Christmas Eve Menu 2010
For the first time in 10 years I am pleased to announce…
A NEW CHRISTMAS EVE MENU!
I have wanted to change the menu for years, but for fear of disappointing anyone or scaring those afraid of change, we’ve kept it basically the same. This year, however, I have been given permission to try out a new menu. Every year we say we will make less food and have less options, but somehow at the last minute we resort to old ways.
The Christmas Eve menu this year is simple, straightforward, and lovely. No one will have to slave in the kitchen all week prepping, and likewise no one will have to spend that night taking out and then putting away food. If I plan it right, the leftovers will be minimal but the food will be plentiful. It is a lighter but more cohesive version of the past.
It can be difficult cooking in a somewhat foreign kitchen. My dad doesn’t cook much, and much of my mom’s pots and baking pans are mysteriously missing. That means a bit extra planning in my packing this year- my kitchen will be coming with me! It also means keeping my dad away from the Italian delis and nice supermarkets where he tends to buy a lot of a lot that then goes to the uncared-for world of leftovers.
Oh, and this isn’t my first thought at the menu… I’ve had a Word document for weeks, and emails back and forth to auntie and others for days!
I am really excited about this menu, and I hope you are too. Merry Christmas season!
Christmas Eve 2010
Assorted mixed nuts (around the house)
Shrimp Cocktail (ask Auntie to make)
Prosciutto, Mozzarella & Tomato
Cheese & Crackers (ask SIL to make)
Ina Garten’s Spinach Gratin
Stuffed Grape Leaves (made by the cousins & an aunt)
Salad with tomatoes, cucumber, kalamata olives, shredded carrots, lemon oil dressing
Pita & French Bread
1 Pastiche Southern Pecan Tart with vanilla ice cream
1 Pastiche Cranberry Raspberry Tart
1 Pastiche classic Fruit Tart
1 Whole Foods Tiramisu
Large bottles of water, sparkling water, Coke, Sprite, Diet Coke
Order meat from the butcher
Order baked goods
Confirm with auntie and SIL about appetizers
Ask dad to buy the wine and pita
Ask cousin to bring bags of ice
Sunday, December 19th:
Pack- include any kitchen tools needed
Monday, December 20th:
Fly to Rhode Island
Check/buy plates, napkins, plastic cups
Buy large bottled waters, sodas
Market shop for myself for the week.
Tuesday, December 21st:
Set up house (tablecloths, find coffee thing, find electric knife, serving dishes, find ice bucket, etc)
Dinner with my girlfriends
Wednesday, December 22:
Roll grape leaves with the cousins after work
Thursday, December 23:
Make spinach gratin, roasted potatoes, zucchini
Pick up roast
Friday, December 24th:
Dad or bro pick up Pastiche desserts
Pick up Whole Foods bread & tiramisu
Lunch with Lynne & E, who just got engaged!!!
1-1/2 hours before guests arrive:
Put in roast
1/2 hour before guests arrive:
Make tray of prosciutto, mozzarella, tomatoes
1 stick unsalted butter
4 large onions
1/2 cup flour (ask auntie)
2 cups heavy cream
4 cups milk
9 10-oz packages spinach
2 cups parmigiano
1 cup gruyere
small colorful potatoes
Shopping from Federal Hill:
1.5 lbs prosciutto
6 balls mozzarella
roast (two 4 lb tenderloins)
Plates, silverware?, funky napkins?
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