There was quite a bit of talk around Thanksgiving about how tired folks are of the traditional turkey/dressing/casserole routine.
“There’s a reason we only eat it once a year”.
I heard that a lot. I tend to agree.
Catering has become popular, and we are guilty here at our fort. We practiced a ‘clean kitchen Thanksgiving’ and bought all of our food already prepared. All we had to do was heat it up. Don’t judge; having a 2- and a 4-year-old running around makes cooking a feast difficult. It makes cleaning up even harder.
What is the cost of bucking tradition? I can say that I’m not really looking forward to the roasted/smoked turkey or ham, casseroles, etc. but it’s for a reason that you might not expect. The reality is that everyone who ventures to cook in a kitchen has a dish that they absolutely crush. And it is NEVER turkey, ham, or a casserole.
Here’s my suggestion: why not use Christmas (and Thanksgiving) to let the host show off and have them cook what they make best? I would argue that it would be a much more crowd-pleasing experience, and there wouldn’t be too many leftovers.
I’ve said it before, and I’m happy to say it again. Mrs. RCS can cook. That woman was blessed with the ability to whip up a five-star meal that you won’t forget. She has figured out the iron skillet to oven NY Strip move as good as any steakhouse here in Atlanta. She has a roasted brussel sprout dish that will make you question any sort of evolution…it’s Godly. However, her crown jewel is her Chicken Piccata. I’m drooling writing about it. How does this sound for Christmas dinner?:
Hawaiian rolls (duh)
An Italian White to drink (something like a Fontevecchia Verdicchio)
Chocolate Parfets for dessert (I’ll make these)
Let’s hear it – what’s on your wish list for Christmas dinner? Leave a comment below…