christmas-dinner-source_8glMy family doesn’t usually go all out.  First, because we don’t have that many people to cook for (8-10, absolute max, and in recent years it hasn’t even been that).  Second, I guess it’s just temperament.  We stick with stuff we know, and stuff we can’t mess up, and leave it there.

Usually, on our menu in some shape or form, is the following:

  • Roast turkey with gravy and a very yummy stuffing composed of bread cubes, pine nuts, mushrooms, and celery (and other stuff, but that’s the core)
  • Yorkshire pudding.  The one day a year that we indulge in a total grease-fest.  One year I decided to make corn muffins instead of Yorkshire pudding (I was in a corn muffin phase), and they went over well.  But it’s not the same.  At all, at all.
  • Corn.  From frozen.  (Yeah, we’re not picky.)
  • My aunt’s fruit salad.  Which is gooooood.
  • A hot vegetable, usually stir-fried bok choi or green beans.

Then multiple portions thereof.

And of course, leftovers – glorious, glorious leftovers – for the next week.  I’m not being sarcastic; I think I like Christmas/Thanksgiving leftovers even more than the Christmas feast itself, because I get all the deliciousness and none of the cooking/cleanup.

What’s on your menu on Sunday?

– Jean AAR

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I live in Seattle, Washington and work as a legal assistant. I remember learning to read (comic strips) at a young age and nowadays try to read about 5-6 books a week. I love to travel, especially to Europe, and enjoy exploring smaller towns off the tourist track though London is my favorite city in the world.