Thursday, December 25, 2014

Christmas Day

Dinner for four the day after consuming shall we say large meal. I tried to keep it on the small side. I really did try. Keeping it as simple as I could. What can I say. I guess I just can't keep it too simple...
We started with appetizers and cocktails. 
Arancini, filled with Mozzarella with a side of
Marcella Hazan's Tomato Sauce with Onion and Butter.

Parmesan, Rosemary and Thyme Shortbread, from Savory Simple

Christina's Famous Nuts, from Food and Wine.

Fresh Ricotta Crostini with Black Olives,
Lemon Zest, and Mint, from Saveur.
The Ricotta recipe is from What's Cookin' Italian Style Cuisine
This Ricotta is so easy to make. 
If you do nothing else in 2015 make homemade Ricotta.

Dinner started with Cappelletti in my sister's Chicken Broth. Love in bowl!

Not that we need anything after the soup there was the 
Mustard Peppercorn Rib Roast, from
I would like to thank Jeff, who cuts my hair for telling me about 
this recipe. Wow it was very good.
The meat for the four us was under $43. 
There were 2 bones, my favorite part and more than enough meat.
Sides were of course Thyme Popovers and something new. 
Christmas Vegetables, from
Honestly the meat was a little under cooked fom me but as 
Chris was slicing the meat I was thinking about the leftovers! 

After dinner my brother and his wife stopped in after finishing their Christmas visits.
There were Christmas Cookies, coffee and cordials! 
After a large meal I love the way the table looks
with coffee cups and lots of cordial bottles.

And Santa gave me some help in meal planning for 2015!

 Merry Christmas to all and to all a goodnight!


Whats Cookin Italian Style Cuisine said...

WOW that roast looks outstanding! Thank you for trying moms Ricotta glad you liked it... going to have to make this roast as it is so mouth watering. Buon Natale and healthy happy New Year to all of you. xo hugs Claudia

Catherine said...

Dear Lucia, The Christmas dinner looks wonderful. Claudia is right; the roast looks perfect. I will have to give making ricotta a try.
I hope you had a very Merry Christmas. xoxo Catherine