Friday, January 11, 2013

Some Sweet Meals for Christmas


Christmas Day wouldn’t be complete without a delicious meal on which to gorge ourselves. Amazingly, neither of us ate too much! It was just Hubby and I for our yummy Christmas Dinner today. And it was so nice.

We had ham. It was in the slow cooker all day, which meant that it was oh-so juicy and practically perfect in every way.


We had cheesy potatoes, which I would have been fine with as the solitary dish of the day. I made a huge batch, and we munched on them for many a day after. In fact, the last meal of these potatoes was used to make breakfast burritos.

Breakfast burritos from made-from-scratch cheesy potatoes. I’ll just sit here to think about that for a few minutes…


Of course, we had to have something fun to drink to celebrate such a wonderful day. So Martinelli’s Sparkling Apple-Grape it was! And it was delicious. Cold grape juice is one of my favorite drinks in the whole wide world.


It was fizzy and grapey. Perfect!


And last but certainly not least for our Christmas Day feast (I could rap!) was bacon-wrapped asparagus. Somewhere along the line, Hubby told me that he actually liked asparagus. So I try to include it in as many fun meals for him as I can.

And the slightly-sweet brown sugar sauce that I made and poured on top made this really incredible. It was such a nice balance of salty and sweet!

Hey, we ate our vegetables today!


A few days later, we still had some ham left in the fridge. Is there any better sandwich than using a giant ham like that?!

Since the ham was still delicious, I decided to make a recipe from my new cookbook to use it up. Hubby gave me this America’s Test Kitchen cookbook for our anniversary a few months ago. I can honestly say that it’s the best cookbook that I’ve ever owned, and maybe the only one that I’ll ever need!

Their recipe for Split Pea Soup just happened to be on PBS when I sat down for a quick bite of lunch. So I watched. And for the first time in my life, I said to myself, “Man, that Split Pea Soup sure looks good.”

I checked my book, which has every single recipe from every single season of their twelve. Yup, it was in there! So make Split Pea Soup I shall.


For some reason, we were experiencing a split pea shortage in Mesa. I went to three stores before I finally found some. Maybe I should have taken that as a sign to not make a green soup. I’m glad that I moved forward with peas and made it anyway.

Of course, making a small batch of their homemade Butter Croutons to top our dinner only made things better.


We ate this thick, hearty, and healthy soup for a few days as well, since the batch was gigantic. But it was so incredibly good!

So that’s a wrap-up of our yummy Christmas (and post-Christmas meals). What was the best thing that you ate over the holidays?

1 comment:

  1. Looks like a delicious Christmas dinner. It kind of makes me sad that you guys were all alone!

    The split pea soup looks really good. I'm sure my kids would never eat it though. Too bad!


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