Christmas menus from Barb’s Kitchen, 2007

My mother-in-law is visiting us this Christmas. She appreciates excellent food, so we plan to have lots of it. Tonight, Christmas Eve, we’ll start with crackers and roasted red pepper hummus. Dinner will be Satay chicken with rice and broccoli. We’ll be nibbling on banket for dessert.

Tomorrow, we’ll be grilling filet mignon. That will be served with Bearnaise sauce (I’ve told Dave that there is a serious shortage of bears around here, so I’ll need to first do some research on making this.) Accompanying this fine meat will be my mother-in-law’s own Cheesy Potato Casserole, braised asparagus, Pear Salad with Raspberry vinaigrette, and sourdough. We’ll finish the meal with Chocolate Mousse. I’m thinking that should hold us for several days!
Meanwhile, if anyone gets desperately hungry while the food is cooking, they can snack on pumpkin bread, banket, molasses cookies, Chex Mix, granola, or muffins. Right now my kitchen is a veritable treasure trove of calorie-laden riches!

Merry Christmas,


  1. I made Jean’s cheesy potato casserole and it is baking in your mom’s oven as I write you. I also made my cranberry/orange relish and a pan of Laura’s Dream Bars. Incidentally, those bars are as good as Laura said. (I had to taste the crumbs OK? and also one piece to be sure) as I cut and transferred them to the serving plate. I think that aside from Aunt Shirley’s tomato-basil bruschetta, it is possible that the cranberry relish might be the only non-fat healthy part of the menu today.
    Have a very blessed Christmas and thank you so much for your musings in Christmas on Purpose. There is much wisdom in your thoughts.
    Love, Aunt Joan