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December 21, 2009

We finally got a start on some baking tonight, making Lavender Shortbreads and Oatmeal Cookies with Chocolate, Butterscotch, Pecans and Coconut.  The Divinity is divine.  We’ll bake more cookies tomorrow, Almond Shortbreads and plain ol’ Chocolate Chip. And there’s a birthday cake to be baked too. Those will be on the blog in the next day or two. Then it’ll be on to the big holiday dinners we’re hosting.

Christmas Eve has traditionally meant fish and seafood for R’s family.  An Italian version.  We’ve never hosted this dinner before and this time it’ll be for 15.  It’s going to be a challenge because I live in a house with more seafood-haters than seafood-lovers.  And honestly, I’m not wild about clam sauce or mussels myself.  At least there are plenty of seafood-lovers among the guests.

So what to do?  We’ll stick with the fish and seafood but there’s nothing Italian about it. After eating at The Fish House this week and enjoying World Famous Grits A Ya Ya and one of their featured dishes, I was inspired.  I’ll make a small amount of each dish with chicken for those who are crazy enough to turn up their noses at fresh shrimp and flaky Mahi Mahi.

While all of that cooking is going on, the ‘gravy’ will be simmering as a head start on Christmas Day’s classic Italian dinner.   That’s one tradition we’ve stuck with and my very Southern family loves it, even if it’s not ham and another turkey!  Christmas afternoon there’ll be eight of us sitting down to enjoy a garlicky feast.

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1 Mary December 21, 2009 at 2:36 am

And, what time shall I be there???? :)

Seriously, sounds AMAZING! And thanks for that Ya Ya link!!! Now I don’t have to try to develop it on my own, which I had planned to do after seeing it on the menu.

How people can NOT love seafood is beyond me … are you going the whole 7 fishes route?

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2 Karen Bove December 21, 2009 at 8:24 am

Drinks and appetizers at 6 with dinner to follow! I’m really glad I found the Ya Ya link too. Saves me a lot of aggravation trying to recreate something similar.

And nah, the mahi and seafood are enough without torturing the seafood-haters with seven!

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3 Shelly December 21, 2009 at 9:15 pm

You know how bad I am wanting Bove style Christmas dinner. And all I get is the normal turkey dinner for dinner how yuck!. Would you email me some meatballs? =)

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4 Karen Bove December 21, 2009 at 10:25 pm

I wish I could email food! Next year you guys will have to introduce the Idahoans to a Bove Christmas.

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