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Indian Christmas 2012

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This year, for the Christmas meal that we get to host with my family, Josh and I decided to go off from the usual traditions and do an Indian themed meal. Between Josh’s dairy allergy and a vegetarian in our midst, we thought this would be a great way to get a variety of dishes to please everyone.

Bonus for me: most of these will only be better by cooking them the day before. Can’t argue with that.

Our drink of choice for the evening isn’t Indian at all, but it is festive. That’s totally fine, right?

Indian Christmas Menu:

Anyone else breaking from tradition this year? Anyone have any traditions that they would never ever break?

Merry Christmas!

Things We Love: Christmas in a Small Town

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Baby tree at one of our favorite breakfast spots

One of my favorite things about the little town where we live is how over the top they go on Christmas decorations. Every store, every restaurant, all down Main street, is full to the brim of Christmas spirit. There’s a huge tree in the middle of the town square, and lights everywhere. They never fail to make me happy, even on the gloomiest of days.

Thanksgiving 2012

It’s Thanksgiving week here in the USA, so naturally our thoughts go to food (even more than they normally do). This marks the first year that I haven’t spent Thanksgiving with extended family, but poor Josh has to work at midnight on Thanksgiving so we’re staying in town. Ah, the joys of retail and Black Friday.

We’ll be celebrating instead with two other orphaned families, so we have a list of things to contribute. I asked our lovely hostess what I could bring, and this is what we’re making:

  1. Mashed potatoes- just your basic mashed potatoes. To me, Thanksgiving is not the time for fancy flavored mashed potatoes, since they simply serve as a vehicle to get gravy into your mouth. This article from the Kitchn does a great job of breaking the process down for perfect potatoes.
  2. Dressing/Stuffing- This is the one that freaked me out a little. I’ve never made dressing, nor am I a huge fan of it. It’s typically bland and either weirdly dry or overly mushy. Josh and I decided to break free of tradition and make this Poblano Cornbread Stuffing. Now I’m actually looking forward to the dish, which I didn’t think was possible.
  3. Vegetable- Easy. Sassy green beans. Like there was ever any doubt.
  4. Wine- Okay, so I actually offered to bring this. You can never have too much booze at the holidays, right?! Instead of just grabbing a few bottles of wine though, I thought I’d make this spiced apple cider sangria. Doesn’t get more autumnal than that.

Anyone else mixing it up a little this year? Or have any traditional dishes that are a non negotiable?

Happy Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving Tradition: Friends

In college I got really into Friends. I bought all the seasons on DVD. While I don’t watch them all the time anymore, I have one yearly tradition in which I bring them all out. Thanksgiving.

Some of the very best episodes are Thanksgiving episodes. Every year about a week before Thanksgiving we watch a couple of episodes a night in preparation for our big meal. Here’s a recap:

Season 1: The One Where Underdog Gets Away
Everyone would rather be somewhere else, Monica has a meltdown, and Underdog gets away.
Favorite moment: When Monica and Joey split a grilled cheese sandwhich, Joey wishes for the large half.

Season 2: The One with the List
Not really Thanksgiving-y so I usually skip it.

Season 3: The One with Football
Monica and Ross bring up old childhood rivalry over the pigskin.
Favorite moment: When Rachel goes “really long” and gets a pretzel. I’d totally do that too.

Season 4: The One with Chandler in a Box
To try to salvage their friendship Chandler spends Thanksgiving in a box.
Favorite saying: His reasons were threefold. I say this all the time.

Season 5: The One with all the Thanksgivings
This is my very favorite Friends episode. I won’t spoil it for you.
Favorite moment: The whole episode is classic, but if I had to pick it would be Rachel and Monica rubbing weird things on their body trying to be sexy. I also do this all the time… not really, but it’s happened a few times. Nothing turns my husband on more than rubbing a mac and cheese box on me.

Season 6: The One Where Ross Got High
When Monica’s parents spend Thanksgiving with the friends it comes out that Ross blamed Chandler for his getting high.
Favorite moments: Phoebe’s obsession with Monica and Ross’ dad and the traditional English trifle.

Season 7: The One Where Chandler Doesn’t Like Dogs
Eh, this is my least favorite of the Thanksgiving episodes. Chandler doesn’t like dogs and Phoebe is secretly dog sitting in the apartment.

Season 8: The One With the Rumor
Brat Pitt spends Thanksgiving with the gang. One of my top 10 favorite episodes. He hates Rachel Green.
Favorite part: Brad Pitt

Season 9: The One With Rachel’s Other Sister
Rachel’s other sister visits and Chandler convinces Monica to use their wedding china.
Favorite moment: the last scene where Chandler breaks all the plates.

Season 10: The One with the Late Thanksgiving
The bittersweet last Friends Thanksgiving. Everyone is late causing a riff between the Bings and everyone else.
Favorite moment: The floating heads.

What is your favorite Friends episode? Do you have a Thanksgiving tradition?

Foodie Friday: What I’m making for Thanksgivings

Yes, Thanksgivings because I’m so thankful I have to celebrate it three times. Not really, I’m sort of horrible that way.

The last couple of years I’ve hosted my husband’s (and sometimes members of my own) family for Thanksgiving. I was initially pretty nervous about having the pressure of The Turkey on me, but I enjoy having family over and providing a lovely meal for them. It’s one of my love languages, lovely meals. One of the lesser known love languages. I’m special like that.

my first turkey

This year my sister-in-law wanted to host and who was I to stop her? I don’t have to clean my house! Hooray! But first we have to go to my grandparents house for Thanksgiving with my family. Two thanksgivings, one day. I’m willing to sacrifice my waistline for family.

I’m not coming empty handed. I plan on making the following:
Roated Feta with Thyme Honey as an appetizer
– Allyn’s Sassy Green Beans (Which she needs to post here at some point)
– pumpkin pie (which I’m going to make two of and eat one for breakfast while we watch parades… it’s our little secret)

I won’t lie, the masochist in me was really disappointed that I don’t get to cook a turkey and have to figure out what to do to use it all up before it goes bad. I want leftovers, damnit.

So I decided to have my own Thanksgiving meal with all my favorite foods. Here’s what I’m making for Fakesgiving:

Make ahead turkey
– Brussel sprouts and bacon
Mac and cheese
– My grandmother’s green bean casserole
– some form of sweet potatoes, either in gratin or scalloped
– Pecan pie

What are your favorite Thanksgiving dishes or traditions? Are you have just as many Thanksgiving meals as me? Am I crazy?

Its beginning to look a lot like Christmas?

Christmas is my favorite time of year. I love it. I spend 9 months out of the year thinking about gift ideas and how to decorate my house for the joyous holiday. But there is a time and a place for everything.

I have seen/heard about people putting their Christmas tree already. Four separate instances. The second was when I was getting my haircut. Shawn was telling me about one of his clients who put up their tree because their daughter loves it. They decided not to put anything outside yet so their neighbors wouldn’t think they were crazy or something.

My neighbors don’t feel that shame. I drove down the next block this morning and they had wreathes and lights up.

I’ve also seen people put pictures of their tree up on Facebook. Don’t they know I want to publicly humiliate them?! I have a strict no Christmas until after Thanksgiving rule.

Is it just me, or is Christmas coming too early this year? I’ve never noticed people decorating this early. Stores, yes. But it seems a little early to be putting up the tree. I still have Halloween candy!

What do you think? When do you start decorating for Christmas?