What Are You Having For Christmas Dinner? And Where?

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    Dec 22, 2015 3:06 AM GMT
    We'll be with 6 others, 8 of us total, as guests at the home of a gay friend. My husband's younger widowed sister is also invited, a very nice lady. Everyone always asks my husband to make a meat lasagna, it can't be matched. Although not quite your usual Christmas fare, unless you're full Italians, like him and his sister.

    He's also doing calamari stuffed with crab & shrimp. Using the entire tentacles, of course, 1 per person. When people hear about this beforehand they'll ask him: "How do you stuff those little rings?" icon_rolleyes.gif LOL!

    Our host is baking a ham, exactly what we had for Christmas when I was a kid. Also with pineapple rings on it like my Father did, who always cooked the main course on holidays.

    He's also making duck liver pâté from scratch, that I love. And a ton of other stuff, typical holiday fare. My husband's sister is bringing the desserts, which I guess are gonna be a surprise. She's a pretty good cook herself (the Italian again), so I know they'll be great.

    So have you made your own dinner plans?
  • Webster666

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    Dec 22, 2015 5:53 AM GMT
    On Christmas day, I'll probably reheat a slice of pizza.
    On Christmas eve, 2 long time friends and I will be having dinner at a nice restaurant.
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    Dec 22, 2015 1:52 PM GMT
    Cream of Leek and Potato soup
    Roasted Prime Rib of Beef
    Roasted Asparagus
    Taco Potatoes
    Sauteed Mushrooms
    Horseradish Sauce
    Yorkshire Pudding
    Molten Chocolate Volcano Lava Cake
    Vanilla Ice Cream

    My husband (yes, we got married after 46 years) is cooking for his family.
  • jockguy1

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    Dec 22, 2015 2:20 PM GMT
    Wow! that is a beautiful dessert for the holiday. Is the raspberry sauce your own recipe? Care to share? I would love to make that sometime.
  • IgnatiusReill...

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    Dec 22, 2015 3:58 PM GMT
    A work of art. I know that this cheesecake must taste fantastic. Presentation is the second part of the equation of serving a wonderful meal.


    MuchMoreThanMuscle saidI'm going to have my partner over for Christmas. I'm not sure what I'm going to make for dinner. But I will make a Christmas "wreath" cheesecake completely from scratch. I made one for a straight couple that are his good friends and that we see once a month for dinner. It really turned out gorgeous and I can't wait to make one for us.

    Here are some pics:

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    After I added some homemade raspberry coulis sauce and some mint leaves.

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    The pictures don't do it justice. It really turned out beautifully.
  • IgnatiusReill...

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    Dec 22, 2015 3:59 PM GMT
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    Poor Richard! Another candlelight supper!!! Act surprised! icon_surprised.gif
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    Dec 22, 2015 5:02 PM GMT
    Right now he's in the kitchen doing the preliminary things for his stuffed calamari. Like sautéing the small salad shrimp, then making the stuffing with them, to set aside and refrigerate until he puts it into the calamari to cook the whole thing in a tomato sauce he makes. He also harvested some herbs this morning from his patio garden that are going into it, too.

    He told me an hour ago that we're gonna be doing a dessert after all, probably 2 apple pies. One of the guests was just gonna buy them at the supermarket, which didn't go over too well with him. One will be for our own dinner, and one for another friend's dinner that we won't be attending, unless we drop in late for coffee.

    Since his hands will be pretty full, guess who's gonna be using that new spiralizer gizmo to prep the apples for him? At least I can approach the task from the aspect of playing with a mechanical toy, rather than doing the actual baking, which would be disastrous.

    But he also told me next year we're gonna have either a simple private Christmas dinner at our own home, no guests, or else make restaurant reservations. No more big dinners at friends' where he provides much of the food. "I end up planning for a week, working on it for 3 days, it costs us as much as a good restaurant would for just the 2 of us, and leaves me so exhausted I don't have that much fun at them. Let somebody else do the work and cleanup."

    Actually I could skip Christmas dinner altogether, but I'd still like to do the big Thanksgivings with nearly 30 people, nice events with great people. Where he actually cooks less with so many other guys also contributing.

