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Re: What's on your holiday table?
« Reply #15 on: November 19, 2014, 05:30:41 PM »
Roasted carrots with dill

That sounds good!


Spaghetti squash
Pies:  pumpkin, pecan, and cherry


mixed hot vegetables
olive bread
garlic mashed potatoes
assorted cookies and bars  (peanut butter balls are a must!)
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Re: What's on your holiday table?
« Reply #16 on: November 19, 2014, 09:25:03 PM »
So far, it's:

Boneless roast turkey breast
Honeybaked Ham
Mac and Cheese
Green peas
Lime jello with mandarin oranges (I'm the only one who likes it; it was traditional in my family)
Baby gherkin pickles and olives (ditto)
Crescent rolls from a can (DS's favorite part of dinner  ::))
Cranberry sauce
Mashed potatoes with gravy on side
Dutch apple pie

Lather, rinse and repeat a month later  ;D
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Re: What's on your holiday table?
« Reply #17 on: November 20, 2014, 01:11:44 AM »
I spend Christmas at my mother's and we have pretty traditional Finnish Christmas foods:
Ham (my sister loves it, I hate it, fortunately there are enough sides so I won't starve  :P)
Smoked salmon
Gravlax, sometimes some other grav fish
Sometimes pickled herring
Sweetened potato casserole
Rutabaga casserole
Carrot casserole
Rosolli, a sort of salad made of cooked beets, carrots and pickles, served with whipped cream dyed pink with beet juice and flavoured with vinegar
Boiled potatoes, peas, salad

We usually eat that from Christmas Eve to maybe Boxing Day.


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Re: What's on your holiday table?
« Reply #18 on: November 20, 2014, 07:17:18 AM »
Thanksgiving (on Friday at our house):

Cornbread dressing
Mashed potatoes
Sweet potato casserole
Green bean casserole (fresh made -- no cream of mushroom soup or canned onions)
Cranberry sauce (homemade)
Chocolate-bourbon pecan pie
Pumpkin pie
*I may do roasted brussels sprouts this year

Christmas Eve:

Fancy macaroni and cheese (it's a tradition!)
Green salad with almonds and mandarin oranges
Focaccia or rolls

Christmas dinner:

Beef tenderloin with cranberry/balsamic sauce
A potato dish
Fresh green beans almondine
Seven-layer salad
Chocolate-bourbon pecan pie (DS always wants it again after Thanksgiving)
Peppermint stick ice cream from our local dairy

Thanksgiving and Christmas brunch (usually for three):

Egg and sausage casserole
Fresh fruit
Orange juice


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Re: What's on your holiday table?
« Reply #19 on: November 20, 2014, 08:04:45 AM »
Our Thanksgiving menu:

Main dinner:
Turkey (brined) with cornbread and bacon stuffing
Garlic mashed redskin potatoes
Creamed corn (great grandma's recipe)
Green beans almondine
Acorn squash stuffed with wild rice, onions, and carrots
Gougeres (Cheese rolls)
Cranberry-orange relish

Pumpkin pie
Shoofly pie
Coconut macaroons
Pear schnapps

Cheese board and fruit

Baking and prep work start on Tuesday.

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Re: What's on your holiday table?
« Reply #20 on: November 20, 2014, 08:19:41 AM »
It's usually warm to hot here at Christmas, so many years ago my mum stopped cooking hot dinners. We have a room temp turkey breast
Cold Ham
A selection of salads
Followed by plum pudding with cream, berries or ice cream
Possibly a pavlova too

It's a large meal and there are plenty of left overs.

Last year I had the family at my house for Christmas lunch, we sat outside in the shade at long tables. It was about 90F and just divine.



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Re: What's on your holiday table?
« Reply #21 on: November 20, 2014, 08:43:37 AM »
Let's see

Thanksgiving: A turkey, cooked in various ways, depending on who was charged with baking it that year (could be us, IL's or DH's aunt and uncle).  It's always roasted but the recipe might vary. Last year uncle did it with beer and it tasted quite good.

Mashed potatoes from scratch, sweet potatoes (not the casserole unless I make my Tipsy Sweet Potatoes-typical recipe only with whiskey added), stuffing, cranberry sauce, green beans with ham cubes, and rolls with butter and apple butter.  Last year it was my homemade apple butter. :)

DH's uncle likes to make sugar cookies so in addition to the traditional pumpkin pie, we get cookies and MIL will put out bowls of nuts and M&M's.

Christmas: Same, but for the ham.
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Re: What's on your holiday table?
« Reply #22 on: November 20, 2014, 09:49:21 AM »
I like a traditional turkey dinner for Thanksgiving, but since I am Indian and my husband is from Zim, we also serve a lot of non-traditional dishes.  So, for the past few years, this has been a typical Thanksgiving:

Roasted turkey, mashed potatoes, mushroom "gravy", stuffing, various forms of roasted and steamed veggies, and green salad
Beef stew, collard greens, sadza (something similar to polenta)
Rice, cawliflour curry
Pumpkin pie and ice cream

We always have TONS of food.  I love it because even with sending our guests home with leftovers, there is usually enough that we have leftovers for a few days as well.

For Christmas, it's just a special meal, but it's not the same thing every year.  As long as it's yummy and there is a lot and something with beef (for my husband), we're all good!  Last year, we had roast beef and veggies, teriyaki salmon with wild rice, salad, and cupcakes.

Oh, for New Years Eve/ New Years, I'm trying to start a tradition of champagne and appetizers, but so far my husband insists on a real meal.  Although, I don't complain because he will cook whatever he wants for himself.  So generally, there will be some kind of chicken or beef stew with collard greens, rice or sadza, and then whatever appetizers I want for myself.  Once again, tons of food, leftovers for days.
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Re: What's on your holiday table?
« Reply #23 on: November 20, 2014, 12:54:27 PM »
For Christmas it's pretty much always turkey, although I think we had goose one year. The turkey will be roasted and served with roast potatos (usually roasted in goose fat), mashed potato (because why choose between mashed and roasted when you can have both...), roast parsnips, mashed swede & carrot, leeks in cheese sauce, broccoli and one or two other green veg most likely including brussel sprouts, pigs in blankets (cocktail sausages wrapped in bacon and cooked in oven) and gravy made with the turkey giblets.

Dessert is a choice of Christmas pudding and brandy butter or a fruity pavlova or cheesecake or choc dessert for those, like me, who aren't keen on Christmas pud.

Then, several hours later, there's the cheese and port - as everyone in the family is a huge cheese fan, there's usually a groaningly large selection of 10-15 cheeses with crackers, celery, sliced apple, grapes, chutneys etc and port to wash it down with...


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Re: What's on your holiday table?
« Reply #24 on: November 20, 2014, 01:57:32 PM »
Thanksgiving is usually:

Roasted turkey
Sage and onion stuffing (usually cooked separately from the turkey)
Mashed potatoes
Cranberry sauce (usually two kinds - the fancy stuff with whole berries and pecans, and the jellied stuff from the can)
Two-three vegetables (in the past we've had corn, parsnips, asparagus, brussels sprouts)
Waldorf salad
Sometimes some kind of jello salad

Dessert is pie - this year for sure we'll have apple, pecan, and lemon meringue (made by yours truly), and I think my sister is making pumpkin

Christmas varies, but the last few years it's been porkchops stuffed with sage and onion dressing, mashed or riced potatoes, some type of vegetables, often a jello salad. Dessert is usually Christmas cookies.