Christmas Dinner

Sorta Sticky Chicken on yellow rice. I put frozen peas in the rice cooker after the rice was done so they’d thaw. I am still slightly tickled that the directions in the recipe say to brown the chicken pieces in the pan, but not too hot or the sugars will burn. The fine line between browning the chicken and burning the sugars in the marinade coating the chicken was crossed in the making of this dish. The burnt sugars did lend some nice color, not to mention flavor. We give this two thumbs up. I’m thinking this would be a killer sous vide recipe, with a short stint under a broiler just before service to give it that nice crust. Now that I’m thinking about it, I gave myself a nice induction counter top burner that might be the better thing for it. I put it away and I never remember I have it. I should rearrange the small appliance drawers and keep it in there.

UPDATED with PHOTOS Roasted Turkey with Bourbon and Maple Syrup

Updated: This was the most amazing turkey I’ve ever prepared, even the leftovers were moist and tender. The skin was crisp and golden.

It was simple enough and worked perfectly on the first try on Thanksgiving Day.  It was a good risk and I’m glad I took the plunge. I love Michael Symon’s recipes. His Rib Roast is my go-to every Christmas.


From the original post:

This looks simple enough that I’m not worried about trying it for the first time on Thanksgiving Day.

This Thanksgiving Michael Symon has been posting recipes and videos for a complete dinner. Link here (you don’t need a FB account to read or watch). I’m fascinated with covering the turkey with cheesecloth.  I’ll roast it in the oven, instead of on the wood pellet grill, so I can keep a good eye on it.

I’ll add photos once I’ve actually prepared the recipe.   Updated with photos.

Michael Symons’ Roasted Spatchcock Turkey

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Christmas Eve Dinner Menu: Guests’ Choice

Our annual Christmas Eve dinner has always been guests’ choice. And has become tradition, Spinach Lasagna is the requested main course.

We are really looking forward to getting together this year, especially with the newest addition.  We are still deciding between a movie or a board game, but I have both on hand, so we don’t have to decide until after dinner.

On the board:

  1. Spinach Lasagna
  2. Collard Greens with Bacon
  3. Garlic Cheese Bread
  4. Ice Cream Sundae Bar

This recipe takes about an hour to prepare and another hour to cook. It easily serves 6 – 8. I make this the day before and refrigerate. It will need additional cooking time to bring the center up to temperature.


Spinach Lasagna


  • 3-15 oz cans tomato sauce
  • 2-6 oz cans tomato paste
  • 14 oz can diced tomatoes
  • 2 tsp oregano, crushed
  • 2 tsp basil, crushed
  • 2 tsp crushed garlic
  • 1 medium carrot, peeled & finely grated
  • pinch of sugar (reduces acidity of the tomatoes)
  • Optional: ½ lb ground beef and ½ spicy Italian sausage, browned

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Trixie At 10 Weeks And Holiday Update

She’s 10 weeks old already and making great progress.

She sleeps at my feet while I work and next to Scout other times. The blanket I folded and put down for her to sleep on has become an unexpected indicator of her growth. I’m going to have to unfold it soon.  Here she was last week at 9 weeks.

Today she and Scout went outside where she followed Scout around like a little mini-me and Scout tried not to look annoyed.  They’ve been playing pretty well at night before bed, Scout helping me tire out the puppy so she sleeps through the night.

This weekend I’m putting together recipes for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day – I’ll highlight spinach lasagna, herb encrusted rib roast and the no-baste turkey I made for Thanksgiving.

Until then…



Dressing with chicken in gravy, beans, mac, and cranberries. There would be honey cinnamon sweet potatoes on the plate had I not forgot to fetch them from the microwave.😢