    I tried to get him to only be asked for baked desserts last month, that are easier for him, not being not as time-critical as a hot main course to take over, the baking a more leisurely process. But everyone wants his lasagna, like for this Thursday again, and other more work-intensive hot dishes. As invited guests he feels obliged to comply with their wishes.
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    Dec 22, 2015 5:57 PM GMT
    I never encountered this dish until I began living with a full Italian. The only calamari I knew were the fried rings. Here's a stuffed but unsealed calamari. They're about 6 inches long and as wide as a hand with fingers together. The stuffing will swell with cooking. And don't be alarmed, the baking pans aren't dirty, that's from the seasoned stuffing he made.

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    Here are the calamari sewn shut, to keep the stuffing inside during cooking. When ready to serve both ends are cut off, making them look something like a manicotti. Incidentally, he couldn't find the correct cooking thread anywhere, and didn't want to use ordinary sewing thread. So I suggested dental floss, seemed weirdly logical to me. Sanitary, cause it's intended for the mouth, lint free, strong enough for this purpose, the right thickness. We'll soon learn if it has any trouble with the heat. Just had to make sure it was unwaxed and unflavored.

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    Next these go into a pot of his tomato sauce to simmer a bit this afternoon, but not fully cook. Then they're refrigerated until Christmas morning, when they'll finish cooking. Sorta allows them to marinate and absorb the spices, and also breaks the process down into more manageable steps to accomplish other tasks.
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    Dec 22, 2015 11:12 PM GMT
    southbeach1500 saidAnd BTW Kolonel Boastful, has it ever occurred to you that there may be many people reading your topic that are going through hard times and won't be having such a sumptuous feast? Nothing like rubbing it in their faces. That's the Art_Deco holiday magic.


    BTW repuke douchebag.....WHO CARES? So those who are having a bountiful holiday feast can't share that with others? Really? icon_eek.gif Those that can afford fantastically expensive cars should we just buy them, for the economy, yet leave them in their garage so no one will see them and feel bad about themselves?

    Why don't you worry about yourself? You are a repuke. That's what you repuke douchebags do best. Worrying about yourselves.

    If you are so bloody concerned about others, than give up your holiday meal and go work in a homeless shelter for xmas, and be with those that are having a hard time. Just shut up and do it!

    Stupid repuke douchebags are always worrying about what others do. That's why your party is the anti-Gay party.

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    Dec 23, 2015 1:48 AM GMT
    I'm having a very attractive guy, a bottle of whiskey, and probably Denny's so we can get done with dinner quick and get back to our usual "Netflix and chill."
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    Dec 23, 2015 5:55 AM GMT
    Just a small meal with my mom,fiancée and his sister and nephew.He is an awesome cook but I don't have the energy for all the prep and cleanup anymore so we keep it simple.
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    Dec 23, 2015 8:21 AM GMT
    Too bad I'm not in Japan.

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    Nah, I'm better off here; no months long wait for my bucket.
  • eM_Jay

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    Dec 23, 2015 2:55 PM GMT


    Dinner plans.... What sorcery is that??icon_confused.gif
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    Dec 23, 2015 4:14 PM GMT
    Art_Deco said...Everyone always asks my husband to make a meat lasagna, it can't be matched. ...


    I beg to differ: presenting my Chrismukkah lasagna, known to make Italian housewives from Long Island weep:

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    Typically served restaurant dessert-style, i.e. plated with swirled tomato sauce and topped with a sprig of garnish. Manga!
  • Destinharbor

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    Dec 23, 2015 4:51 PM GMT
    Rib Roast*, yorkshire pudding, peas and cauliflower with hollandaise sauce, (I like the potato leek soup above^^-think I'll add it), purchased desert of some sort, prob a yule log from Fresh Market.

    Works for whole filet, too: Chop about 1/2 cup cilantro (or parsley) medium fine, add a tbls chopped garlic, two tsp chopped fresh rosemary, same fresh thyme, tbsp freshly cracked pepper, salt (generous based on size of roast), tbsp olive oil. Mix it all up and coat the meat all over. Wrap tightly in plastic wrap and let sit at least 24 hours, pref 48. Place on rack and preheat oven at 500-525 for at least 1/2 hour, slide roast in so it is positioned in the exact middle of the oven (arrange racks before the preheat). Cook EXACTLY 5 minutes per pound to two decimal points. Turn the oven off and threaten your guests with death by carving knife if ANYONE opens the oven door. Leave in oven EXACTLY one hour. Remove and rest for 15 minutes or more. Crispy, crunchy exterior, perfectly pink and even all the way through. Foolproof. Amazing.
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    Dec 23, 2015 8:40 PM GMT
    IgnatiusReilly saidA work of art. I know that this cheesecake must taste fantastic. Presentation is the second part of the equation of serving a wonderful meal.


