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    Posted: 14 December 2017 at 04:06
Just wondering how everyone is doing in their holiday preparations. So far , we have completed the pork pies and have them in the freezer (except the one we had for dinner last night).

We'll be doing our traditional open house on Christmas day, beginning with bloody Marys. I'm cutting the menu back just a bit this year, as we are only expecting a dozen or so guests.

Christmas Day Open House

Monday, December 25th 2017

08:00-17:00

Beverages:

Bloody Mary Cocktails

Appetizers:

Shrimp Cocktail

Cheese Platter

Pickle and Olive Tray

Marinated mushrooms

Deviled eggs

Smoked Mixed Nuts


Buffet Items:

Baked Ham with Cumberland Sauce

Pork Pie with Picalilli

Boston Baked Beans

Potato Salad

Sweet Peas

Dinner Rolls


Dessert:

Chocolate Cream Pie

Assorted Christmas Cookies

Assorted chocolates

So what is everyone else planning and how far along are you?

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Good Lord, Dave. I'm still digesting Thanksgiving. Haven't given Christmas a thought.

It'll be just the two of us, so I'll probably do something simple---like, maybe, two tickets to Rhode Island.   
But we hae meat and we can eat
And sae the Lord be thanket
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That looks incredible, Dave - I wish I could be there.

For us, just ham, with the traditional trimmings. Chex mix will also be involved, I am sure.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote pitrow Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 14 December 2017 at 11:12
Guess I better figger it out soon... week and a half left and I still have no idea what I'm doing.
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My mom just had her hip replaced, so my sisters and I are planning to bring more food than usual. Provided anyone's willing to eat my cooking...
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Sounds great.
In the midst of a 2 month home reno. Everything we own is still in storage in the basement.

But to appease upset family members that we can't host xmas this year my wife somehow agreed that we would host a Eggs Benny boxing day brunch for 25 people.

Panicked I made 3 whole loins of back bacon yesterday and tomorrow will try to find the kitchen table and bring it up to my truly empty kitchen.

I do not know how on earth I am going to put the house back together in time.

Maybe schnapps will help
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Originally posted by Percebes Percebes wrote:

Sounds great.
In the midst of a 2 month home reno. Everything we own is still in storage in the basement.

But to appease upset family members that we can't host xmas this year my wife somehow agreed that we would host a Eggs Benny boxing day brunch for 25 people.

Panicked I made 3 whole loins of back bacon yesterday and tomorrow will try to find the kitchen table and bring it up to my truly empty kitchen.

I do not know how on earth I am going to put the house back together in time.

Maybe schnapps will help
My thoughts are with you my friend.....that's a lot of hollandaise!
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Here's the thing: You hand each of them a plate of eggs and a paintbrush (or whatever)

Fair is fair, after all.
But we hae meat and we can eat
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Picked up 8 dozen eggs and 5 lbs of butter today:)

Brook I will pass your paintbrush idea on to my wife.
Funny how none of them accepted my repeated pleas for assistance in October and November but to the last, they can all seem to make it over on Boxing Day for Eggs Benedict and Prosecco.

I will be drinking my favorite Xmas Libation-Caribou-which by the way goes awesome with Peppernuts
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I was Christmas cooking from 2:30-9:30 yesterday, with a half-hour break. I made:

Christmas puffs, filled with red + green bell peppers, cream cheese, onion, and bacon.

A spinach-artichoke rice dish that could probably use less sour cream and more rice. (Tastes good, but it's like eating dip.)

Creamed onions. (If nothing else, I've learned that I can make a cream gravy/white sauce/bechamel that I really like.)

Not bad considering that I used to just bring a box of crackers and some cheese. I'll still bring some cheese. My mom already has crackers. :)
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Started  baking yesterday. Orange rolls from a tube (eesh) for breakfast, apple muffins for immediate consumption, focaccia for dinner with a big pot of red beans and rice, started a biga for a loaf for today, and oatmeal/raisin cookies because they stay moist for family dinner tomorrow. Got that loaf going first thing this AM, will do Italian beef in crockpot for dinner tonight, sandwiched around football game we'll bake cookies (snickerdoodles and chocolate crinkles for sure), cranberry nut bread because my FIL has to have it, and finish off the day with prep for Grandma Weber's cranberry/nut/grape salad. Tomorrow morning we'll make jalepeno poppers and then Trace will leave me for her family Christmas. I'll be "Home Alone" since I have a nasty cold that could be threatening to BIL Craig who has severe health issues. That means I can probably do some more baking tomorrow!

An aside: I have noticed (Does anyone else concur?) that baking cookies with butter gives a crunchier, crisper product while baking with margarine turns out a moister, longer lasting treat.

Merrrrry Christmas!
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People liked everything I brought! And my brother-in-law roasted a duck!
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Roast Ham with Cumberland Sauce .. This sounds amazing ..   Great menú .. 

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