December 22, 2013 ~ Weekly Dinner Menu

Weekly DINNER Menu Sign


Cheesy Sweet & Sour Pomegranate Thai Chicken Enchiladas   *


Pot Roast with Parsley Garlic Sauce  |  Applesauce

TUESDAY {Christmas Eve}

Classic Cheese Fondue with Rustic Bread, Apples, Kielbasa & Raw Broccoli Florets   |  Christmas Trifle  *

WEDNESDAY {Christmas Day}

Honey~Bourbon Glazed Ham  *    |  Scalloped Potatoes  |  Broiled Green Beans with Roasted Lemon Gremolata  |  Cranberry Fruit Conserve


 Ham & Cheese Sandwiches  |  Cranberry Walnut Kale Salad with Cranberry Vinaigrette  *


Cheese Tortellini in Minestrone  

{  *  Denotes a new recipe  }  

A few notes on this week’s menu:

SUNDAY:  Madison does not arrive home from her trip to Pennsylvania until tomorrow so it is just Michael, Max, Mallory & I for Sunday dinner.  Like most of you, we will be out and about trying to cross off the last few items on our Christmas lists.  I wanted something easy yet festive for dinner tonight and these Cheesy Sweet & Sour Pomegranate Thai Chicken Enchiladas caught my eye earlier this week.  The pomegranate sauce sounds wonderful!

MONDAY:  Madison comes home!  Michael, Max & Mallory will pick her up from the airport before lunch and then they will head up to the barn to take care of the horses.  After a week away in Southern Pennsylvania riding other people’s horses Madison cannot wait to see her own.  With everyone out of the house, I will put on Christmas music and wrap presents…one of my favorite things to do.  Throughout the year, I collect specialty ribbons and adornments as I come across them in my travels and I keep them tucked away, reserved especially for Christmas.  I love that the wrapping becomes part of the gift and we often repurpose these specialty items…one year, very wide, sapphire blue velvet ribbon was used to trim a denim jacket of Mallory’s and vintage shoe clips, picked up at a flea market and used to finish the ribbon around a package instead of a bow, were turned into pins which the girls still use to fasten their stock ties when dressed in their riding habit at shows.  I can’t wait to give Maddie a big hug and have us all back together again, just in time for Christmas.  Tonight’s pot roast dinner is simple comfort food…

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 TUESDAY:  A fondue on christmas Eve is part of our holiday tradition and this Classic Cheese Fondue is our favorite.  It is an out-of-the-ordinary, yet simple, dinner the children have enjoyed since they were little.  I have a large coffee table in our family room that gets covered in a tablecloth and our fondue spread is set upon it.  We sit on the floor around the table and dip away as we watch A Christmas Carol.  I like to prepare a special dessert on Christmas Eve, saving a lighter treat as a finish to a large Christmas dinner.  When the children were younger, we all agreed that Santa probably got tired of having cookies at all of his stops so he always enjoyed a plate or bowl of our special dessert adding a bit of variety to his long night.  This year, a Gingerbread~White Chocolate Mousse Trifle will be our holiday treat.  {Some of the gingerbread set aside and served warm with this Rosemary~Apple Butter would make a lovely breakfast on Christmas morning.}  

WEDNESDAY:  We usually reserve a baked ham for Easter dinner but this year it is making an appearance on our Christmas dinner table.  I will be following this recipe for Honey~Bourbon Glazed Ham.  Scalloped potatoes, Broiled Green Beans with Roasted Lemon Gremolata and this Cranberry Fruit Conserve {minus the raisins and nuts} will round out our feast.  Dessert will be Honey & Spice Poached Pears with Vanilla Whipped Cream.

THURSDAY:  Following our Christmas dinner yesterday, ham sandwiches are a given for tonight’s dinner.  This Cranberry Walnut Kale Salad with Cranberry Vinaigrette will keep things light.

FRIDAY:  After a food intensive week, we are all ready for an easy dinner on the lighter side.  This Cheese Tortellini in Minestrone will give us a healthy dose of vegetables and cooking the soup in my crock pot will leave me with little to do come dinner time.

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On that note, I am going to retreat to my family and home for the next couple of weeks.  I will post a Weekly Menu next Sunday but regular posting will resume after the New Year’s holiday.  My best wishes to you all for a very Merry & Blessed Christmas!

K Initial

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