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Made my list and checked it twice

I’ve made my list, checked it twice, and I’m almost certain I’ve the menu for my Christmas Day dinner all planned out–and as usual it’s an ambitious menu that I want to pull off, and I’m certain I will be scrambling to the last minute to complete as my family’s walking in the door.

I know, I know, it’s only the first day of December and many of you may be asking yourself why I’m planning my menu 24 days in advance. It’s a pretty simple answer too, I get seriously excited about planning the menu I’ll be serving my family on the most wonderful day of the year.

And this year, I’m going to stick with my staple entrees of roast turkey with lobster stuffing.(If I may add my voice to the debate about whether the bird should be stuffed or unstuffed, I vote for stuffed, because there’s just something special about the stuffing that comes out of that bird and is made super good with all those turkey juices. And believe you me, my family will actually fight for it).

I’ve also planned to do a ham glazed with Dijon pineapple sauce, a recipe I discovered early on in my marriage and which is a hit.(Don’t you just love it when recipes become tradition in your family). Candied yams(gotta have it), macaroni and cheese, garlic roasted asparagus, steamed carrots, fried plantain(my husband’s just gotta have them), and mesclun greens with some fruit, nuts, pear slices and a yummy cheese thrown in for good measure, and the entree is all set. Pretty simple and standard fare.

Where I’m really going to shine this year is in the appetizers and soup department.

As the family arrives, they’re definitely going to need nibbles and noshes, so I’ve planned to make five different appetizers–wild mushroom toasts; shrimp salad with pickled shallots(which I’ve made before and which has been an absolute hit); chicken liver pate with toast points; shrimp in dill butter(now this I’m actually looking forward to doing because it sounds absolutely sinful)and portobello mushrooms stuffed with spinach and goat cheese. Only the most wonderful bites for wonderful people of course.

In the soup department, I’m going away from the norm this year, and looking forward to doing a carrot and fennel soup that I recently discovered which made my tastebuds tingle just reading the recipe and a crab and pumpkin soup that is tried and tested, but which I will be making for the first time.

And of course, no meal, especially a Christmas Day meal would be complete without dessert–I’ve settled on my special pound cake, a fresh fruit cheesecake, a guava cheesecake and a chocolate raspberry layer cake–a little something for everyone.

As you can see, I’ve made my list, checked it twice even three times already and today is only the first day of December. And whether my family members have been naughty or nice, I always provide a delicious meal as they look forward to coming to descending on my house for Christmas Day dinner And I never try to disappoint because the day is about food and family really, so pleasing them is my ultimate goal.

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