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It’s Beginning to Look A Lot Like Christmas

Well, really, Christmas is over.  Happy New Year!  We really did celebrate practically 12 days of Christmas – with 12 houseguests, attended 3 parties, hosted another 3 parties, and had another 4 houseguests.

In 7 days we went through the following:

  • 24 pounds of prime rib
  • 24 croissants and Danish
  • 24 spanakopita
  • 20 bottles of wine
  • 18 slices of Canadian bacon
  • 16 cups of flour (I didn’t have time to bake cookies)
  • 9 English muffins
  • 9 loaves of bread
  • 8 pounds of ham
  • 6 dozen eggs
  • 4 pounds of sausage
  • 4 cups of arborio rice
  • 4 cups of oatmeal
  • 3 pounds of butter
  • 2 quarts of heavy cream
  • 2 quarts of chicken broth
  • 2 pounds of asparagus
  • 2 pounds of linguine
  • 2 pounds of shrimp
  • 2 pounds of ground turkey
  • 2 cups of cocoa
  • 1.5 boxes of clementines
  • 1 quart of plain yogurt

…and 1…pound of peas!

I have to owe my sister a lot of the credit for the cooking, as I caught a cold from the other sister after Christmas and was rather incapacitated for our niece’s 1st birthday party.

The menus (what we made)

Christmas Eve:

Creme brulee with vanilla sugar (we brought to hubby’s uncle’s house, while my sister entertained 10 people back in our townhouse with sausage and peppers, and meatballs)

Christmas Day:

Brunch – Eggs Benedict, fruit salad, local pastries, homemade cinnamon rolls

Dinner – Rosemary prime rib with horseradish sauce, red wine risotto (Giada de Laurentis), salad with pistachios and clementines, glazed carrots, molten chocolate cake with strawberries

Niece’s 1st Birthday/Family Christmas:

Ham & cheddar pretzels, thinly sliced prime rib, glazed ham, shrimp and pea pasta salad…and oh yes, we served a Costco chocolate mousse cake.  Yes we did.

Pictures: Molten chocolate cake, 30% of the giant roast (which I expected to be 15-18 pounds and they gave me 24), perfect prime rib with rosemary, eggs Benedict (my Hollandaise was terrible – or rather, the recipe was), homemade ham & cheddar pretzels

What I learned

  • You can poach eggs ahead of time and keep them in ice water – reheat in simmering water for 30 seconds before serving
  • It’s worth the extra money ($1.70 per lb) to get a rib roast from the local butcher versus Costco
  • Anticipate you will be gifted with lots of wine and cookies over the holidays if you are hosting so you don’t necessarily need to provide your own
  • Catching a cold will slow you down – back up reinforcements are necessary!
  • If you insist in homemade everything, make things that can be frozen and reheated (i.e. pretzels were baked and then frozen couple of weeks early, cinnamon roll dough and icing were frozen unbaked and later thawed)
  • It’s ok if you mix fine china with paper napkins…really
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