Christmas Dinner Menu and a New Discovery

This is the first year EV-ER that I’m hosting Christmas Day.  We have been home on Christmas Day before, but it was just our immediate family so it was pretty low-key.  I have never, ever cooked a big Christmas or Thanksgiving meal.

This year my parents are coming to our house for Christmas, and I am SO excited.  We will be going to my inlaws’ home on the 26th to have a Christmas celebration with my husband’s family where there will be a big turkey dinner and all that jazz, so I have decided to buck tradition and cook something other than turkey on Christmas Day.

My friend girlymama suggested a rib roast, and she told me about a recipe she highly recommends.  I think I’m going to try it.  For some reason, although I cook well and often, cooking a roast seems somewhat intimidating.  I’m terrified of ruining an expensive piece of meat.  But I want to do something special, and this seems as good as anything.

I was watching Emeril’s Thanksgiving special a few weeks ago where he made crab stuffed twice baked potatoes.  Omigosh.  YUM.  I have been waiting for the opportunity to make these, and I think this is just the occasion I’ve been looking for.

Beyond that, I’m not sure what I’m doing.  Although I have recently discovered that I love brussels sprouts.  As a child my mom would make them and make me eat a few, and I remember gagging as I tried to swallow them down.  Of course, that could have something to do with the fact that my mom boiled them from one of those boxes in the frozen foods section.  But for whatever reason, I have always thought that I hated brussels sprouts.

Until last weekend.

I was at a "potluck" dinner where someone brought a dish of roasted brussels sprouts with bacon and onion.  They looked so good that I decided to give them a try.  And they were DELICIOUS! 

In fact.  When I went out to eat a few days later with some friends, I ordered a dish that came with roasted brussels sprouts just to get the brussels sprouts.  Fortunately the pork chop was good too.  I was afraid it had been just a fluke (about the brussels sprouts) but no.  These were fabulous too. 

So.  I guess I like brussels sprouts.  Who knew!?   This revelation has caused me to question my entire identity.  I mean, I thought I knew who I was, what I was all about.  Can I still be the same person without my hatred for brussels sprouts?  This has opened up a whole new world of vegetable possibilities.

So in honor of my newfound obsession with brussels sprouts, I think I’ll try to make them for Christmas dinner.  Won’t my mom be thrilled!  Now all I need to do is find a good recipe.

The next big question is dessert.  My mom always makes pies for Christmas, and my mother-in-law always makes cookies.  I think I will continue with my rebellious theme and do something totally different.  I KNOW!  I’m just living on the edge.

Do you have any ideas for me?  We’re a pretty easy crowd to please.  Just about any kind of sugary treat will do.

What are YOU having for Christmas dinner?  Are you cooking, or are you going somewhere to mooch off of someone else and let them do all the hard work?  Frankly I’m quite a fan of the latter, but perhaps I’ll feel differently if all goes well with my very first attempt at The Holiday Meal. 

I mean, now that I’ve discovered my love for brussels sprouts, I suppose anything is possible!