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Thread: its time to start planning a menu... I am going simple(r) this year Christmas Eve: Apps: Smoked Mussels Stuffed Peppers Cheese and Cracker plate Oysters on the half shell Dinner:

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    MIke R is offline
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    its time to start planning a menu...

    I am going simple(r) this year

    Christmas Eve:

    Apps:

    Smoked Mussels
    Stuffed Peppers
    Cheese and Cracker plate
    Oysters on the half shell


    Dinner:

    Bouillabaisse ( fresh lobster, little necks, mussels, squid, haddock, shrimp )
    Mushroom Risotto
    Garlic Bread
    Garden Salad

    Wine: Choice of Pouilly Fume or Brunello

    Dessert:

    Apple Pie
    Banana Foster
    Chestnut Bars
    Christmas Cookie platter


    Coffee, Tea, Mulled Apple Cider with Gran Marnier, Rhum and Tuaca, Hot Chocolate with Peppermint Schnaaps



    Christmas Day:

    Apps:

    Mini Spring Rolls
    Cold Boiled Shrimp with a creole dipping sauce
    Cold Lobster Cocktail

    Dinner:

    Smoked Ham
    Roasted Turkey with Chestnut Stuffing
    Garlic/Parmesan Creamy Whipped Yukons
    Steamed Green Beans
    Cranberry & Orange/Ginger/Pecan Chutney
    Grilled Asparagus
    Pumpkin Bread and Cranberry Nut Bread

    Wine: Champagne or Sancerre or Brunello

    Dessert:

    Chocolate Cheese Cake
    Pumpkin Pie
    Maple Walnut Bread Pudding
    Christmas Cookie Platter

    Coffee, Tea, Mulled Cider with Gran Marnier, Rhum, Tuaca, Hot Chocolate with Peppermint Schnaaps




    I get my hams,bacon, sausage from here:

    http://www.vtsmokeandcure.com/


    an amazing place...really good meats..and they ship

    "When the power of love overcomes the love of power the world will know peace" Jimi Hendrix

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    andynap is offline
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    Super looking. It's just the 2 of us for Christmas Eve so I'll be doing stuffed calamari and a caesar salad with anchovies.

    However, Christmas is another story. I just finished my menu and it will be:

    Apps:
    Smoked salmon on cucumber strips with cream cheese rolled up and cut like pinwheels

    Soup:
    Pasta fagioli

    Secondi:
    Spinach lasagna with bolognese sauce and bechamel
    Baked ham
    Potatoes Anna

    Dessert- cannolis and Italian rum cake


    Haven't decided on wines yet
    Grappa
    Navan Cognac

    Time to do the second stage of my Vanilla rum



    Andy

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    MIke R is offline
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    yeah I was kicking around the idea if doing a tray of Lasagna as well for Christmas Day....we need to have a LOT of leftovers because there will be no time to cook anything substantial the week following Christmas..and I still may do a tray....

    but yours looks very good too...
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    andynap is offline
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    I am using Marcella Hazan's lasagna recipe except it won't be spinach- I'll make plain egg pasta. The bolognese sauce takes 3 hours but it melts in your mouth. I just dug out some carrots from my garden to use in the sauce. Had to use an axe to get thru the frozen top layer.


    Andy

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    MIke R is offline
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    you still got carrots???..thats funny
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    andynap is offline
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    I have plenty. They will keep until the spring. I have beets too but I can't cut thru the frozen dirt.


    Andy

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    MIke R is offline
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    thats cool....

    I still have quite a few carrots and winter squash in the garage from the fall....still looks ok
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    Grey is offline
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    Both menus look delicious. You're making me hungry! I love REAL Bananas Foster and you don't see it very often but dang it's good. You bringing out the good dark rum for it?

    Andynap, what are Potatoes Anna?

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    MIke R is offline
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    yes..good dark rhum for sure..and banana liquer as well
    "When the power of love overcomes the love of power the world will know peace" Jimi Hendrix

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    andynap is offline
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    Potatoes Anna are very thinly sliced potatoes layered between melted butter and baked with heavy cream.


    Andy

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    MIke R is offline
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    hmmmmmmmmmmmmm..low fat...LOL
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    andynap is offline
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    Well not everyone at dinner appreciates low fat so I capitulate.


    Andy

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    MIke R is offline
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    oh Im with you paison...fat rules
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    phil62 is offline
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    Andy was the dish created by Anna or named after her when she passed away from eating it? Kidding.Amy

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    andynap is offline
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    Probably both- LMAO


    Andy

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    Theresa is offline
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    Gentlemen, your menus sound outstanding!
    On an island in the sun we'll be playing and having fun.

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    Dennis is offline
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    First Course
    Florida Citrus Salad
    Poached Lobster, Hearts of Palm, Candy Cane Beets & Local Citrus

    Smithfield Ham
    Tangelo Glaze, Herb Encrusted Poached Egg, Pumpernickel Biscuit

    Foie Gras Torchon
    Warm Gingerbread, Rhubarb, Chestnut Brittle & Sage

    Entrées
    Colorado Rack of Lamb
    Braised Oxtail, Gnocci, Celery Root & Red Currant Jus

    Spear Caught Florida Grouper
    Serrano Ham Sofrito, Swiss Shard, Plantain Chutney

    Myers Prime Strip Loin
    Baby Leeks, French Horn Mushrooms, Fingerlings, Horseradish

    Wild Mushroom Risotto
    Chanterelles, French Horns, Chestnuts, Parsnips

    Dessert
    Peppermint Mocha Crème Brulee

    House Made Peppermint Patties & Candy Cane Bark

    Eggnog Cheesecake

    Ginger Bread, Caramel Rum, Ice Cream Sandwich

    Figgy Puddingg
    Brown Butter Glaze,Brulee Figs, Vanilla Bean Ice Cream

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    andynap is offline
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    Outstanding choices. How many people you feeding?


    Andy

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    JEK is offline
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    I think the place seats about 150. Maybe two seatings.
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    Dennis is offline
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    Quote Originally Posted by Andynap
    Outstanding choices. How many people you feeding?

    I'm paying for 7 ppl.

    Caretta's on the Gulf at the Sand Pearl Resort in Clearwater, FL is doing the cooking.


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    andynap is offline
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    Ha- OK.


    Andy

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    MIke R is offline
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    nothing like home cooking

    just sayin

    * bracin for the lockdown*
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    JEK is offline
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    I'm having a double Manhattan and I can't see the lock-em-up button.
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    Jeanette is offline
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    Malbec... Finishing the bottle from last night. This bottle is a little too earthy for my taste.
    Liberté, Égalité, Sororité

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    bto is offline
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    Friends of mine absolutely love the Sand Pearl, Dennis...have you been before?

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    Dennis is offline
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    Quote Originally Posted by bto
    Friends of mine absolutely love the Sand Pearl, Dennis...have you been before?

    Nope. Good to hear, though.

    Looks nice on the web!

    I like white Christmases(sp).

    Sand or Snow.

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