Since I am iced in today (thunder-sleet storms, ice and snow here in North Texas) I thought I would use this down time to create this year’s Christmas Dinner Menu. As I started looking at recipes, I found a few past Christmas dinner menus and thought it would be fun to share a few of them with you.
Cooking Nurtures My Soul – Cooking Grounds Me
Christmas dinner is an especially important cooking activity for me. I research recipes, explore food pairings from appetizers to dessert. Then its time to create a fun design for the printed dinner menu.
I like to enjoy the sparkling festiveness of a Christmas-themed dinner table, Christmas dinner table is set weeks ahead of time. Then, on Christmas day, I turn my kitchen counter into a shining, flickering, happy place to munch on this year’s tapas and sip on raspberry Champagne, something that has become a traditional Christmas Dinner cocktail in my home.
Christmas Dinner 2007
Cocktail: Seasonal Breeze • Campari Liquor, Blood Orange Juice and Cranberry Juice • Recipe courtesy of Feast Food to Celebrate Life, December 2004
Soup: Crab Bisque • Blue Crabs with a hint of Old Bay spices and fiery peppers • Recipe courtesy of Gourmet magazine, December 2007
Salad: Poached Pears with Ginger and Port • Ripe Anjou pears, Tawny Port wine and Mascarpone cheese • Recipe courtesy Gourmet magazine, March 1997
Vegetable: Perfect Roasted Potatoes • Yukon gold, red and sweet potatoes, roasted with fresh rosemary sprigs • Recipe courtesy of Gourmet magazine December 2004
Entree: Roasted Duck with Pomegranate-Wine Sauce • Roasted duck, garlic, herbs, white and red wine drizzled with a orange pomegranate molasses sauce • Recipe courtesy of Bon Appetite, December 2004
Dessert: Southern Pecan Pie • Recipe courtesy of Sudekum Family Favorite Cookbook
Appetizers: Raspberry Champagne • Artichoke Dip • Cheese Tray: Brie, Gouda and Mild Cheddar
First Course: Shrimp Cocktail
Second Course: Cream of Mushroom Soup
Third Course: Caesar Salad
Dessert: Southern Pecan Pie
I have also blogged my 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012 Christmas Dinner menus.
As you can see my family loves to cook and we have lots of Family Traditions
For more of my family recipes, please check out my Pinterest board Yummy Sudekum Family Favorites Recipes.
May Gods blessings float down like soft snowflakes on you and yours this Christmas
~ Dr. Kay