Tuesday, December 18, 2012

The Week Before Christmas

My family has great parties at Christmas.
This is it, the countdown of the seven days before Christmas. There are only so many things that we can do within that time period. I have made my Christmas Eve menu and our Christmas Day menu but I still need to shop for some of the groceries. I want to get as much of the baking done ahead of time so that everything is not so hectic on Christmas Eve. Since I don't really enjoy sweets too much, my choice of cookies this year is almond meringues and peanut butter cookies and I would really like to have a decadent chocolate torte as well as maybe a cheesecake. With a big bowl of whipped cream to top off the sweets, no one will be hungry! And no, I did not forget to make the eggnog so it has time to ripen by Christmas.

For savory dishes on Christmas Eve, I want a spread of things like spicy Chesapeake shrimp, clams casino, artichoke dip, fresh bread, mushrooms stuffed with crab and cheese, green been salad, deviled eggs, marinated cheeses and plenty of green vegetables so that everything is basically finger food. The showoff dish will be a pile of sausages served with a variety of mustards.

If that doesn't make you hungry, you must be already full! You want to know what we are serving for Christmas? I should probably just serve pea soup! How much can you eat within a 24 hour period, anyhow? Christmas dinner for our family is also the birthday of our oldest son so we eat a more traditional menu of roast beef with a pepper sauce, roasted potatoes, Brussel sprouts, pickled beets and a Caesar salad. Wash it all down with a good red Cabernet and we won't need dessert for hours.

I have my list of chores that I would like to get done, some painting, some cleaning, a couple more gifts to get, and then I will be done... Except for the post party cleanup! So that's my summary of my week ahead. Of course, nothing will go as planned, but that's okay.

Happy Holidays!