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It’s here! Time for the second day of the 5 Day Preparing for the Holiday Themed Blog Hop with the Schoolhouse Review Crew…
Today’s focus is on holiday cooking, something that always gets done (as we have to eat), but often feels like a last minute thought for me.
Both when we lived in Ohio and now here in Alaska, we have two Thanksgiving meals. On Thanksgiving proper, we’ve gone to another house bringing our assigned dish(es) to share. (You can see an overly warm toddler enjoying his dinner on dad’s lap from last year below.)
The beauty of that arrangement for me is more time to focus on visiting with friends or family members and less on the cooking aspect. But, as hubby loves his leftovers, we usually cook our own traditional meal over the weekend.
What will you find on the table at our house?
Turkey (of course!)
stuffing (homemade with either store bought or homemade bread for the base)
mashed potatoes (made with a potato ricer for a really fine texture)
gravy (usually homemade with the giblets)
sweet potatoes (plain baked ones for us)
cranberry sauce (canned and homemade)
Croissant rolls (I’ll admit to Pillsbury being my supplier!)
pumpkin pie (with freshly whipped cream on top)
D really enjoyed a turkey leg last year at our ‘second’ Thanksgiving meal.
My mother’s family is Italian and they have a long standing tradition of fish for dinner on Christmas Eve. Growing up, we didn’t have that observance. However, hubby and I enjoyed the Italian Christmas Eve dinner we shared at my Nana’s house the year before our wedding so much that we’ve started doing some kind of fish for our Christmas Eve dinner. Last year was baked salmon as we had plenty in the freezer from dip netting. As we didn’t get any new salmon this past summer, I’m not sure what we’ll do this year. All but one boy adores shrimp, so I might do my healthier version of shrimp scampi for the main course.
As we have typically gone to Mass on Christmas Day, the morning is a bit low key for food. We’ve done homemade cinnamon rolls some years or just more of a brunch (pancakes and eggs.) Mr. O’s family had the tradition of chocolate Pop Tarts which he wanted to do with our family. So, some years we’ve given the boys Pop Tarts at breakfast time. (Personally, I’d rather make the super high calorie sausage casserole my mom made when I was growing up than to eat a Pop Tart.)
Christmas Day’s main meal is typically a beef roast with potatoes, homemade bread or croissant rolls, at least one vegetable and a dessert. I haven’t really considered this year’s meal. What I would like to do is have the boys become more of a part of the preparation. And, I do plan to set a pretty table with my china and crystal like last year.
Of course, the entire holiday season has plenty of opportunities for special meals and treats.
We always make pumpkin chocolate chip muffins during this season.
Pizzelles are another favorite holiday cookie for us.
Mexican Wedding Cakes/ Russian Tea Cakes are a cookie that are a particular favorite as well. Some day, I hope to find the recording of P demonstrating how to make these cookies that was made to show a ‘talent’ for his 2nd grade class. (They loved that he brought the cookies to share after watching the short video.)
What are you cooking in your house for the holidays?