas is at our house again this year, which is just the way I like it. I’ll be doing the cooking, which I really don’t mind, because it gives me a chance to show off my culinary skills. I actually do have them, I just don’t get to use them that often. I’ve just managed to finish the Big Christmas Shop today, and when I go and collect TTG from the airport tomorrow, his job will be to choose the alcohol.

This is my menu this year:


Pork and Apricot Pate (I can never remember how to get the French accent on my keyboard), served with melted applewood-smoked cheese on French toast, accompanied by mixed salad and tangy orange sauce.


Tomato and basil soup served with crusty white cobs

    Main Course

Stuffed roasted chicken, seasoned with lemon pepper, accompanied by creamed button sprouts, broccoli and cauliflower, honey-glazed roasted potatoes, my special cheesy mashed potatoes and swede, sausage wrapped in Applewood smoked bacon, and pork, cranberry and apple stuffing.


Baked nutmeg and cinnamon creamed rice pudding, Christmas pudding and custard (a shout out to TTG’s mum for making the Xmas pudding) freshly made raspberry trifle, or lemon cheesecake.

This year’s Xmas entertainment will include a Nintendo Wii tournament, Pictionary challenge, and a Trivial Pursuits competition.

As always, I’m looking forward to spending time with my family. We are all incredibly close, and I can’t think of anywhere I’d rather be on Christmas Day, than spending time with the ones I love the most.

What will you guys be doing?


  • joanne
    December 23
    7:37 pm

    Wow! Can I have dinner at your house?

    I am making a simple fish dinner on Christmas Eve for my daughters amd my brother and his wife. On Christmas Day I am making a traditional American turkey dinner for my daughters and I. Both dinners will include plenty of homemade sweets for dessert. On the Saturday after Christmas, my siblings and all of our families and I are meeting at the home of my brother and his family, 150 miles from mine, to celebrate our extended-family Christmas with tons of food, games, and gifts.

    God Bless Us, Every One!


  • I’m buried in deadline hell this year, and hosting Christmas for my family, just like I did at Thanksgiving.

    So I’m making lasagna, salad and rolls because it’s easy. We did the whole turkey and fixings extravaganza at Thanksgiving but I’m out of time and energy to do it again for Christmas.

    Can I have dinner at your house? Yours sounds so good. *grin*

    Hope you and yours have a very Merry Christmas!

    (reposted from karenscott.wordpress.com by KS)


  • Karen, your menu sounds absolutely delicious! If I bring some homemade ice-cream, can I come, too? 🙂

    We’ll have the family affair on Christmas Eve (which is the day Christmas is celebrated here in Germany) and will have potato salad and sausage. Two years ago, my Dad cooked a somewhat more elaborate menu, my great-aunt complained about how long the whole meal took, and from then on, the evening was sort of ruined. Hence, potato salad and sausage.

    Oh yes, and I’ll provide the homemade icecream (Christmas chocolate, maple walnut, and red berries) for dessert.

    On Christmas Day, my Dad will cook his traditional Christmas dinner, consisting of oven-baked goose, mashed chestnuts (yum!), potato dumplings, and red cabbage.

    When we’re not eating, I’ll have to work on an article I had to hand in weeks ago … *blush* Not to speak of the dratted dissertation and the pile of corrections that still await me (and they’re going to be horrible: it appears that quite a large number of my students – all of them students of British Literature!!! – don’t even know what the capital of Scotland is. Or who might be the patron saint of Ireland. Oh yes, and some of them seem to think that cotton grows on woolly baa-sheep. *head desk*).


    Merry Christmas and a very happy new year to you!

    reposted from karenscott.wordpress.com by KS


  • We’ll eat for 4 days straight.
    ~ Christmas Eve at my MIL’s for Oyster Stew and Crab cakes (I’m bringing Artichoke dip and fruit triffle).
    ~ Christmas morning brunch at my house – sausage / bacon / ham, cheese quiche, various sweetbreads, bagels and lox, coffee bar and mimosa’s.
    ~ Christmas dinner back at my MIL’s. Ham dinner, with a Lasagna backup. (I’m bringing cookies, pies, and booze)
    ~ Day after party at my sisters. I’ll be on the road most of the day, so I’ll just be bringing cookies.
    ~Day after day after party at my sisters, with all the siblings, spouses, grandparents, and kids. Ham and turkey for 30, more sides than there is counter space, and so many desserts we’ll have to keep them in the cars until we clean the kitchen.

