The Holiday Season can be a stressful time as we all know, and my life is no different then yours. Sometime the demands and time crutch I feel can be overwhelming. One way that I unwind, “self-sooth”, relax is through cooking.
I find that the whole cooking process from planing and researching my menu, creating a cute menu graphic to be placed on everyone’s plate, the cooking of each hand-picked dish to the grand crescendo…sitting down and enjoying the meal with my family and friends helps me unwind — relax.
Simply Said Cooking Grounds Me
I wanted to share with you four more of my Christmas Dinner Menu from 2009 to 2012. Be sure to watch for my 2013 Christmas Dinner Menu it will be in honor of my mom Sue Sudekum (1932-2013), this will be our first Christmas with-out her. Miss you mom.
Christmas Dinner Menu 2009
I think everyone’s favorite this year was the Whiskey Crab Soup. However, the Cranberry-Marinated Rack of Lamb was outstanding also.
Poinsettia Cocktail – is a fun colorful Holiday Martini
Fruit and Cheese Tray – if you don’t know what cheese and fruits to use on your cheese tray, I found the Best Fruit and Cheese guide very helpful.
Whiskey Crab Soup – This soup is the perfect way to start off your Christmas Dinner.
Roquefort Pear Salad – Ever since my daughter Kelly and her husband Josh took a trip to France we think and cook differently with pears. We now put them on pizza, salads, pearing with meats of all type. Yep pears are our new go to fruit.
Cranberry-Marinated Rack of Lamb – We love lamb, and marinated the rack of lamb with cranberry or pomegranate juice was outstanding. This recipe is no longer on-line, please email me if you want it Kay@KayTrotter.com
Almond Wide Rice and sautéed Green Beans
Southern Pecan Pie – this is a Sudekum family tradition and by the way our family recipe is the best ever.
I wanted to share with you my Sudekum family recipe for Christmas Raisin Bread. This recipe has been in our family since the 1800s – maybe even longer
For more of my family recipes, please check out my Pinterest board Yummy Sudekum Family Favorites Recipes
Also check out my Yummy Holiday Pinterest Board
Christmas Dinner 2010
Sun-Dried Tomato Dip, served with crackers and bread sticks | Recipe courtesy of Cuisine At Home Holiday
Feta & Pepper Dip, Served in a Tuscan bread bowl | Recipe courtesy of Cuisine At Home Holiday
Seafood Chowder | Recipe courtesy of Cuisine At Home Holiday
Pork Wellington, wrapped in a puff pastry, stuffed with prosciutto, spinach & chèvre (goat cheese), drizzled with roasted mushroom sauce. | Recipe courtesy of Cuisine At Home Holiday
Steamed Broccoli and Rosemary Roasted Potatoes
Southern Pecan Pie | Recipe courtesy of Sudekum Family Favorites Recipes
2011 Christmas Dinner Menu
Raspberry Champagne | Recipe courtesy of Williams-Sonoma
Seven Layer Salmon Bits, Stuffed Mushrooms | Recipe courtesy of Epicurious
Bloody Mary Shrimp | Recipe courtesy of Gourmet
Gourmet Cheeses Tray
Seafood Chowder | Recipe courtesy of Cuisine Holiday
Rack of Lamb with Marsalis and Crème Fraiche over Spiced Lentils with Roasted Carrots | Recipe courtesy of Cuisine Holiday
Chocolate-Bourbon Pecan Pie | Recipe courtesy of Food and Wine
Cocktails – Disaronno Cosmo | Recipe courtesy of Disaronno
Tapa – Tortellini Caprese Bites | Recipe courtesy of My Recipes and White Bean-and-Back Olive Crostini | Recipe courtesy of
Salad – Crispy Goat Cheese – Topped Arugula Salas with Pomegranated Vinaigrette | Recipe courtesy of My Recipes
Veggie Mashed Potatoes En Croute | Recipe courtesy of My Recipes
Main Course – Honey-Curry Glazed Lamb with Roasted Grapes and Cranberries | Recipe courtesy of My Recipes
Dessert – Elegant Eggnog Dessert | Recipe courtesy of Taste of Home
If you have any problem find these recipes please email me at Kay@KayTrotter.com
On this Christmas I offer this prayer to you and your family
May the Lord bless you and keep you;
May the Lord make his face to shine upon you and be gracious unto you;
May the Lord lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace.