Christmas Menu

Due to popular demand, I’m sharing our menu for Christmas Day. We don’t have any particular traditional foods that we always serve for Christmas. Each year is different (up to the creative mind of yours truly). I know the experts (ha!) say not to use the holidays as a time to try new recipes, and yet I always seem to. Here’s what I came up with for this year.


Cheese and Oven Dried Tomato Strata

  • I’m leaving out the ham (surprise surprise). Not sure if I’m making the entire size – 12 eggs seems excessive, and I don’t know if you want breakfast leftovers since there will undoubtedly be leftovers from our larger meal.

Christmas Dunch: (Late Lunch / Early Dinner)

Spiral Sliced Ham

Mom’s Sweet Potato Casserole

Stuffin’ Muffins

Brussels Sprouts – KERF style :)

Sister Schubert’s Yeast Rolls

Mixed Green Salad with Pecans, Feta, and Pomegranate – modified from this base recipe



Choosing a Holiday Menu

Greetings readers!

This Monday has been a pretty low-key day. I started off this morning with a nice 4 mile walk with Sheff. I was definitely overdressed, as it quickly warmed up after about mile 1, but we made it back with no problems.

I also edited some Christmas photos with Google’s new editing tool Picnik. It’s amazing!!! It’s similar to Picasa, but with more features, and the whole program is online. I really enjoyed using it. I sent a few prints off to Walgreens and picked them up this afternoon.

While at Walgreens, Jenna decided she wanted to be brave and get the H1N1 shot, being a high-risk college student with asthma and all. Well… after waiting 45 minutes – she finally was seen by the pharmacist who gave her a very painful injection. She’s spent the rest of the afternoon moping around the house, in a make-shift sling. Poor girl. She tried to take tylenol, but has difficulty swallowing pills – so they ended up projecting across the room from the back of her throat. I tried to be sympathetic, but it’s kinda funny.

While she was waiting to be seen at Walgreens, I spent some time researching in the vitamins/supplements aisle. It’s truly amazing how many vitamin/mineral products are now on the market. Chewable vitamins must have been the last big thing… now we have:

  • Multivitamin packets that you pour in your water bottle?? Seems like a nice thing (especially for those plagued with pill-swallowing-inability like my dear sister), except they’re really expensive. Two doses were 99 cents. No thanks.
  • Centrum One-A-Day for Teens (his and her varieties). I was curious to see what they pumped up for teenagers – looks like it’s more vitamin C and all the B vitamins. Not really sure why that’s necessary, but a marketing ploy I’m sure.
  • Phytosterols being shoved in as many supplements as they can to lower cholesterol.
  • Flintstones. The beloved chewable multivitamins of our youth. I’ve had some patients taking them, and I had no idea that there were more than one kind! How ignorant of me. There are Flintstones with Iron, Flintstones Complete (adult formula), Flintstones Gummies, Flintstones with Immune or Bone Building Support. whew.

So now that my sister is paralyzed from the H1N1 vaccine, we’ve had to postpone our annual gingerbread house building adventure. I guess we can put that on tomorrow’s list.

Meanwhile… I’m trying to plan the menu for our Christmas Eve Movie & Munchies night (it’s our tradition to watch a movie and eat appetizers on Christmas Eve), as well as the menu for Christmas Day. Yes, probably a little behind, but it’s OK. I’ll get it done :)

T-2 days til Turkey Day!

Hope some of you appreciated my alliteration efforts for that title. Even as a vegetarian, I still refer to Thanksgiving as Turkey Day. This year will be my second turkey-free Thanksgiving, but I’m pretty sure I won’t be missing out on anything! In fact, 2008 saw the conversion of my mother to a meatless diet, so I won’t be so heavily outnumbered at the dining room table. This also means we’ve downsized from a whole turkey to just a breast for the few meat eaters left. Who knows, maybe in a few years’ time my whole family will have seen the light!? Yeah…. probably not. My dad has been losing weight this year without my mom cooking him meat every night, so I don’t think he’d ever go vegetarian on his own (he is not someone who NEEDS to lose weight!).

As the family’s RD2B and food nazi, I planned the menu and will do a lot of the cooking I’m sure. The main switch that I have forced since going vegetarian was to stop using chicken broth and switch to vegetable broth. I doubt anyone can tell the difference, but it amazes me how immediately my taste buds are alerted if I taste chicken broth now. It’s pretty scary. Like the other day in the hospital cafeteria, I had green beans for lunch, and as soon as they went into my mouth I knew they’d been cooked with bacon/ham….. bad idea.

So, here’s the menu for Thanksgiving this year:

  • Turkey Breast (for the others)
  • Vegetarian Entree: brown/wild rice pilaf with dried cranberries, walnuts, portabello mushrooms and the holy trinity of carrots/onions/celery. A new recipe for this year.
  • Stuffing – my personal favorite for Thanksgiving. If I was stranded on a desert island in November, this would be my #1 food choice. I have been known to eat cold slabs of leftover stuffing as a snack (or meal), and even to make “stuffing sandwiches”. And yes, I realize that is essential bread inside bread, but it’s darn good :)
  • Campbell’s classic Green Bean Casserole. I won’t comment on this, it’s not my idea.
  • My Mom’s Sweet Potato Casserole
  • Mashed Potatoes – this will be the first year I’m not making my usual potato dish with cheddar, sour cream and scallions. We’re just going with plain ole taters this year.
  • Corn Bread Pudding – a recipe my grandma wants to try out this year
  • Jell-O Salad: also not my idea, but my mom is excited about it. She saw it on Paula Deen’s show a few months ago. That could quite possibly be why I’m not excited about it.
  • Bread rolls – of course!
  • Dessert: My sister is making a pumpkin spice cake with cream cheese frosting, and I’m bringing a chocolate chess pie from Nashville

So as you can see, we’re not ones for tradition. Other than stuffing and sweet potatoes (and I suppose turkey), we change up the menu every year and try new recipes.

This is the first significant break that we’ve had thus far in the dietetic internship, and I know that all 16 of us are really read for some time off! We had our seminar presentations for the past 2 days and are also glad to have that over and done with! No more researching and talking about acute pancreatitis anymore :)

I hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving and enjoy spending time with friends and family!