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Christmas Day Menu

Our Christmas traditions have grown and changed throughout the years, but this particular menu has been in place since the mid-1990's.

Christmas Day Brunch

The first thing you do for this brunch menu, of course, is to squeeze the oranges and arm yourself with mimosas while you fix the rest of the meal.

Christmas Day Dinner

At our house, I get the steamed pudding and butter sauce going ahead of time, even the day before. You can also cook the wild rice ahead; I usually cook the rice in the morning, then about 30 minutes before serving time sauté some mushrooms and onions in plenty of melted butter, add to wild rice mixture and heat in oven.

Jay fixes the roast and the yams while I take on the Yorkshire pudding and green veggie. (If it's asparagus, serve with Hollandaise Sauce on a chrome plate....) Probably the biggest effort for us is planning which dish gets cooked where - fortunately we have a counter-top convection oven/broiler, so the yams go in that while the rice and veggie are stove-top dishes. While the Yorkshire Pudding is baking, we cover the roast with foil and let it sit out of the way (inside the microwave is a good place, just don't cook it any more!).

Satiety, n. The feeling that one has for the plate after he has eaten its contents, madam.
--From The Devil's Dictionary by Ambrose Bierce