(with apologies to our vegetarian friends)
Before the turkey had time to cool on our Thanksgiving table, we were already discussing what to have for Christmas dinner.
Holiday meals are pretty much the same in my family. We start out with snacks and drinks. For family affairs, this ritual cannot begin without pink dip and potato chips. (The dip is very easy: 8 ounces of cream cheese, ketchup, mayo, two tablespoons fresh grated onion, and two tablespoons of milk or cream. I can't give you the exact amount of ketchup and mayo -- the actual recipe has been lost to time. I just keep adding until it feels right. Mix. Chill. Enjoy!) We also have cheese and crackers. This year I'm contemplating a hot dip to go along with the goodies . . . then again, if we fill up on junk, will we have room for what will be a far too big dinner?
For dinner, we seem to have the same veggies year after year: Brussels sprouts, rutabaga, roasted potatoes, creamed onions, and a recent addition, butternut squash. (My brother makes it and it's fantastic. Odd fact: he will not eat it. Go figure!)
Here's what was discussed for the entree.
Bookplate Special. Oh, I feel like Pavlov's dog just at the thought of that wonderful spiral sliced ham dinner.
Of course, no prime rib is worth eating if you haven't made Yorkshire pudding. Oh, I love it, especially if the oven and fat is hot enough ant it puffs up all golden and crispy. Sometimes it does and sometimes it doesn't. I'll eat it both ways.
Okay, this is not a hardship on my part because I get the leftovers (again) and I love to make turkey pie, turkey soup, turkey salad, sliced turkey sandwiches, and even turkey curry. (There'll be a recipe for that in the upcoming Booktown Mystery #5--Sentenced to Death.)
So, what will be on YOUR Christmas dinner plate next Saturday?