Since I love to cook, and love to eat even more, I am seldom at a loss when it comes to menu planning. But here's a BIG confession, I have no idea what I'm serving for Christmas dinner. There will be 10 people to feed so this question deserves a good answer. I've considered my favorite beef tenderloin recipe but for some reason, I can't get excited about it. I certainly don't want another turkey.
Part of the problem is I'm cooked out from Thanksgiving, all the birthdays and cookie party. See, even the most dedicated cooks get burned out sometimes. It's not like I haven't been researching the issue either. I've checked my most reliable cookbooks and websites and magazines. Nothing catches my fancy. I thought about lamb but some members of the family don't eat lamb. I can't criticize, I refuse to eat veal. I thought about a crown roast but that seems like more trouble than I care to undertake right now. I'm thinking elegant, delicious but easy. I thought briefly about fish but that seems very odd and would not go over well with my family. I'd almost like to hire someone else to do the cooking! Now I bet several of you are really shocked and don't think I'm not serious. However, if I did that, my family would probably disown me and be terribly disappointed.
So what will you be having for your special meal at Christmas? Do you trot out another turkey? Ham will most likely be a top contender for many but we always have ham and cheese grits right after church on Christmas Eve. That is very much a tradition in our family and I can't change it. I ran the idea past my husband and met with stiff resistance. So let him cook I thought.
I do get a chance to relax this weekend with NO cooking for me. I'll kick back with more cookbooks, take some opinion polls and check more websites. Next week, hopefully Tuesday, I'll have that menu squared away and a grocery list started. Maybe we should just grill hamburgers.................