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Geophile  (Level: 157.4 - Posts: 1510)
Wed, 19th Dec '07 2:41 PM


We hold a brunch for family and neighbors late Christmas morning. I always make ambrosia, eggs benedict, waffles, chicken crepes, scrambled eggs, homemade preserves, and a buche de noel that I must get busy with now. I don't celebrate Christmas in the traditional sense, but I do sing in several churches during the season so I get into the spirit too. Do many of you have roast turkey, ham, roast beef, or are you vegetarian? My son-in-law is a hunter and they are having moose roast. What is your favorite side item? I could just eat ambrosia until I smothered to death in the whipped cream, which isn't a bad way to go if you think about it!

Eesusbejesus  (Level: 75.0 - Posts: 3645)
Wed, 19th Dec '07 2:47 PM

Christmas eve is the only time we are alone, as a family. I always try to make something fun & special. A lot of times, I get fresh seafood and we have a seafood feast. My kids eat seafood like candy so they are thrilled. I also bought a gihugic prime rib but we will probably have that later. A great place to get seafood is Nothing like live lobsters delivered to your door.

Christmas mid-afternoon, after we have effectively destroyed the house, we travel to Scott's parents' house (about 40 miles away) and do it all over again. They usually have prime rib as well.

Eesusbejesus  (Level: 75.0 - Posts: 3645)
Wed, 19th Dec '07 2:51 PM

Oh I forgot one thing we ALWAYS have at Christmas. Popcorn cake made with popped corn, marshmallows, gum drops, nuts, redhots, etc. Its just not Christmas without a popcorn cake.

Bushyfox  (Level: 174.4 - Posts: 2403)
Wed, 19th Dec '07 2:59 PM

Christmas lunch in Australia.........

Christmas lunch is often salad, prawns, oysters, crayfish, smoked salmon, cold chicken, pork and ham....crusty bread rolls, fresh fruits such as watermelon, honeydew melon, cherries, strawberries and mango.
The men usually have icy beers, and the women have wine, or chilled cocktails or mixed drinks with spirits.
For dessert we will have plum pudding with ice cream or cold custard. Perhaps we may have pavlova ( or cheesecake instead.

Often there is a fruitcake and candies.

Merry Christmas too you all!


Kaufman  (Level: 254.3 - Posts: 3936)
Wed, 19th Dec '07 3:14 PM

Ok, I don't, but I have blood relatives who do ...

Pepperdoc  (Level: 152.5 - Posts: 4286)
Wed, 19th Dec '07 3:24 PM

At first I thought, how sad...

Should have known better - very funny.

Tuzilla  (Level: 131.3 - Posts: 3769)
Wed, 19th Dec '07 9:32 PM

My Cajun Spice Injected Turkey was such a hit at Thanksgiving it has been given an encore performance call for Christmas.

My 6 Spice Pumpkin Pie is mandatory.

My Apple Cole Slaw

Mom's Corn Casserole

Kathy's Ambrosiaesque Salad

Lotsa ordinary things

Actually my wife does make 3-4 Chinese dishes for Christmas and other holidays. Bean Sprout Salad, Stir Fried Green Beans, Cucumber Salad & Fried batter Dipped Sweet Potato Slices are all possiblities.

Phitzy1  (Level: 66.4 - Posts: 873)
Wed, 19th Dec '07 9:35 PM

I always make a bread pudding (croissants for the bread) for something of a Christmas morning brunch...The fam does Champagne and Bloodys, steamed shrimp, the obligatory cheese ball and other goodness...much later there's a low country boil...mmmm Christmas.

Osuzannacollage  (Level: 132.1 - Posts: 1299)
Wed, 19th Dec '07 10:15 PM

Our most definitive Christmas dinner consists of turkey, ham, tofuturkey (my sister is a vegan most years), green beans, mashed potatoes, gravy, cornbread dressing, sweet potato casserole, yellow squash casserole (must be made with sour cream), a horrid frozen grapefruit salad that nobody actually eats but appears every year anyway, steamed asparagus with hollandaise, homemade rolls, pumpkin pie, pecan pie and freshly churned vanilla ice cream to top them.

Of course, we all gain five pounds as we gorge ourselves -- then maintain a robust scale increase for days afterward. The leftovers really are the best part the next day.


Geophile  (Level: 157.4 - Posts: 1510)
Wed, 19th Dec '07 10:32 PM

Thanks, Lodi for the inside tip on the lobsters. Gotta check it out.

