Seems as if I have been cooking for a crowd...even though it's just the two of us...although I've prepped and cooked for three days and accomplished three holiday meals, it didn't seem too crazy, since the dishes were all fairly simple, except for a new one I tried for the first time...
not hard...just a few different steps.
For our Christmas Day dinner, which I served sometime early evening, I had decided on a ham, homemade mashed potatoes and a Brussels sprout dish my niece Maria in Ohio shared...my great-niece (her daughter) Ashley, had found it a couple of years ago, and it has become a favorite of theirs at Thanksgiving.
I used sprigs of thyme, rosemary and bay / laurel leaves, fresh from the garden...instead of olive oil, I used avocado oil and since I couldn't find Fontina cheese, I grated some Manchego cheese I had on hand...the peeled, whole roasted chestnuts I ordered on-line, but since have found our local KTA carries a brand on their shelves. Next time I make this dish, I will try to find Fontina and will buy the chestnuts from a local supplier. Not sure how much difference the use of the Manchego made, but we liked it!
Couldn't resist taking a snap of the Brussels sprouts after their first cooking - in the boiling, salted water. Looked pretty in my little red colander...so Christmasy!
Looks messy, but it tasted very good...my son had two helpings...I consider that a winner!
Baked ham, homemade mashed potatoes (we like the skin mashed in too!) and the Brussels Sprouts with Chestnuts and Manchego.
I didn't make a dessert since we still have a couple of boxes of the Spanish turron, we have a tin of cookies (gift from a friend) and a gift box of Ohio Buckeyes (peanut butter and chocolate bonbons)
We have so much food in the fridge...from Christmas Eve and last night leftovers! Maybe it means a few days of no kitchen duty...Maybe...but now I have a nice ham bone to make a big pot of bean soup between now and the New Year!
I hope everyone of you had a wonderful Christmas, celebrated with family, friends and lots of good food...Merry Christmas to All...and to all, a very Happy New Year!