Holiday Eats

A little bit late on this. We did have a great holiday break, though almost glad to get back into our normal routines! We had an eve of Christmas Eve celebration with my family. Traditional pierogi dinner was served with sautéed mushrooms. I made a batch of something new this year. I can’t stand mushrooms, but this recipe for garlic butter roasted mushrooms looked like it would be delicious (for the mushroom eaters anyway).

Christmas Eve was spent down the street with friends enjoying some delicious seafood and homemade meatballs and ravioli. The in-laws joined us. Lucky we were close to home since there was plenty of snow falling.
Christmas morning was a beautifully white one! Too bad I was feeling to gross to go out and snap some photos. I woke up a bit under the weather. Thought maybe it was too much holiday cheer the previous two nights, but turns out it was the flu. My husband made a leek and sausage breakfast casserole for Christmas morning. It looked delicious but never did eat any. After a few more hours in bed I did manage to make Christmas dinner but only ate a few bites. Was a bit disappointed to not dig into the garlic potatoes, one of my favorites.
Garlic Potatoes
8 C. potatoes, cooked and diced
6 T. butter
7 T. flour
5 C. half and half1 C. sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
4 cloves garlic, diced
2 t. salt
pepper to taste
2 T. parsley, chopped
  1. Melt butter in a stock pot. Add flour, stir and cook about 2 minutes.d
  2. Pour in half and half. Bring to boil stirring often.
  3. Reduce heat and continue stirring until sauce thickens (should coat spoon).
  4. Stir in cheese, garlic, salt and pepper.
  5. Pour mixture over potatoes in a casserole dish. Best to let sit overnight in fridge.
  6. Cook in a 375 degree oven for about an hour.
  7. Let sit 10 minutes, top with chopped parsley.
The flu left me feeling lousy for a few days, gave me lots of time to read and catch up on crappy TV. Once better I managed to make a huge dent in the chaos in our basement. I swear I just cleaned out a crap load of stuff, where did all this new stuff come from. I am down to just a few boxes to go through. I even tackled my closet and dresser drawers. Total purge, felt like a good way to head into the new year. As a reward we enjoyed a lobster with sweet potato fennel slaw sandwich from the ‘wichcraft cookbook I got for my birthday. The slaw was great, even more delicious the next day with an egg on top. We are certainly getting a lot of use out of that cookbook.
We had a small New Year’s Eve celebration with my sister/brother-in-law and our good friends and their families. We had a few appetizers, a favorite of the evening was the bread with goat cheese and bacon jam. We made another sandwich from the ‘wichcraft cookbook, they were delicious. Red wine-braised flank steak with roasted peppers, onions, and Gruyere, what a great way to cook up the beef. One of the funnies moments of the weekend was finding the foil covered plate in the fridge that had contained the leftovers sandwiches. But on further inspection I discovered all that was on the plate was a strand of meat and some onion. Too funny, no one fessed up on what actually happened to the last of the sandwiches. We had cheese fondue too, never fails to please. I fondly remember having this ass a kid. With the price of the damn cheese I totally understand why it was only once a year. We had a special toast to my uncle that passed away on the 30th, and a toast for my aunt and cousins.
New Year’s Day was a lazy day of football and big pot of turkey and white bean chili, I threw in some black eyed peas for a bit of luck in 2011!


  1. Biz says:

    It all looks wonderful Jacky! Sorry to hear about your Uncle.

    I may have some pictures in my basement of your sister Jody from field hockey days – that is one of my projects this year is to get my photos in some sort of order – I have pictures of high school, next to my daughters freshman year prom – so sad! I'll let you know what I find and I'd be happy to send them to you for her.

    How is she? And say hi to Teri too! Have a great weekend Jacky!

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