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Dec 29, 2012

THE DINNER THAT CHANGED CHRISTMAS

This year Christmas was different. I was not cooking dinner. My sisters and my friends were not cooking dinner….well not for us anyways…

This year my eldest son cooked Christmas dinner. He came up with a menu, just slightly off of the traditional path that our family dinners have always taken.

He prepped things ahead of time and although he took on quite a menu he had it all ready to go on time without a single  problem.

This is something completely new. He is not a regular cook. He does love good food though and he scoured recipes for things that sounded good that were also doable.

He prepared this meal with a minimum of equipment. He borrowed several items from me such as my toaster over, a slow cooker, immersion blender, platter and a tablecloth. I also would have brought a few other things had I know what else he was missing. (good gift ideas for another time)

Here is our menu:

  • Butternut Squash & Apple Soup
  • Gingerale Glazed Carrots
  • Creamed Corn with Red Peppers and Bacon (made from scratch not canned)
  • Mashed Sweet Potatoes with Chipotles in Adobo Sauce
  • Mashed potatoes with Garlic Cream and Parmesan
  • Cornbread Stuffing
  • Roast Turkey stuffed with Oranges, Lemons, Onions, Rosemary, Sage and Oregano
  • Tourtiere (French Canadian Meat Pie..Traditional Christmas dish)

    Everything was absolutely delicious. I was so impressed. I think he was a bit surprised as to how much work all of this was going to be but he pulled off this dinner for 7

I felt kinda bad leaving him with a huge mess to clean up but his garburator backed up and we couldn’t do the dishes after dinner.

This may be our new family tradition … or not…depending on how long his memory is of all the work he had to do.

10 comments:

Jen @ Muddy Boot Dreams said...

Lori, what a delish menu...he did take on quite the job, and obviously he pulled it off too.

Sounds wonderful, ah there are some recipes that I am going to look up for myself in there. Especially the sweet potatoes.

Jen

Kim@Snug Harbor said...

Wow - very impressive and nicely done!

Sigrun said...

How wonderful! there are definitely things I want to try on that menu. Happy New Year!!

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

Congrats to your son! Sounds like heaven, especially the no dishes part:@) Happy New Year!

Maureen said...

I would jump on that tradition in a heartbeat! Sounds awesome!

A new grocery store just opened in our town and they import tourtiere from Montreal. A little bit of home!

Happy New Year to you and your family.

Diane said...

Wow, impressive. What an excellent menu and bonus that it was presented by you son. A lot of work, he must have a passion for cooking.

Jackie said...

I am impressed beyond words!
Wonderfully blessed you all were!!
Hugs,
Jackie

Peg said...

Wow - wish I was in your family! That menu sounds delicious! My DH would love to tackle some of those.

Ali said...

Congratulations! Sounds like he did one heck of a job. If I were you, I'd make a new tradition of letting someone else do Christmas cooking.

All the best in 2013 Lori.

Ali x

MiMi said...

Oh man...I wish you had pictures!!

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