Christmas Eve 2016

We enjoy having a few friends over on Christmas Eve. We often use it as an occasion to try out something fancier than our usual Saturday night dinner fare. This year, though, we are both feeling the need for comforting food that was fairly simple for us to put together.

Menu
Baked Brie
Roasted Pear and Spiced Pecan Salad with Apple Cider Vinaigrette
Lamb Pie with Puff Pastry
Farro with Mushrooms and Thyme
Roasted Carrots
Gingerbread
Strawberry Shortcake Pie

Notes under the cut

Christmas Eve 2015

For the past 8 years or so we’ve had a few friends over on Christmas Eve. We cook something little outside our comfort zone, the little one gets to open a present or two and we celebrate as one should, with family. Here’s a few pictures from last night’s menu.

[Christmas Eve 2015]

Menu
Baked Brie using homemade Puff Pastry
Watercress and Endive Salad with Pistachios and Dried Cranberries
Crown Roast of Pork
Wild Rice, Sourdough and Apple Stuffing
Creamy Smashed Potatoes
Roasted Brussels Sprouts
Homemade Fruitcake flamed with brandy. Optional whipped cream.

Notes under the cut

Mom’s 75th Birthday

My mom turned 75 this past week and the extended family gathered to celebrate this weekend with a cookout. It was great to see many of my aunts, uncles and cousins. A big thank you to my sister, brother and sister-in-law and Ted for helping to pull it all together.

Appetizers
Deviled Eggs
Cheese Puffs
Cheese & Crackers
Stuffed Mushrooms
Cocktail Kielbasa

Mains
Hot Dogs
Hamburgers
Veggie Patties
Pasta Salad
Potato Chips
Radish Slaw

Desserts
Boston Cream Pie
Gingersnaps
Banana Bread
Assorted Fruit

Christmas Eve 2014

Every year we have a few friends over on Christmas Eve. We cook something little outside our comfort zone, the little one gets to open a present or two and we celebrate as one should, with family. Here’s the menu from this year.

Menu
Starters – turnip tots, cheese and crackers, grapes,
First course – Cranberry Crunch Salad
Main course – Pork Tenderloin Wellington, Roasted Potatoes, Cinnamon-Braised Carrots
Dessert – Pistachio-Cherry Crumble, Buttermilk Ice Cream, Mixed Nut Brittle

Notes under the cut

Ted’s Birthday Bash 2014

Yesterday, friends and family gathered to celebrate my husband’s birthday. I simplified the menu a bit more this year and relied a bit more than usual on store bought items.

Menu
Appetizers
Chicken Empanadas with Salsa Cream
Veggie Corn Dogs
Deviled Eggs
Onion Dip & Chips
Fritos w/Radish Slaw
Carrots and Cherry Tomatoes
Grapes

Mains
Hamburgers & Hot Dogs
Veggie Burgers
Pasta, Pesto & Peas
Corn, Tomato & Avocado Salad
Baked Beans

Desserts
Blueberry cupcakes
Brown Sugar Cookies w/Chocolate Chunks
Peanut Butter and Jelly Bars
Watermelon Cookies

Notes under the cut