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.
- Salad – Baby Spinach and Arugula, Tangerine, Avocado and Feta with Orange Vinaigrette
- Grits A Ya Ya
- Pecan Encrusted Mahi Mahi served over Butternut Squash Risotto
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.
- Parmesan Spread
- Salad – Mixed Greens with Sundried Tomatoes, Red Onion, Avocado and Garlic Dressing.