For the last few years, we’ve been having extra special meals on Christmas day. My sons are now teenagers, and as we’ve let go of some traditions that we had when they were little boys, we’ve also grown to appreciate spending time together relaxing and celebrating.
We continued our tradition of having a breakfast casserole (with sausage, croutons, and cheese) on Christmas morning. I assembled it on Christmas Eve, so I just had to pop it in the oven in the morning. This was the first year that we all slept in and had a late breakfast after opening presents. (I remember the days when we would bargain with them to get to sleep in until at least 5 a.m.)
We had a fantastic Christmas dinner. We received some beautiful filet mignon as a Christmas gift. I served it with homemade Worcestershire sauce, macaroni and cheese, broccoli, and bourbon-glazed carrots. I had never cooked filet mignon before, and–wow!–this was a delicious meal.
I made homemade limoncello for the first time, and it made for a festive refreshment. I steeped lemon peels in grain alcohol for about a week, strained it, and combined it with a simple syrup.
Last Christmas, I tried to make chocolate soufflés, but they didn’t rise, and I ended up with still tasty, but dense chocolate cakes. This year, they rose into these light, rich desserts.
I wish all of you a Merry Christmas and happy holidays.
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