Eesusbejesus  (Level: 75.0 - Posts: 3645)
Wed, 19th Dec '07 11:28 PM

Steve - would she be able to share the stir fried green bean recipe? We have a Chinese restaurant that makes them and they seem to have little chunks of garlic cooked onto them. They are the best. I tried to make it once. It was bad.

Geophile  (Level: 157.4 - Posts: 1510)
Wed, 19th Dec '07 11:36 PM

Thanks for sharing Christmas in Australia, Bev. It seems odd that it is in the summertime but... what a choice of foods! How about you guys across the pond? What's going on there for Christmas?

Eesusbejesus  (Level: 75.0 - Posts: 3645)
Wed, 19th Dec '07 11:47 PM

Keep the live lobster delivery on the down-low. I already got Tex hooked on cheese. I'm sure he doesn't need another vice.

Suzer22  (Level: 165.6 - Posts: 1982)
Thu, 20th Dec '07 12:10 AM

Steve - I would like to know more about these Fried batter Dipped Sweet Potato Slices - sounds like a very yummy alternative to the sweet potato and marshmallow casserole my mom always made (which I do not care for at all!)

Pafork  (Level: 132.0 - Posts: 537)
Thu, 20th Dec '07 3:25 AM

On Christmas Eve we make eggrolls and stick pineapple, cheese & linguica chunks onto toothpicks - which in turn get stuck into this fabulous 1950s wooden pineapple. Those are our 2 traditional must-haves. We also have deviled eggs, sweet pork, chow mein, octopus, olives, all kinds of cheeses & crackers, chips & dips...lotss of little things that we just graze on for hours.
(You can kinda see the melding of midwest mom & Hawaiian dad in the food there...)
And then there's fudge & lots of cookies. Christmas day we'd lounge around reading our books or playing with our toys and eating leftovers.

These days we spend Christmas day with Andy's family. They have a more traditional Turkey & roast potatoes type dinner, and then his mom is English so there's trifle and flaming Christmas pudding for dessert. (And cracker crowns and the chicken dance...)

Can't wait!

Surreyman  (Level: 257.4 - Posts: 2766)
Thu, 20th Dec '07 4:22 AM

I think we're reasonably typical for England.

Pub on Christmas Eve.

Midnight carol service at the church.

Followed by open house at our home in the early hours for friends & neighbours for hot mince pies & port.

Christmas lunch is the major meal, so little breakfast.
Visitors in & out during the morning for quick drinks & chats.

Lunch is:

Various wines throughout, of course!

Orange/grapefruit slices starter.

Turkey, ham & orange slices, sausages & bacon, roast potatoes, roast parsnips, Brussels sprouts, runner beans, carrots & peas, mushroom/peppers stuffing, sage & onion stuffing, bread sauce.

Christmas pudding & brandy butter, cream etc. (brandy poured over pudding & lit at table before eating).

Cheeses, port, then coffee, chocolates & brandy, then whatever drinks after.

Then try to stand to attention and salute while watching the Queen's Speech on TV!

Bigbird  (Level: 236.5 - Posts: 3300)
Thu, 20th Dec '07 6:36 AM

I was actually trying to make reservations this year - I am tired - but I don't think anyone is open. Except the Glatt Kosher restaurants, and that doesn't seem proper somehow.

So, I think it may be back to the now traditional lasagne, or the butternut squash lasagne with chicken marsala. That should satisfy the veggie daughter and the chicken-eating son-in-law. That didn't come out right, but that is about all he will eat. What a pain.


Geophile  (Level: 157.4 - Posts: 1510)
Fri, 21st Dec '07 12:12 AM

I love Surreyman's and Bushy Fox's celebration of Christmas. Maybe I'll head over.. or down next year!

Osuzannacollage  (Level: 132.1 - Posts: 1299)
Fri, 21st Dec '07 3:00 AM

Forgot to mention that for some reason we always have a bowl of olives on the table.


Surreyman  (Level: 257.4 - Posts: 2766)
Fri, 21st Dec '07 3:42 AM

Leave it until next year, Geo and you'll be too late. Only 4 days to go! D'you have a map?

Yep Susan, we do too. Luverly big black juicy ones that we get in our 'French Market' in the town square, direct from the growers. Didn't mention that 'cos it's not 'typical' here.
I also drink gallons of Dutch jenever (we visit Holland early December most years for friends' 'early' Christmas that they have on St. Nicholas's Day). Not typical here, either.

Come to think of it, maybe we're not very typical!

Sherilynn1962  (Level: 116.2 - Posts: 372)
Fri, 21st Dec '07 6:14 PM

What are runner beans?

