Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Christmas Dinner 2017

Christmas was a beautiful day in Southern California. It was nice enough to sit outside, at least for a short time, in the afternoon. Hors d' oeuvres consisted of polenta with fresh shrimp, compliments of Sandi, stuffed mushrooms with spinach and brie, assorted cheeses, prosciutto, brie cheese and some caviar, and Champagne of course.

Dinner was fairly simple. I made lumpy red mashed potatoes with a ton of butter and feta cheese and roasted vegetables with a ginger maple dressing which was good, if I may say so myself. Our entree was supposed to be a 30 lb. turkey which I bought on sale after Thanksgiving only to find out it was too large for my oven. It was a blessing in disguise because I ended up donating it to a church and ordering the Beef Tournedos from Specific Pacific. The filet mignons were marinated in Bordelaise sauce and wrapped in a generous slice of thick bacon. Everyone enjoyed the juicy and tender steak.

I wanted to cover all bases so I had two desserts. I made a Leche Flan which was a hit and I also bought a Smores Pie from Bristol Farms which everyone enjoyed. Terri also brought a homemade Cassava pie.

It was an evening of good food, lots of laughter and love! It was a Merry Christmas indeed.