    Every year we seem to agree we cook too much. Then the next year, we try to outdo the year before.

    Merry Christmas and / or Happy Holidays to you, and all your loved ones. I hope 2009 is a year of blessings for you all.

    (Reposted from karenscott.wordpress.com by KS)


  • My ex-husband, our two boys and myself have movie marathon on Christmas. This year it’s Alfred Hitchcock. The only menu item set so far is sweet potato pudding.


  • So are you really here?


    Okay, so here’s the run-down. Tomorrow I think we’re going to take cookies to a local nursing home.

    Tomorrow night, it’s off to my mom’s.

    Christmas Day morning, we’re here…and I get to give the kids their ‘big’ surprise which I’m so excited over.

    That afternoon, over to the in-laws for a while, then to my grandma’s, then to my dad’s.

    Man, I’m tired already…


  • Basically, I’ll be trying damn hard not to choke my sister in law. It is Christmas after all.


  • April S.
    December 24
    2:04 am

    Oh boy. Christmas menu so far:

    Main: Honey Ham

    Sides: Butter Peas, Creamed Corn, Dressing, Cranberry Sauce, Squash casserole, Sweet Potato Casserole, Green Bean Casserole, Slaw

    Desserts: Pumpkin Pie, Pecan Pie,Lemon Meringue Pie, Snicker Doodles, Cocoa Snowflakes, and Ginger Bread Cookies.

    I’m hoping its enough for the 20ish people that are coming.


  • West
    December 24
    2:22 am

    Well, since I’ll be surrounded by my family… I’ll be drinking. What? It’s a valid coping mechanism. 🙂

    Oh yeah, and I’ll also be doing all the cooking. Ham, turkey, dressing, roasted garlic mashed potatoes, potato casserole, rolls, pumpkin pie… yeah, and a whole lotta rum.


  • West, send some rum my way. I think I might need it here shortly.


  • I work tomorrow. With luck, I’ll be home by five. I’ll have number 2 son, age 11, supervise the roasting of the turkey in the afternoon, so all I have to do is make latkes.

    (Don’t look at me like that. It’s a family heritage thing. We’re pagan, with Jewish and Catholic ancestry.)

    The kids get to open one present, just as they opened one on the Solstice.

    We’ll fill stockings after they go to bed. If the humidity is right, I’ll make nighty-nights (chocolate chip meringues) and fudge and rice-krispy date balls.

    On Christmas morning, I’ll make a big breakfast, pancakes, eggs, ham. The kids will open presents. My husband will bake the Christmas lasagna. (another weird tradition at Chez Mudd)

    And we’ll spend the rest of the day cleaning out the car and doing laundry and packing, so we can leave at 7 AM to drive 500 miles to my father’s.


  • I want to see a picture of your dinner Karen! Sounds like something you’d see on the cover of Food & Wine.

    We do Christmas Eve at my MIL, she typically makes turkey or ham and the typical sides. We’re bringing fudge my man makes every holiday and these super yummy Ritz/Peanut Butter dipped in chocolate cookies (if anyone actually knows the names for these can they let me know?!)

    Then back home to drop off gifts, pick up more gifts and dog and tromp to the other side of the city to spend the night at my FIL. All of us. There will be a total of 14 ppl sleeping over. *sigh* Bkfast is always Egg Casseroles but this year I’m mixing it up and bought Cinnamon Quick Bread to make.

    We usually do a third day involving my side of the family (sis/bro families) but we’re combining them w/ dinner at my FIL.

    Wishing you and yours a very Happy Christmas!


  • alexaweed
    December 24
    12:24 pm

    Wow Karen! Can I come over? Sounds delicious. Merry Christmas to you and TTG.


  • Partner, may your Christmas be wonderful–and the same for each day of your life!

    Thank you for a wonderful year of blogging!


  • I thought we had no Christmas traditions in our home until my daughter said the best one was that the kids eat candy for breakfast…it’s true. By the time I roust the adults for breakfast, the candy canes and chocs are all gone. The grown-ups get latkes — yes, we try to screw up all the traditional holidays we are a part of.

    The DH is cooking lamb and other Greek delights (no, the one thing he’s not is Greek)for dinner and I’ll be trying to spoon soup down my elderly mother who fell yesterday and is feeling really bad.

    Merry Christmas and a wonderful ’09 to everyone.


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