Christmas 2016

Breakfast for 7:
Bring Your Own Coffee
grapefruit supremes (4 grapefruits are plenty)
hot chocolate (2 cups – in carafe)
orange juice
scrambled eggs (14 – could do 12 next time)
Oscar Meyer center cut bacon
Lunardi’s pork sausage links (8)
diner hashbrowns (2 small, unpeeled potatoes in individual portions)
wheat, white, sourdough and cornbread toast
pancakes with lingonberries, Log Cabin, and maple syrup
doughnuts and apple fritters

Dinner for 5:
Sheep Dip with Sumano’s Watsonville Soudough and Trader Joe’s Social Snackers
Onion Dip with Wavy Lays
Carrot Sticks

Beef Ribeye Roast
Sauteed Mushrooms
Broccoli
Scalloped Potatoes
Romaine salad with Pastor Matt’s Herbes de Provence vinaigrette
King’s Hawaiian Savory Rolls

Apple Crisp
Ice Cream
Christmas Cookies

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Published in: on December 26, 2016 at 5:52 pm  Comments (2)  

Christmas 2016

Breakfast for 7:
grapefruit supremes
coffee
hot chocolate
orange juice
scrambled eggs (14)
bacon
link sausage
diner hashbrowns
wheat, white & sourdough toast
pancakes with lingonberries & real maple syrup
doughnuts

Snack:
Onion Dip with chips
Sheep Dip with crackers & sourdough
carrots

Dinner for 5:
Warm Spiced Cranberry Cider
Deviled Chex Mix
Onion Dip with chips
Sheep Dip with crackers & sourdough
Relish Tray:  carrots, red pepper, Swedish Cucumber Salad
Boneless Prime Rib Roast
Scalloped Potatoes
Broccoli
Rolls
Cookies, Apple Crisp & Ice Cream

Published in: on December 22, 2016 at 10:05 am  Comments (1)  

Christmas 2015

Breakfast for 7:
grapefruit supremes
coffee
hot chocolate
orange juice
Prosecco
scrambled eggs (14)
bacon
turkey bacon
hashbrowns
wheat, white & sourdough toast
pancakes with lingonberries
doughnuts

Dinner for 5:
Warm Spiced Cranberry Cider
Deviled Chex Mix
Dried Cherry & Pecan Cream Cheese Spread
Relish Tray:  carrots, red pepper, Swedish Cucumber Salad
Diestel Turkey Breast
Mashed Potatoes
Gravy
Green Beans
Stuffing
Creamed Onions
Mom’s Famous Cranberries
Cookies & Ice Cream

Published in: on December 23, 2015 at 10:05 am  Leave a Comment  

Thanksgiving 2014

for 10

brie with Spiced Cranberry Sauce on bread
cashews
pretzel nuggets

Prosecco
beer
wine

19# Trader Joe’s Pre-brined Turkey, following their instructions
mashed potatoes (6)Mom’s famous creamed onions
Mom’s famous cranberry jelly
Best Turkey Gravy from Cook’s Illustrated, made with home-made turkey stock from 3 # wings
green beans
honey orange glazed carrots
Trader Joe’s pull-apart rolls
red grapes
olives

Mark’s pie extravaganza:

Classic Pumpkin Pie
Cranberry Pecan Crumble Pie
Chocolate Pudding Pie

whipped cream

Apple Crisp

Published in: on November 30, 2014 at 2:16 pm  Comments (1)  

Easter Dinner 2013 & 2014

easter mantlepiece

4:30 PM

For 11:  Anna, Sam, Kristin, Nana, Auntie Karen, Grandma Cindy, Grandpa, Aunt Kristin, Eric (with quantities for next time)

Before:
Prosecco (2 bottles)
Shrimp & Cocktail Sauce over Cream Cheese (4 oz cream cheese, 1/4 lb cocktail shrimp) [smaller round glass serving dish]
Guacamole & Corn Dippers (1 avocado, 1/2 bag of corn dippers
veggies & dip
hummus

Main Course:
Ham with Sweet Hot Mustard (3 lbs) (Ham steak for kids) (Smithfield spiral ham is very good)
Karen’s Famous Deviled Eggs
Pea Salad  (Mom, half recipe)
Aunt Kristin’s Tabbouli with Yogurt Sauce (half recipe)
Scalloped Potatoes (4 med potatoes)
Carrot Orange Salad (3 carrots, 4 oranges) [oval veg]
Roasted Asparagus with Garlic Oil, Lemon and Parmesan (1 bunch) [pottery pie pan]
Red Grapes or Strawberries
King’s Hawaiian Honey Wheat Rolls
Ham Wine (Eric)
Chardonnay (Aunt Kristin)

Dessert:
Glazed Lemon Cake (Cindy) topped with warm mixed berries & cherries (2 packages) [oval veg] and vanilla ice cream

Saturday:

Make carrot orange salad
Snip grapes into small clusters

Sunday:

