Post # 1
Did anyone else have to suffer through a yucky holiday meal?
DH’s parents are terrible cooks–Christmas dinner was a dry ham festooned with pineapple chunks, frozen broccoli casserole with Ritz cracker topping, and a corn casserole made with cornbread mix and creamed corn (only thing that was okay). I brought steamed asparagus with vinaigrette and snuck a bowl of roasted cauliflower because I knew what to expect. The kicker is that his dad counts up the guests and serves exactly enough slices of ham, even though there’s a giant ham sitting on the kitchen counter.
Thank goodness for Christmas Eve dinner leftovers! Similar stories, anyone?
Post # 3
I’m sorry for you!!! 🙁
I haven’t had to suffer horrible holiday meals, since both my grandma (when I spent them with my family) and FI’s mother are wonderful cooks!
Post # 4
i don’t celebrate christmas. i met DH on christmas eve, so he cooked me a fabulous feast on tuesday night. we had pistachio crusted pork chops, mac n cheese, ratatouille, and brownie baked in an orange.
on christmas day, we went for chinese food. i wasn’t that impressed with the place we chose. not going back there again.
Post # 5
@skinnypinkmartini: awww, thanks! 🙂 We’re okay though, we know it’s going to be like that so I make a big Christmas Eve dinner for us and our friends. This year, I made a prime rib roast, Yorkshire pudding, brussels sprouts, and mashed potatoes.
@ajillity81: That meal sounds FANTASTIC! Did you take pictures? I’d love to see the brownie in an orange.
Post # 6
We didn’t have a YUCKY Meal per se…
But BOTH Mr TTR & I have had the flu of late… so this Christmas wasn’t up to snuff by any means.
EVERYTHING has been out of wack !!
And Dinner was no different.
We’ve spent the past week alone without seeing Family & Friends and house-bound. So there hasn’t been a lot of “Celebrating” around here.
Christmas Morning I managed to make 2 pies… but that was all the energy I had.
He took over for the main meal… it was ok, but not as fancy / extravagant as the one I usually do for Christmas Day.
He managed the Turkey Breast (just the 2 of us… so No Big Bird this year) – the Salad – and the Stuffing. But we had boiled Potatoes vs Mashed, No Veggie, and No Gravy. He literally RAN OUT OF STEAM.
Don’t get me wrong when we sat down to eat I was grateful (and very very hungry… had no problem putting away seconds… so he did a good job) … BUT I really really missed the Mashed Potatoes & Gravy.
Hopefully, we’ll both recover more this week, and I can put on a nice spread for New Years !!
Post # 7
@MrsLongcoatPeacoat: of course we took pictures, lol.
the brownie tasted much better than it looks.
Post # 8
- Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL
I love my family but they aren’t the best holiday meal preparers so my husband and I usually offer to take care of at least half of the meal and then request their best dishes from them. This year I prepared a drunken turkey roasted breastside down in pinot grigio (it was so juicy it didn’t even need gravy!) My husband finished a bacon wrapped pork tenderloin with a teriyaki glaze that I had marinated overnight in soy sauce and fresh orange juice (new holiday tradition after this year). His mom prepped the starches (roasted potatoes & rolls) and my stepmom made green beans and broccoli salad.
Post # 9
@ajillity81: That meal looks incredible! I always get a wonky flash spark when I take food pictures.
@beachbride1216: I WISH they would let us bring over more! They had never had ribeye steaks until they came over to our house for a BBQ. I think their meal choices have more to do with how/where/when they were raised. Lots of canned veggies, cooked meat in oven bags, etc. My family had a restaurant, so we’re the opposite. We would splurge on food before anything else.
@This Time Round: I hope you feel better soon!
Post # 10
We had soup and appetizers as our Christmas Eve dinner. It is usually a big meal with prime rib and all the delcious sides but my grandmother is getting older and falt out refused to do anything elaborate. My dad offered but she just didn’t want anyone to do it. It was the first dinner for the holidays that didn’t feel…. normal? We will probably be hosting next year for the first time in our new home so there’s that. But it was sad and we went home kind of hungry.
Post # 11
@MrsLongcoatPeacoat: I prepared Christmas dinner so I’ve got my eye on commenters here! LOL
FWIW, I made lasagna. It was super-yum.
Post # 12
- Wedding: May 2013 - Pavilion overlooking golf course scenery, reception at banquet hall
I had a good Christmas meal. My MIL made her family-famous meatloaf with creole sauce, mashed potatoes that probably had more butter and cream than I’m comfortable knowing, cooked carrots, and cooked spinach. I don’t care for cooked spinach (I prefer fresh, or cooked with alfredo or cheese, or in a dip; just not plain cooked). But I was a trooper and ate my helping, and even got seconds of it in addition to everything else, because I’m trying to consciously add more veggies to my everyday diet.
Post # 13
- Wedding: August 2013 - An amazing non-profit retreat
When MIL was here, I made pasticio and caesar salad, and on christmas eve my mom and sister made ham, roasted veggies, mashed potatoes, and spinach salad. Christmas day was my personal fave: husband and I made stuffed boneless pork chops with cranberry port sauce, gnocchi with pesto, roasted yams, and broccoli with cheese sauce. So good!