Holiday Special – A Cozy Trim-the-Tree Dinner

Christmas_Tree_Fells_2015_01It’s a few weeks before Christmas. Do you know where your tree is? If you are one of those eager types, it’s in its stand and covered with beautiful decorations. If you are like me, it’s still at the farm waiting for you to bring it home.

I promise I’ll find the perfect tree, bring it home and deck my halls before the weekend ends! After all that decorating, a cozy supper by the fire sounds like a good idea. There’s nothing like relaxing and munching on the couch in front of a crackling fire.

Start with a glass of wine and one (or more!) of your favorite appetizers. Think easy with Roasted Almonds or Rosemary Cashews. If you have some in the refrigerator, add some Spicy Olives.

Maybe you’d like to go with a dip and some fresh veggies and artisanal crackers. If thats the case, then try my Artichoke Pesto, Feta & Walnut Spread, Tapenade or White Bean Hummus.

Unless you like to take it to a whole new level with a still very easy Smoked Salmon Mousse. Or a bit (just a bit) more complicated with Savory Blinis with Smoked Salmon & Caviar, Roasted Shrimp with Tarragon Aioli or a Savory Galette with Spinach, Mushrooms & Manchego.

Too much? How about Mushroom Crostini or Sweet Potato & Goat Cheese Crostini.

Now it’s time to move on a mug of hearty soup or chowder. Delight your family and friends with a delicious Lobster-Corn Chowder or Nana Nye’s Prize-Winning Fish Chowder. Or spice it up with Curried Chicken and Lentil Soup.

You can always go Italian with Tuscan White Bean Soup or Pasta e Fagioli & A Whole Lot More. Or stick to a New England favorite with Potato & Cheddar Soup.

christmas_cookies_04End the evening with a sweet treat. Indulge in a few of the Christmas cookies or candies you made last week. Or maybe some ice cream or gelato (the good stuff) with a dollop of my Death by Chocolate Sauce, luscious Maple Sauce or Caramel Sauce.

Have fun and have a great weekend. Happy holidays and bon appétit!

For a complete list of and links to all the recipes on this blog Click Here!!

What are your plans for the weekend? I’d love to hear from you. Let’s get a conversation going.

Want more? Click here for more seasonal menus! © Susan W. Nye, 2015


4 thoughts on “Holiday Special – A Cozy Trim-the-Tree Dinner

  1. I came across your blog via, via, as one does, but having got here I have been happy to linger. When I feel a little jaded or in need of some culinary inspiration this season, I know exactly where to head. And if the Texan wheather will allow, I’d like to do so in front of a crackling fire. Thank you!


    • Hello Spiralling! Thanks for stopping by. Hope that you are enjoying your adventures in Hungary. I too lived overseas – 17 years in Switzerland and Hungary was in my sales territory. Enjoy the holidays and take care, Susan


      • Wow! 17 years in Switzerland. A beautiful country. I’m in the process of blogging having now moved to your home country and living in Dallas for the foreseeable future (not that the future is really ever foreseeable, particularly in the life of an expat). I love Christmas in America and your blog is going to be a great asset as we establish our own traditions, living so far away from family. I’m particularly interested in your fundraising for Alzheimer research as my gap in blogging was partly filled with a masters in gerontology. Happy holidays!


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