christmas cookery

Posted on December 22, 2012

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I don’t even remember we ate for Christmas last year. For some reason I think I was burnt out on cooking and insisted that we go out to dinner on Christmas night with my dad at L’Atelier, and my mom keeps insisting that we ordered Nick-n-Willy’s pizza. (I’m kind of ashamed of that, but at the same time there weren’t any dishes to do, and I bet that was nice.)

To make up for it, I’m plowing ahead with menu-planning this year, and I’ve come up with too many things to make for 2 meals. This year my dad is saving me the trouble of cooking a standing rib roast, and has instead ordered one from Whole Foods – along with a whole host of different side dishes. (Did you know you can do that? Kind of genius.) I’ve been asked to contribute just one side dish and dessert, which is actually harder than just planning a whole meal because I want them to be THE BEST and there are so many great options to choose from.

On the flip side, dinner for three at my mom’s doesn’t really warrant making a huge spread either, so I’m doubly-forced to scale back my kitchen ambition in real life… but here? on my blog? Here, I can dream.

I made a Pinterest board for all the elements of my most perfect Christmas feasts, and with the ones that are most likely to make it to the table below:

Parker House Rolls

Caramelized Onion, Mushroom, Apple & Gruyere Bites

Blood Orange, Beet, and Fennel Salad

Braised Romano Beans

Braised Short Ribs with Mashed Potatoes, Swiss Chard and Horseradish Cream

Brandy Snaps