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Christmas Week

Christmas Week

I had a wonderful Christmas week and I hope you did too. Still not on a normal schedule, usually have no idea what day of the week it is, but not much on the schedule so that works. 

Friday I needed an easy dinner just because sometimes an easy dinner is needed. I cooked everything in the oven. First fingerling potatoes halved with lavender salt and pepper. Also asparagus with olive oil, salt and pepper. Salmon with lavender salt and herbs de provence. 

Saturday morning and time to shop. Not the normal shopping day but the day that works with holiday time. First we stopped at Alon’s to see my friend David and give him some apple butter. 

In addition to hugging David, we snacked. My husband had some cookies and I had a pistachio croissant. Oh so good.

Then off to grocery shopping. The store was busy but we found a parking spot and a cart without too much trouble. Yay! 

Menu Plan 

Since I thought shopping would be hard, Saturday dinner was planned to be easy. We had burgers with roasted red pepper and mozzarella and an arugula salad. Also a few potato chips, regular for husband, salt and vinegar for me. We quit buns quite a while ago, buns feel too heavy.

Sunday morning, Christmas Eve. We are very quiet Christmas people. No alarms, no plans for the day. I craved biscuits and gravy and husband is generally easy to get along with.

Since I like trying new recipes, I decided to try Black Pepper Biscuits and Sausage Gravy. Very good recipe and there were leftovers for Christmas breakfast. Perfect plan. 

We have no traditional meals for Christmas Eve or Christmas. When menu planning, we decided on appetizers for Christmas Eve. 

Crab salsa, guacamole, cheese dip and corn chips. So very good. 

Christmas morning, no big cooking. Husband had leftover sausage gravy and biscuits. I had biscuits and leftover salmon. We were both happy. While heating breakfast, I baked Salted Caramel Butter Bars

We spent a quiet day on Christmas Day. Reading, napping, making dinner. I started dinner early and was glad I did, things took longer than expected. 

We had a strip roast, the same potatoes as Thanksgiving (husband request) and asparagus. Easy, basic, delicious. 

Beautiful sunset while finishing cooking dinner. 

Meatball Mania 

What does a personal chef do with her time off? I make big batches of food for the freezer. Tuesday was meatball day. I’ve made the meatball recipe before and this time doubled it. Dinner was spaghetti and meatballs with some packages for the freezer. 

Wednesday was ‘whatever” day which worked out with all of the leftovers. I was supposed to meet friends for lunch, but plans had to change.

I worked on my knitting and had cold beef, cheese, avocado for dinner. Perhaps I’ve mentioned that I love cold, leftover roasted meat.

I’ve also been doing some organizing and decluttering. I ruthlessly cut cookbooks and donated many to the library. Many. I got rid of the old, junky bookcase and moved the hall bookcase into the office. 

Thursday was pizza day. Another new recipe chosen because the arugula on the pizza looked good. I followed the recipe for the dough and it worked well.

I couldn’t get a sheep’s milk cheese so used a cow semi soft, brick and mozzarella. I also added some roasted red peppers. 

I sprinkled some cornmeal on parchment, rolled the dough out to 10 inches on the parchment and then placed the parchment on the pizza stone to bake. 

The pizza was delicious! We used two of the dough balls so I have the other two in the fridge. Might use them Friday. 

I have been in the house, on break since Saturday. I have cooked a lot, read some, worked on knitting some, cleaned some, organized some. I’ve had a lovely Christmas week. 

Friday had to leave the house to go to the eye doctor. An afternoon appointment though so still no alarm. And no soup, I didn’t thaw the chicken. 

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