What I Ate on Christmas: Rack of Lamb and an Almost-Souffle

It was a day of indulgence with my family on Christmas.


breakfast casserole

Christmas Breakfast Casserole

We have a Christmas breakfast tradition that I adore. I assemble a breakfast casserole on Christmas Eve and store it in the fridge. On Christmas morning, I pop it in the oven. As it cooks, we open our presents with the boys. (This year, we waited a long time for it as they worked to solve their Christmas Quest.) But there it was, hot and waiting for us, by the time we were ready.


bird's nest cookies

Dan’s PB&J Bird’s Nest Cookies

Do cookies count as lunch? My son Dan made bird’s nest cookies for the first time, giving a twist to my husband’s grandmother’s recipe by making them with peanut butter and jelly, one of his all-time favorite meals.


rack of lamb

Rack of Lamb with Potatoes and Asparagus

I was very ambitious this year, trying three new recipes, instead of choosing the ham and side dishes I usually serve.

I served rack of lamb, twice-baked potatoes, and asparagus with hollandaise sauce.

It was very decadent, but so special and delicious. I think I found a new Christmas dinner tradition!


Christmas chocolate souffle

Christmas Chocolate Souffle Cake

I failed at my attempt to make a chocolate souffle, one of the tasks on my 101 things list. I could not get peaks to form on my egg whites, so we ended up with chocolate cake instead of a light, airy souffle. (It was still tasty.)

I’ll have to try again, though. I’m thinking cheese souffle.

(UPDATE: Sometimes redemption is cheesy)

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I blog about trying to get out of my comfort zone, completing 101 things in 1001 days (and beyond), and writing my memoirs. My book: Timid No More.

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13 Responses to What I Ate on Christmas: Rack of Lamb and an Almost-Souffle

  1. beebeesworld says:

    I see it was snowy where you live, but the boys had on shorts and t-shirts-sounds familiar. Though I had my big family here and at my aunts, with my son that we lost and my mom and several cousins gone, I longed for the days with young kids and the peacefulness of your photo. Count these as some of the days you will long for and cherish-even without the souffle’.

    • Marcy says:

      Yes, we got a light dusting of snow on Christmas Eve–so perfect. I catch myself missing the times when the boys were smaller, but we have many special times together these days too, and I do cherish them. It’s only a few year until they’ll be off to college. Thank you for your kind message. I wish you a peaceful new year.

  2. Shannon says:

    That all sounds SO good, especially the cookies. Sounds like you all had a wonderful Christmas. Best wishes to your family in 2013. 🙂

  3. Kailey says:

    Even though it was a souffle fail, the chocolate cake still looks great!
    Hope you had a lovely holiday!

  4. Kaitlin says:

    I’m sorry to hear the souffle didn’t work out but a cheese souffle is definitely worth it! They are delish!

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