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Subject: Christmas Meals
Date Posted: 12/11/2013 8:44 AM ET
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I do my traditional baked egg breakfast, the kind where you make it up the night before and let it soak overnight in the fridge.  I put onion, sausage and cheese in mine.  Sometimes I use bacon instead.  I think this year I'll so a smaller one so I can make cinnamon popovers too.

We used to do the turkey thing for Christmas dinner, but the last couple of years have switched to prime rib since it is now just two of us.  It is expensive, but it is once a year so I go for it.  Usually I can find a small two-rib roast so it doesn't break the bank.  I like not having turkey again so soon after Thanksgiving.  So, prime rib, mashed potatoes, and asparagus for our meal this year.  Might do a shrimp cocktail for an appetizer. 

What will you have?

Date Posted: 12/11/2013 9:01 AM ET
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Growing up, our Christmas dinner always featured a beautiful crown roast of pork big enough to feed 12 even though we were usually only 6 people.  Plus, of course, all the trimmings and diet trappings one could fit on the table: mashed potatoes, gravy, creamed onions (which the parents loved but the kids detested), green beans, bisquits, olive tray, celery and carrots tray, etc., on and on and on.  And at least 2 pies and a ton of assorted cookies and candy.  So delicious!!!  And such fond childhood memories!

Now that we see a crown roast of pork costs upwards of $70, they are few and far between.  These days it usually a nice baked ham with a ton of sides.

Barb S. (okbye) - ,
Date Posted: 12/11/2013 7:31 PM ET
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Not sure. My sister is taking her family to Disneyland for the holiday leaving my mom home alone. My brother's wife always cooks Christmas dinner so that's where any remainiung family will be but there's a bit of a rift between them and my mom so she probably won't have dinner over there so chances are I'll have to spend it with her. Not sure what dinner will be if it's just the two of us. I'm so sodium restricted and she's diabetic, not a situation conducive to very traditional menu items

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Date Posted: 12/12/2013 1:16 PM ET
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We are likely to do the prime rib/standing rib, especially since it's so easy. And any beef leftovers are easy to deal with too; we almost always gett a bigger one just for that.

In years past, I've done a goose, which is really good for 2-3 people (there's not as much meat there as you might hthink! definitely NOT like a turkey), very tasty and is fun for a change, but there is more prep and care involved.

I LOVE those crowned pork roasts, but they are pricey, and I'm reluctant to experiment on a busy day, with a meat that's so expensive. But ti's so festive and special!



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Date Posted: 12/12/2013 7:59 PM ET
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I like to make beef and barley soup out of the rib bones and last bits of meat.

Goose!  Great idea, haven't cooked one in years.  Maybe I'll do that for New Year's Day.

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Date Posted: 12/13/2013 8:53 AM ET
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I've always wanted to try a goose, you can never find them around here.

Date Posted: 12/14/2013 9:37 AM ET
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The only place I can find them here is in the frozen section with the turkeys.    One of my favorite food writers, David Leite, did a hilarious piece on cooking a goose - The Goose of Christmas Past.  I still laugh when I read it, and I have read it dozens of times.  Enjoy!

Date Posted: 12/16/2013 8:50 AM ET
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My grocery always has just a very few geese(?) at Christmas, in the frozen section, with the turkeys, as said, so you have to let it thaw.

And do not make the mistake I once did and ask a lot of people to dine on one goose!

There REALLY is NOT enough meat on there for more than 2-3 people. There is lots and lots of bone, and fat----which is fabulous for cooking potatos in.



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