Merry Christmas everyone! We had four fewer people than last year so we downsized the roast to a more reasonable size. Fewer leftovers, yes, but there’s still plenty for Lissa’s dinners this week!
Mike’s family and my father showed up around 4:10 PM to consume hors d’oeuvres. (Bless them all for not showing up early!) Mike firmly reigned in my tendency to go overboard with food, so we limited ourselves to fresh salsa and Tostidos scoops, fresh-baked pesto bread with Parmesan-garlic olive oil for dipping, Lays potato chips, and caprese salad made with three different kinds of tomato. My father particularly complimented the salsa and asked for the recipe. It’s very simple —
1) drive to Stop and Shop
2) buy a container of Fresh Salsa (you’ll find it in the produce section with the dips/chopped onion etc.)
I washed all the romaine and butter lettuce and ripped it to pieces and sliced up three carrots last night, as well as chopping up mushroom and onion for gravy (which I finished except for pan drippings before the folks arrived). Once the roast was ready, I had only to a) steam the green beans, b) microwave three slices of bacon, c) boil the egg noodles, d) add grape tomatoes to the salad and dump it into a serving dish. I’ve decided that microwaving bacon in a bowl is perfect for this preparation of green beans; I steamed them fresh and crisp, then tossed them with the resulting bacon fat and crumbled the bits over the top. Delicious! Even vegetarians admit that bacon is the perfect food.
After a break to clear away the carnage and open some presents, we re-convened for dessert. Again, I kept it small this year — I baked an apple pie (thanks Mom!) and served it with banana bread and zucchini bread (a gift — thanks again Mom!).
I’m munching zucchini bread as I drink my coffee and looking around at my clean-and-tidied living room. It’s a good way to approach the New Year.
I hope all of you made Santa’s Nice List this year! But if you didn’t . . . well, I hear the people on the Naughty List have more fun anyway ;-)