Category Archives: Christmas Dinner

Always I have loved Christmas. The joy of watching others open gifts. I preplan which gift should be opened first, second, etc. I find that the right order heightens a child’s. I try to have at least one thing for each person to open, even guests so they participate in the fun. Gifts range from a jar of homemade jellly or cookies to a beautiful red Christmas robe for grandma. I cook and serve a formal dinner buffet on Christmas Eve for my family. This is my gift from my heart to them. The tables have been decorated, the china and glassware is all used, and we sit down to enjoy our family.

Usually before dessert, we retire to the living room in front of a roaring fire and everyone crowds in to find a spot. The younger children gather near the tree on the floor. An older child is assigned the task of playing Santa, handing out the christmas gifts – finding the name tag, and distributing to the proper person. As soon as a few of the presents are distributed the unwrapping begins. It has been called chaotic, it does seem like the living room talking and chatting becomes noisy with laughter and “Thank Yous, kisses are blow across the room, and the next present is attacked. It doesn’t take long and the gift craze is over. With five children, two of which have children, and usually a couple of in-laws, and grandparents joining in, the air is filled with happiness. At this time, I usually ask someone to make coffee, and remind them of the pie and goodies on the sidebar.

It works. We started this tradition from the beginning because the two oldest children needed to be with their mother on Christmas Day. And now, with families of their own, they leave our home and ready their home for their morning celebration. This tradition works for us.
At times, we may save our personal gifts to open in the morning, and then we have the day to relax and enjoy.

Each year Dennis always asks me, “Are you sure you want to go through all that trouble?” I think of it as my gift to myself, and at the end of the day when we are hugging each person as they leave, I think to myself – “I love Christmas!”

Veggie Wellington – Mushrooms, Spinach, Roasted Butternut Squash

This has great eye appeal and it tastes great. Basically, you cook each of the ingredients independently and cool, then assemble and bake. Serves 8-10 1 sheet of Puff Pastry – Keep frozen until all your ingredients are cooked. 1 … Continue reading

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Abby’s Posole – Pork and Hominy Stew

Christmas Eve, family and friends get together to have dinner and exchange a few love notes and gifts. Abby made Posole for the buffet table.  Even though she was a bit late, the stew is completely gone since everyone wanted to take some home.  Excellent.  … Continue reading

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Table Decorations – Christmas

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German Hot Potato Salad

My mother-in-law’s favorite “Company’s coming dinner” was German Hot Potato Salad and Roast Beef served with a green side salad.  Jacque loved bacon probably since it was rationed or hard to come by during World War II.  When she died at … Continue reading

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Roast Beef – Beef Tenderloin, Sirloin, Ribeye, or New York Strip

I love prime rib, but you can easily use sirloin.  I remember reading in one of my cookbooks, if you want to cook better, start out by buying better quality food.   That holds true for a wonderful roast.  So, … Continue reading

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Tamale Bites! Feel the love.

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Southern Style Lemon Meringue Pie – My Dad’s favorite!

Depending upon how tart you like your lemon pie to be, choose the appropriate lemons. Meyers Lemons are sweeter as they are hybrid lemon mixed with a mandarine orange.  Whereas the standard lemon is much tarter – which I like!  … Continue reading

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Chocolate Pecan Pie

Well, we are planning for Christmas Eve dinner and this pie is on the menu.  If you don’t have something chocolately, most will feel something is missing. So, this is going to be our Chocolate fix.  So exciting!  4 eggs, lightly beaten 1 … Continue reading

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Green Bean Casserole a la Matthew

1 pound of bacons fried crisp and crumbled or cut into 1/4 inch pieces. 4 cans regular green beans or steam fresh green beans until tender.  2 cups mushrooms sauted in butter 3/4 cup parmesan grated cheese 1/4 cup cheddar grated … Continue reading

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Oven Roasted Sweet Potatoes or Butternut Squash or Beets

My daughter needed a pot luck item for a Thankgiving dinner tonight with about 19 friends.  She loves sweet potatoes, peeled and cubed them, roasted in a 400 degree oven on a cookie sheet.  I find that about 3 sweet … Continue reading

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