For many the first weekend of December can only mean one thing – time to trim the tree. If you’re a lollygag like me, you might need a little incentive to get started and done before the Patriots kick off on Sunday. Why not invite friends over for dinner on Sunday to see your gorgeous decorations and watch the game.
Think simple and homey. Kick off the evening with a glass of wine and bowls of Spicy Olives and Roasted Almonds. If you feel compelled to take it up a notch, whip up some Smoked Salmon Mousse. Serve the mousse with cucumber chunks and some great artisanal crackers.
For the main course … let dinner bubble and braise while you deck the halls. Your family and friends will be delighted. How about some Beer Braised Beef & Onions or Braised Short Ribs or Pork Stew Paprika? Serve your stew or braise with creamy polenta and broccoli rabe.
Now for dessert … if your friends offer to bring dessert, don’t say no. Otherwise, get a start on your Christmas cookies with a batch of Peppermint Bark Cookies. Serve the cookies with tiny cups of Hot White Chocolate.
Have a festive weekend and bon appétit!
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When we were kids, we decorated the tree on the Sunday before Christmas. Any sooner and it would only heighten the holiday hysteria. When do you trim your tree? Early in December? Christmas Eve? Or somewhere in between? I’d love to hear from you! Let’s get a conversation going.
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