    MuchMoreThanMuscle saidI'm going to have my partner over for Christmas. I'm not sure what I'm going to make for dinner. But I will make a Christmas "wreath" cheesecake completely from scratch. I made one for a straight couple that are his good friends and that we see once a month for dinner. It really turned out gorgeous and I can't wait to make one for us.

    Here are some pics:

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    After I added some homemade raspberry coulis sauce and some mint leaves.

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    The pictures don't do it justice. It really turned out beautifully.


    +2, wow I second that it looks amazing - sure it taste even better.

    I might be having dinner with my friend who is a pastry chef and his Mexican family not sure what is on the menu yet. But I am sure dessert will be amazing.
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    Dec 23, 2015 10:13 PM GMT
    Musclefetish said
    southbeach1500 saidAnd BTW Kolonel Boastful, has it ever occurred to you that there may be many people reading your topic that are going through hard times and won't be having such a sumptuous feast? Nothing like rubbing it in their faces. That's the Art_Deco holiday magic.

    BTW repuke douchebag.....WHO CARES? So those who are having a bountiful holiday feast can't share that with others? Really? icon_eek.gif Those that can afford fantastically expensive cars should we just buy them, for the economy, yet leave them in their garage so no one will see them and feel bad about themselves?

    Why don't you worry about yourself? You are a repuke. That's what you repuke douchebags do best. Worrying about yourselves.

    If you are so bloody concerned about others, than give up your holiday meal and go work in a homeless shelter for xmas, and be with those that are having a hard time. Just shut up and do it!

    Stupid repuke douchebags are always worrying about what others do. That's why your party is the anti-Gay party.

    I deliberately put this topic in "Food & Recipes" and not in a political or personal attack forum. I had hoped we'd actually talk food, and not be another opportunity for southbeach to drag out his overused Hyacinth pics, and make an issue of my referring to my partner as my husband. As many of us did long before there even was legal gay marriage, and as many of our legally unmarried gay friends still do.

    BTW, we're going to a formal gala tonight, the cost of admission being a minimum contribution to our local HIV/AIDS food pantry (I won't divulge the amount). And we've already donated to this pantry on our own for Thanksgiving and Christmas.

    I'm not ashamed to raise the topic on this site of what we're having for Christmas dinner, and discuss with the other RJ guys on a food & recipe forum. Or is SB suggesting we should delete this forum, because there are hungry people in the world? There are also people who also can't afford gym memberships, and vacations, and lots of the sports discussed here.

    Guess we'll all have to delete our RJ memberships and go home, boys. Something that would please SB and his sabotaging agenda here no end.
  • LJay

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    Dec 23, 2015 11:50 PM GMT
    So, Southbeach, where will you be this Christmas?

    If you have not made plans, I understand the Salvation Army will accept anyone. You could test that.

    Though, with or without plans, it is hard not to wish anyone, even the Grinch, a Happy Christmas.

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    Dec 24, 2015 4:09 AM GMT
    Art_Deco saidWe'll be with 6 others, 8 of us total, as guests at the home of a gay friend. My husband's younger widowed sister is also invited, a very nice lady. Everyone always asks my husband to make a meat lasagna, it can't be matched. Although not quite your usual Christmas fare, unless you're full Italians, like him and his sister.

    He's also doing calamari stuffed with crab & shrimp. Using the entire tentacles, of course, 1 per person. When people hear about this beforehand they'll ask him: "How do you stuff those little rings?" icon_rolleyes.gif LOL!

    Our host is baking a ham, exactly what we had for Christmas when I was a kid. Also with pineapple rings on it like my Father did, who always cooked the main course on holidays.

    He's also making duck liver pâté from scratch, that I love. And a ton of other stuff, typical holiday fare. My husband's sister is bringing the desserts, which I guess are gonna be a surprise. She's a pretty good cook herself (the Italian again), so I know they'll be great.

    So have you made your own dinner plans?


    ham, potatoes, a veggie, dessert... that's all. Keep it simple.


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    Dec 24, 2015 7:44 AM GMT
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