2:30
Prep ham:  unwrap and cut around the bone.  remove slices and place in 13×9 Pyrex dish.  Cover tightly with foil and leave on counter to come to room temp.
Make garlic oil & grate cheese for asparagus
put berries in 3 qt calphalon saucepan on stove (do not turn on burner yet)

3:00
prep potatoes and press plastic wrap onto surface
mix shrimp with cocktail sauce, keep in fridge
put cream cheese on plate to come to room temp
peel asparagus and put on baking sheet, roll in garlic oil

3:20
preheat oven to 350 degrees F

3:30
potatoes in oven at 350 degrees F

4:10
make guacamole, press plastic wrap over top and put in fridge
turn berries on low, stir occasionally

4:25
put shrimp & cocktail sauce over cream cheese & serve

4:30
guests arrive
serve guacamole
ham in oven if potatoes almost done

5:00
ham & potatoes out if done
raise oven temp to 425 degrees F

when potatoes are done:
asparagus in oven for 12 minutes
heat ham steak in large skillet with cover on low
put out all the food

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Father’s Day Dinner 2012

Tri Tip Roast (kosher salt, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, trim excess fat, roast on a rack, fat side up, at 350 degrees F for 60-70 minutes then wrap in foil and let stand for 15 minutes before slicing thinly across the grain)
Horseradish Sauce (light sour cream and horseradish, approx. 3:1)
Karen’s Fruit Salad
Corn Off the Cob
Peppers & Onions
Sweet and Tangy Cole Slaw
Green Chile Spinach Cheese Rice Thing
Cindy’s Pecan Pie
Vanilla Ice Cream

Published in: on May 28, 2012 at 12:43 pm  Leave a Comment  

Easter Dinner 2012

For 10:  Anna, Sam, Kristin, Auntie Karen, Nana, Grandpa Bert, Grandma Cindy, Grandpa, Eric, Aunt Kristin (with quantities for next time)

Before:
Prosecco (2 bottles), Sparkling Pomegranate (1 bottle)
Shrimp & Cocktail Sauce over Cream Cheese (half recipe) [smaller round glass serving dish]
TJ’s Pita Crackers & Sesame Melba Rounds
Guacamole & Corn Dippers (1 avocado)
Cheddar Puffs with Scallions and Cayenne (half recipe)

Main Course:
Ham with Sweet Hot Mustard (5 lbs)
Karen’s Famous Deviled Eggs
Italian Mushroom & Celery Salad (by Mom)  (can omit next time)
Aunt Kristin’s Tabbouli with Yogurt Sauce (half recipe)
Sweet Corn Bread Pudding (by Cindy)
Scalloped Potatoes (6 med potatoes)
Carrot Orange Salad (3 carrots) [oval veg]
Cider-Braised Butternut Squash Puree  (half recipe; 1 small squash) [oval veg]
Roasted Asparagus with Garlic Oil, Lemon and Parmesan (1 bunch) [silver oval]
Red Grapes

Dessert:
Glazed Lemon Cake topped with warm mixed berries & cherries [oval veg] and vanilla bean ice cream

Published in: on March 25, 2012 at 1:50 pm  Leave a Comment  

Christmas 2011

Breakfast for 8:

grapefruit supremes
orange juice
scrambled eggs (cooked 16, had leftovers)
bacon
sausage
potatoes
homemade wheat, white, and raisin toast
blueberry apple crisp & ice cream

Dinner for 5:
Warm Spiced Cranberry Cider
Sheep Dip on Sumano’s Watsonville Sourdough
Empire Kosher Turkey Breast (from TJ’s): 2.5 lbs, 75 minutes at 375 degrees F
Relish Tray:  carrots, red pepper, Swedish Cucumber Salad
Mashed Potatoes
Broccoli
Mom’s Stuffing
Creamed Onions
Mom’s Cranberries
Cookies & Ice Cream

Published in: on December 26, 2011 at 9:07 am  Comments (1)  

Party X 3: Laurel’s Birthday, Cindy’s Birthday, Laurel’s Going-Away-to-College 8/20/11

Shrimp & Cocktail Sauce on Cream Cheese with Corn Dippers & Vinta Crackers
Salsa

Caesar Club Sandwich
Portobello Mushroom, Caramelized Onion, Tomato & Basil Sandwich
Greek Salad
Karen & Mark’s Fruit Salad with Mint-Lime Syrup

Devil’s Food Cake
Dreamy Chocolate Frosting

Published in: on August 20, 2011 at 8:36 pm  Leave a Comment  

Father’s Day Dinner 2011

BBQ Tri Tip Roast with Horseradish Sauce
Green Salad with Cucumber, Avocado, Yellow Cherry Tomatoes and Almonds
Corn Off the Cob
Potato Salad
Chocolate Chip Cookies & Vanilla Ice Cream

Published in: on June 15, 2011 at 8:34 pm  Leave a Comment