The “weekend” for me consisted of everything from Wednesday (day before Christmas Eve) on to Sunday, so I’m just going to jump right in. Less talk, more pictures! Here we go…
Wednesday Night. Holiday party at our house potluck style. Our friends brought over culinary contributions that had all of us half passed out on the couch afterwards from major full-dom. OK maybe that was just me.
Tim and Sarah’s dip
Meghann and Kevin’s sausage balls (holy cow, I had like five of these!!) Meghann promised me the recipe but I can tell you it had breakfast sausage and Bisquick in there.
With ranch and ketchup of course!
Meghann’s out-of-this-world potato au gratin with mushrooms. Hands down, the best I have ever had. The secret, she says, is using multiple types of mushrooms from cremini to brown button to shiitake. Another recipe I want from her.
And her savory puddings, pre-bake.
And Meghann’s green beans!
Tommy and Nicole’s mac ‘n cheese, pre-bake, with goat cheese and caramelized onions on top. Tommy also whipped up an elegant platter of endive salad appetizers but I didn’t get a pic 😦
Last but definitely not least, Chris’ slow-roast pulled pork, waiting to be thrown into a taco.
My plate. Round 1.
Oh, and what was my contribution? Surprise, surprise I did not cook. Instead, I picked up a box of Klondike bars from the market. Ha.
Thursday Night. Christmas Eve. It was me, my mom, Chris and his family and we decided to do Thai takeout instead of cooking. How’s that for holiday convenience?
Shrimp and veggie curry. Can’t remember exact name. Sorry.
Thai spring rolls
A beef and veggie dish
Thai papaya salad
Mango and sticky rice for dessert. Mmmm my favorite.
Friday. Christmas Day. Practically a 4-hour meal. East-meets-West style since my mama contributed her chinese black bean chicken dish and bok choy.
Chris’ mom made a light yet super tasty salad with pomegranate seeds, walnuts and cheese.
My mom’s Chinese black bean chicken with onions
And her healthy and hearty bok choy.
The prime rib. There were also green beans and mashed potatoes but I didn’t get pictures of those. Oh well.
Onto the desserts!! Chris’ younger brother, Elijah, made cannoli with a filling of ricotta cheese, sugar, and chocolate chips. Pre-made cannoli shells were found at Bristol Farms.
More dessert. Apple pie and homemade gingerbread and cookies. Ahhhh my stomach hurts just by looking at these again.
Hope y’all had an equally fabulous holiday. Ciao for now.