It's that time of year when things get fancy, isn't it? Rack of lamb....pretty rice pilafs with fruit and nuts...glistening poached pears in a reduced balsamic....
....um...yeah...not at our house.
We eat fairly simple meals, even at the holidays. That's not to say that I won't make a few treats (I made baklava last week!), but I really want to spend Christmas loving on my family. So, with that in mind, here is our dinner menu for the week:
M - taco salads, fresh pineapple
T - ham steak, spicy apple chutney, mashed potatoes, carrots & cabbage, sliced apples
W - spaghetti w/marinara & Parmesan, steamed broccoli, sliced oranges
R - appetizers and treats! This has become a Christmas tradition of sorts for us. I take requests and I make ahead where I can. We don't do a formal sit-down meal. We are up very (very!) early, so I will make a simple breakfast whenever we are ready. After that, all bets are off for meals - we simply snack throughout the day. Believe me, no one goes hungry! This year's treats include homemade eggrolls and sauces, a couple of homemade (mini) cheese balls and crackers, sliced Muenster, buffalo chicken dip, a veggie tray, savory onion tart squares, jalapeno poppers with jalapeno-peach drizzle, sliced apples and caramel dip, sliced oranges and three kinds of cookies. Mercy. Because there are just three of us, I only put out a little bit of each thing. It's kind of fun!
F - We are likely going out for lunch. Supper will be assorted leftovers.
S - homemade biscuits w/homemade sausage gravy (I made the sausage too!), hash browns, eggs to order, green beans, sliced oranges
S - Asian style turkey lettuce wraps, fresh pineapple
What about you? Are you making special family favorites? Traveling to see family or friends? What is your plan for this week?