Belated Happy Christmas everyone. I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas celebration and were able to see a lot of family and friends. Keith and I ended up driving all the way to Cooperstown, NY to visit his family. We had a wonderful time cooking, eating, drinking, and just being together. Oh, and if you did not know already Cooperstown has the National Baseball Hall of Fame Museum so it was a requirement to go. I did not know anything about baseball and I still don’t. I did love seeing every picture perfect corner of Cooperstown.
Appetizer: sausage rolls, Christmas cookies 😉
Meats: Rib Roast & Ham
Sides: bacon walnut Brussels sprouts, roasted potatoes, carrots, and turnips, Yorkie pudding (popovers made with roast drippings), green bean casserole
Sauces: gravy, horseradish cream, Coleman’s mustard
Dessert: Christmas pudding with custard sauce
Christmas with Keith’s family is a little different affair than what I was used to growing up. He has an American mother and a British father. They do a couple of quirky things that I enjoy. Before dinner everyone
has to tug open their Christmas crackers at the same time with the help of the person next to you. Inside it there’s typically a paper crown which one has to wear for the entire dinner. There’s also a piece of paper with a cheesy joke and then a little trinket or toy (this year I got a miniature bowling set). The second thing is this pile of flaming…
Christmas pudding! What did you think I was going to say? Every year, Donna (Keith’s mom) serve him a little plate and he always refuses to eat it. It’s not that bad especially after you pour a lot of hot custard on top but I’d say it’s definitely enough to have it only once a year. Donna and I also made some of her Aunt Clara’s cookies (sugar cookies) which I will be writing about next. You’ve got to wait ’til next year for a Filipino-American Christmas dinner.
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