We're a lonely lot at Christmas. No relatives close by. I cook like crazy anyway - it's the way I was raised. We avoid meat a lot, but will have a prime rib this year, along with the traditional sides - potatoes, veggies, salad, vegetable tray, apple pie for dessert. I always keep a Tofurkey around just in case someone from my church decides to show up (most of them eat no meat at all).

I miss my family.


Nelly  (Level: 169.8 - Posts: 1167)
Fri, 21st Dec '07 6:30 PM

This may help Sheri - I find runner beans give the best crop for the least effort and space. Pick them young, cook, slice and eat with a little butter on top. Mmmm! Shop bought just aren't the same.

Greyghost  (Level: 68.4 - Posts: 640)
Fri, 21st Dec '07 6:54 PM

You guys are so fortunate,i dont know what a XMAS dinner is anymore,but however,Merry Christmas to all my Sploofus Buds,The Editors and haha,thought i forgot,to J and his family,tc all,gb,stay safe.

Sherilynn1962  (Level: 116.2 - Posts: 372)
Sat, 22nd Dec '07 1:14 PM


Thanks for the site - I'll check it out.


You don't know what Christmas dinner is anymore? Please come over for Christmas dinner! I miss having a lot of people together for Christmas dinner. I may have to resort to driving around and finding a few people living on the streets (which I have been known to do in the past............)

Off to church - Happy Holidays, everybody!


Sheri Ras.

Smaug  (Level: 140.7 - Posts: 2772)
Sat, 22nd Dec '07 6:51 PM

What is on Your Christmas Dinner Table?

Probably a check. At least Xmas eve. Out for a nice meal.

Xmas day we go to my guido in-laws. Turkey and lasagna and ziti. My curse for being a sucker for dark eyes.

Missgeorge  (Level: 63.0 - Posts: 388)
Sat, 22nd Dec '07 8:47 PM

Mr. Tuzilla, sir, if you have not already done so, could you please write a quiz with your six spice pumpkin pie recipie?

As for a Christmas meal for me and my husband, we are going to have General Tso's Chicken.

I won't be cooking the chicken myself because my husband and I are stressed from having to move right before Christmas. The General Tso Chicken will come from the food court at the Atlanta airport on my way home from work -- it is five stars, and our cats love it too.

Eesusbejesus  (Level: 75.0 - Posts: 3645)
Sat, 22nd Dec '07 8:51 PM

Its official. I hit the seafood vendor and Christmas Eve will be steamer clams, giant tiger shrimp, escolar, pasta, garlic bread, and some good beer.

Stone  (Level: 35.0 - Posts: 259)
Sat, 22nd Dec '07 9:53 PM

I'm baking a turkey, making steamed rice and turkey gravy, and tamale meatballs for my nephews and niece. Then, Gussie and I are going out for Chinese buffet!

Chickfbref1  (Level: 120.7 - Posts: 2012)
Sat, 22nd Dec '07 10:39 PM

I resisted postin on this thread, cause just the thought made me think of how much more prep work I have to do.

Turkey, ham, mashed tatoes, sweet tatoes, stuffing, corn bread casserole, special beenies (like a german bean with vinegar and bacon), baked brie, apple pie, carrot cake, cranbabies (both kinds), pumpkin pie and cookies.

So tired writing this list..gonna go to McDonald's to avoid it!!

JK...Merry Christmas all.


Osuzannacollage  (Level: 132.1 - Posts: 1299)
Sat, 22nd Dec '07 10:57 PM

Stone, I'm intrigued -- what are tamale meatballs?

Thank you!


Eesusbejesus  (Level: 75.0 - Posts: 3645)
Sun, 23rd Dec '07 12:24 AM

What she said.

Stone  (Level: 35.0 - Posts: 259)
Sun, 23rd Dec '07 4:52 AM

My mother used to make dozens of tamales to give as gifts at Christmas. I had to help roll the tamales in the papers every year. I'm older, tired and my hands hurt. It's a lot easier to make cocktail size meatballs. They are less messy to eat as well. Instead of rolling the tamale in corn meal, I put a small amount in the meat mixture. I kid myself that this reduces a lot of calories! It will be my first time making the recipe in about 10 years. I hope I remember it. (My mom consulted a lawyer once. She asked how much? He said a batch of tamales!)

When my mom's dementia started, she quit cooking. One time, she made bread pudding for the first time in months. I was really excited until I took a bite. She had forgotten the cinnamon and sugar! What a laugh we had! Hopefully, I won't forget the ingredients!

Maggie7556  (Level: 215.6 - Posts: 268)
Sun, 23rd Dec '07 3:12 PM

Jiffy Pop

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