Archive for December 20th, 2011

PRSSMy dream is to some day host Christmas dinner for the family.  However, since moving so far north (to New Hampshire) it is hard to get everyone up here for Christmas with all the competing events and things the family has going one.  So I will settle for Thanksgiving.

However, the good news is that this year I will be continuing the recent tradition of my preparing Christmas dinner for my parents and their lifelong friends Don and Sylvia, who are very much like an uncle and aunt to me.

I will be making the dinner at the home of my parents.  I like to prepare a menu that includes traditional Christmas dinner elements, but is just a little different and relatively healthy for the restricted diets of some of the participants. 

My menu is below and is mostly simple things of my own creation.  However, I found a great recipe in Country Living magazine for Pumpkin-Ricotta Stuffed Shells, which I am going to try.

I will let you know have it turns out.

Christmas Dinner 2011


  • Tomato soup (Made from tomatoes preserved from my garden)
    Garnished with shaved parmesan and mint
  • Salad of fresh greens with a light raspberry vinaigrette


  • Pan-seared turkey loin with figs and cranberries
  • Pumpkin-Ricotta Stuffed Shells
  • Garlic and Herb Mashed potatoes
  • Steamed Asparagus with Lemon
  • Traditional Butternut squash
  • Fresh-baked rolls

Assorted desserts and surprises!


Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire.


A guitar shaped cast iron skillet from Lodge Cast Iron.


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