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Holiday food

I'm struggling to figure out what I should feed everyone for Xmas. I'll have my parents here on Xmas eve. Parents plus G on Xmas and then G's parents and grandparents (plus everyone else on the day after Xmas).

I think I've decided on ham and potatoes and a veg for the day after. But still struggling with the day of (and will probably do takeout on xmas eve).

Can't decide if I should do a big breakfast and then snack through the day. But I know everyone is going to want dinner (I'm thinking soup in the crock). But if I am going to do dinner than maybe I will just do a small breakfast.

All this is a long winded way of asking what you holiday eating traditions are!

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Xmas eve we go to my Uncles house.. I am off the hook
Xmas morning we do "Jimmy Dean Breakfast" pancakes, sausage,eggs, mimosas
Dinner varies each year.. this year we decided to do crab cakes and NY steaks (not my 1st choice)
dessert varies too.

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At my grandads he used to do a fish fry. We would have catfish, french fries, cole slaw, potato salad, beans, cornbread, all sorts of stuff.

We are hardly at one place for the entire time, so I feel for you trying to come up for three meals.

At home we just eat leftovers two or three times.

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christmas meal is my SIL's thing.........

i'm making desserts.....i know fudge will be one of them.....not sure what else......

but i'm quite sure my SIL will do a garlic roast beef......some sort of cheesy potatoes side, a huge salad, fresh bread.......LOL......it's pretty much her specialty!!!!!

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Well, this year I'm hosting a bunch of it:

Christmas Eve lunch: broccoli and apple soup, cheese buns and fruit
Christmas Eve dinner (potluck): Candycane buns, mixed baked goods, broccoli with dried cherries and garlic
Christmas Morning: Candycane buns, fruit salad
Christmas Lunch: buns, cold cuts, lentil soup, cut veggies
Christmas Dinner: at my MILs (whew!)
Boxing Day Breakfast: muffins, fruit, cheese, yogurt
Boxing Day Lunch: torellini salad, greek salad, toast, cheeses
Boxing Day Dinner: turkey, stuffing, roasted brussel sprouts/parsnips, 3 potato casserole, green beans, cheesecake (cherry or chocolate I haven't decided); pie (apple, peach or mixed, I haven't decided).

To say I have some shopping/prep to do on Friday is putting it mildly!

Nicole

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When it's our turn to host DH's family we do prime rib. This is our year. So, for Christmas Eve dinner I'm making prime rib, roasted asparagus and fresh mushrooms, some sort of potatoes, bread and salad. But because SIL doesn't eat red meat and this is our first year hosting with her in the family I'm making a smaller prime rib and then also making chicken cordon bleu with a white wine sauce and rice pilaf. I found the recipe on All Recipes. Oh and I'm also heating up frozen sweet corn since MIL or DH won't eat asparagus.

The year DH and I got married I started the tradition to do a big ice cream sundae bar for dessert. We have vanilla ice cream with a plethora of toppings, Fudge, caramel, cherries, redi whip, nuts, variety of candy topping, strawberries....it's delish. It is a bit of work to get the candy all chopped up but it's worth it. It's fun to go all out with it once a year and I think the family has come to look forward to it - which makes me happy. Smile LOL!

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Christmas Eve is meatless....mushroom soup start, crab cakes, pierogis, green beans, fried bread.
Christmas day is ham, scalloped potatoes, corn fritters, broccoli casserole, candied carrots.
We do have a bigger breakfast Christmas morning, pancakes, sausage, grits....usually end up eating the main meal around 1:30 and dinner is just open the fridge and get what you want lol.

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  • Christmas Eve DAY (home) - cook and eat goodies all day
  • Christmas Eve Night (my grandma's house) - pot luck - Turkey/Dressing/Ham and a gazillion casseroles/salads/breads/desserts!
  • Christmas Morning (ILs house) - every breakfast food you can imagine - bacon, sausage, grits, eggs, waffles, fruit, "breakfast casserole," etc...
  • Christmas Lunch (My parents' house) - Same as Christmas Eve Night :roll:
  • Christmas Night (Brandon's grandma's house) - Save as Christmas Eve and Christmas Night :roll: :roll:
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We're doing fondue for Christmas eve and the big traditional dinner on Christmas day.

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These are some great ideas! I am hosting my family for Christmas Eve dinner. I will be making this ham:

http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/alton-brown/city-ham-recipe/index.html

Absolutely the best ham ever! And it is a lot easier than it looks!

I will also make mac and cheese, mashed potatoes, broccoli, mushroom stuffing and a few other things that I can't think of at the moment. Oh.. and lots of Wine Smile

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We make and host a Ukranian/Polish Christmas Eve: borscht, cabbage rolls, mushroom sauce, white fish, perogies, and fried onions.

We also make and host Christmas dinner, which is a mix of Finnish and English traditions with a North American turkey thrown in: ham, rutabaga casserole, brussels sprouts, turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce, gravy, carrots and roast potatoes.

Breakfast on Christmas is usually pancakes. Somewhere around the holidays we also make tourtiere (I make the filling, DH is in charge of the crust). All through the holidays we make and serve cookies, with my dad being in charge of the gingerbread most years.

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My IL's always do Christmas Eve and have lutefisk (:puke2:) plus whatever the rest of us want! This year I think we'll be doing Sushi for the non-lutefisk adults and mac & cheese or something for the kids.

Xmas Day will be at our place with ham, corn casserole, potatoes/gravy, pie, etc. I picked up one of those countertop roasters a few years back and LOVE it! It's SO easy to do a turkey or ham! Biggrin

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Oooo Shannon I'm bookmarking that ham, I think that's what I'll try this year! Normally I just use a mash of brown sugar to coat it, but this sounds way better, TFS!

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"Jumarse" wrote:

Oooo Shannon I'm bookmarking that ham, I think that's what I'll try this year! Normally I just use a mash of brown sugar to coat it, but this sounds way better, TFS!

Speaking of that ham.. I usually use Jack Daniels in a spray bottle, but is Jack Daniels technically bourbon? I have no idea.. I am a beer and wine girl! lol

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JD is Whisky...

hmmm I loving the idea of fondue.. fun! are you doing cheese and a chocolate fondue?

I love ham.. hmmmm ham hmmmmmmmm Smile

WTF is lukefisk? *shudder*

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Lutefisk (from Wikipedia): It is made from aged stockfish(air-dried whitefish) or dried/salted whitefish (klippfisk) and lye (lut). It is gelatinous in texture, and has an extremely strong, pungent odor. Its name literally means "lye fish."

They boil it and it makes the entire house smell like rotting flesh. Mmmmm... :puke2: When it sits on the plate it wiggles like jello. *shudder* is right!

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holy Fcuk that looks like one of the WORST foods ever.. OMG you poor thing! Don't they know you have a heightened sense of smell?!

for real I would not go...

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barf to the lukefish or whatever the he!! it's called

we do breakfast at il's on xmas morning and while we're are there we slow cook a whole ham in the electric roaster......then open house at our house xmas evening.....ham, steve's gourmet mac and cheese and haven't decided what else!!!!