Well, a week of Christmas celebration officially started for us yesterday. We headed into NYC Thursday afternoon for our annual Friday visit before Colleran Christmas weekend kicks off in CT. We typically start the day at the Today Show followed by skating at Rockefeller Center, Dylan’s Candy Bar, Macy’s windows, etc. Looks like we will be blessed with warmish weather this year. NICE!
Friday: When we arrive in North Haven, CT Friday evening we typically order pizza for the group of 10 adults plus 7 children, but I’m bringing leftover Sweet Potato Chicken Curry that I made earlier in the week.
Saturday: I am contributing two things to the Colleran Christmas dinner.
Roasted Brussels Sprouts: I am planning to shred them in the food processor, toss them with a very thinly sliced red onion, olive oil and craisins.
Jicama & Orange Salad w/ Mint: I am adding pomegranates to the recipe for a little festive color.
Sunday: We will be arriving home mid-afternoon. I doubt I’ll feel like doing much cooking so I think I’ll defrost the Slow Cooker Italian Chicken I made two weeks ago. I love that this recipe yields enough for two meals!
Tuesday: My parents arrive from FL! I am serving Oven-Baked Pork & Apples which I have made before (Click here for recipe review). I’ll also serve baked traditional and sweet potatoes and roasted carrots.
Christmas Eve: Our tradition is a variety of selections from the local Chinese restaurant and Takara which is Japanese and offers sushi, noodle and rice dishes.
Christmas Day: The day starts with raspberry crepes, scrambled eggs and sausage. Instead of lunch, we have a mid-afternoon snack of appetizers (shrimp cocktail, assorted cheeses, etc.) and for dinner we enjoy grilled filet, crab legs, my mom’s famous mashed potatoes (filled with lots of indulgences like cream cheese, butter and sour cream!), grilled asparagus and Baked Butternut Squash & Apples. We will end the day with this great recipe for Flourless Chocolate Cake topped with raspberry puree and vanilla ice cream.
Happy Holidays to you and your family!