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A Very Merry Christmas

Christmas Eve

We have a long tradition of sometimes having big holiday meals on days other than their holidays. This year we chose to have our Christmas dinner a day early, so we could run off to the movies on Christmas afternoon. (grin) By choosing little Cornish hens, we got two great meals on the 24th and 25th.

Too small to stuff, the stuffing had to be done outside the birds in a casserole. The Cornish hens didn't come with giblets, so no broth. The gravy started with bouillon and beer -- very yummy. Mrs. Dr. Phil has done mixed root vegetables in a covered foil roasting pan for a number of years. But she found a recipe that actually roasts carrots and parsnips, instead of covering and letting them steam in the oven -- very successful and tasty. Salad, cranberry relish and sweet potato casserole rounded out the dinner. Pumpkin pie, which we'd started on the night before, for dessert.

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Our Christmas Eve dinner. (Click on photo for larger.)

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And Our Christmas Eve chef. (Click on photo for larger.)


We had a 3pm movie date in Holland, a reprise of our fabulous holiday dinner at home, and a surprise evening of The West Wing on Netflix. Saving Mrs. Dr. Phil's stollen for later, we'd gotten another Dresden Christstollen from her friend in Germany, which we paired with some clementines, bananas and... excellent kielbasa from the Allendale Meat Market along with some fresh ground horseradish that Mrs. Dr. Phil had made the other week for a late breakfast. The Christmas morning chocolate fix was provided by a small packet of Godiva milk chocolate covered cashews. (grin)

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The meat market's kielbasa doesn't has as much garlic as my father's, but it otherwise tastes right. (Click on photo for larger.)

I remember the original Yule Log TV program from WPIX, both the Gracie Mansion film and the improved one. At one point we had a VHS tape of the latter. I found two one-hour videos on Netflix streaming and the second one includes instrumental Christmas music. We ran through the fire twice.

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Nothing like the warm glow of a crackling good fire -- from a cold LCD HDTV screen. (grin) (Click on photo for larger.)

Pat decided that Mrs. Dr. Phil needed a new tea kettle. When Mrs. Dr. Phil went off to Library School, she bought a number of housewares items at the World's Largest Garage Sale in the downtown parking structure in Evanston IL, including an avocado green singing tea kettle. Some time in Laurium MI, the whistling cap broke off and we acquired a Revereware Tea Kettle to match our other Revereware pots and pans. Over twenty-plus years it has gotten a little cruddy on the outside -- and cleaning hasn't helped. The new one is not only nice and shiny, but turns out to be a larger size, too.

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The new versus old Revereware Tea Kettles. (Click on photo for larger.)

Boxing Day

Having pretty much managed to avoid all the shopping malls and stores during the run up to Christmas, we'll pass on the day-after-Christmas madness of bargain seekers and gift returns.

Hope you had a wonderful holiday of whatever persuasion. Merry Christmas and Good Night!

Dr. Phil
Tags: christmas, fine dining, holidays, netflix, photos

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