Gentle Readers, there are very few things The Practical Cook has not attempted for the Christmas menu, and several of them set off the smoke alarm. From the multi course meals (appetizers, soup, salad, main, dessert) to the roasted goose (never again), there is little uncharted culinary territory. A couple years back we voted, and they chose Pigs in a Blanket. Yes, that’s right.
Did I go all Scrooge and complain? No, I just buy a package of all-beef hot dogs from Trader Joe’s, a package of veggie dogs, and two cans of crescent rolls, and call it a year.
Well, I do a little more than that. Paired with a cheese and fruit plate, some spiced nuts, pate, crudite, stuffed mushrooms, potentially a hot dip depending on my mood, Pigs in a Blanket on the good China makes for a lovely holiday meal. Plus innumerable desserts, lots and lots of desserts.
And it gives The Practical Cook in all of us a chance to open the extra bottle of wine, to sit down for once, to actually participate in the day.
Perhaps this will be our menu for years to come, perhaps we’ll go fancy again another time. Adapt and enjoy, that’s the motto of Team Practical Cook. Happy holidays from our family to yours. May you enjoy the season, and all the food it brings, be it Chinese take-out, tapas, or something altogether different.
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