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Nightmares on Holiday Street 
 
Nov. 20, 2011 8:53 pm 
Updated: Nov. 24, 2011 7:35 am
With the onset of the holiday week, friends and I have embarked on a "shop for friends" effort...  Rose has been to both Fry's and Fresh and Easy (though the latter was for other friends of hers,) I'm slated to  get to Safeway tomorrow, and even Denise called this morning to offer to pick up  the odd item or two... 

From my point of view, I'm making out the best, but then I'm also spending more than either of them... so perhaps percentage wise we're on an even tally...  The nightmare will be sorting out just who owes who what!  I'm guessing that I'd best lay in some cash also, as I'll owe Rose a few $, I'm sure!  Bless her heart, she's picked up 4 turkeys and 3 hams in two days!  All she wanted was part of one ham! 

I at first thought that I'd buzz through the holiday without having to prepare a turkey, but once I'd had a chance to think things through, I double checked... and one of the turkeys that Rose picked up was then for me, to toss in the oven come Thursday - unless I attempt to cook it on the grill...  Naw, while I might try another time, the holiday won't be a good time for a first attempt (don't want to eat at midnight!)  Of course I will also be compelled to make my scalloped corn that I like and only prepare on Thanksgiving due to the quantity.  Then there are the dinner rolls - another "side" that I serve only when there will be a crowd... and thus far, we have no appetizer(s) coming, however there will (as always) be plenty of desserts!  I had thought of making a layered Pumpkin Cheesecake (recipe here at AR,) and while I do have all the ingredients except the "crust," I'm just not sure I need to go to the extent - an appetizer might be more called for! 

The next question is, use the disposable "fine" china and plastic cutlery, or shall I pull out the stops and drag out the "real" china instead?  It's already out of it's cupboard while I'm paining, as is the crystal!  I DO have service for 12!  That would save me from needing to put it all away before the "day..."  I guess that I have time to ponder these questions, and to what extent I want to go in providing dishes that aren't as yet slated to arrive with guests.  Scratch dinner rolls, as Doug ALWAYS brings his orange bread... and scratch the dessert...  Feasably, I could say that all I really need to do is provide the turkey, plates, glasses, cutlery...  So why am I fretting?  Because that's what I do, I FRET!  I love to entertain, but then my "control freak" side comes out (this might be the only situation that IT rises...) 

So, as we are all making our holiday plans, take a moment every day to be thankful... for family and friends, for health, and for the little things such as the beauty of a sunset or sunrise, the joy we feel from a pet... AND for the wonderful foods we are all so obsessed with!  Then there's the thanks to AllRecipes for bringing us together, meeting other folk who share the passions...  You all get my drift, I'm sure!  Have a safe and HAPPY holiday!  Just take a few minutes to be crazy, ok?
 
Comments
Chele 
Nov. 21, 2011 1:46 am
I'd opt for a "bring your own place setting" and let everyone choose whether they want to have to wash their own afterwards or throw it away by using disposable. It could certainly make for an interesting table as well as a topic of conversation. And it would fit in with your suggestion to take a few minutes to be crazy.
 
Chele 
Nov. 21, 2011 1:49 am
BTW, you can get into "baking" by doing it outdoors using a gas grill. There are even pizza stones that can be used to bake pizza on the grill. I'm in Florida and due to the temperatures my friend bakes on her gas grill. 8~)
 
judy 
Nov. 21, 2011 3:05 am
hey Stevie, i know you will have a very nice time & lots of great food and all the friends...sounds great, have fun with it and try not to fret so much..lol...i know you will any way...be well friend...Judy
 
Nov. 21, 2011 6:32 am
>> "disposable "fine" china and plastic cutlery" I hate that stuff. I don't have "fine" china, its more like corningware, and non-bendable some sort of stainless steel made in china stuff.
 
Nov. 21, 2011 8:09 am
Chele, I'd like to have an outdoor kitchen even! I'll settle for a new bbq grill (one that works@) I enjoy cooking outside... As for the place settings, sometime for a dinner party, sure, but for a holiday... think I'll hold off! Judy, I'm sure it'll all be fine, but sometimes I "miss" something that nobody brings... Be well! King, can't help it, but when you have 20 dinner guests, plastic and paper are the only way to go! This year, only us + 10, but still! Takes me all of Friday to clean up as it is!
 
Nov. 21, 2011 9:09 am
20 people!, My goodness. you might need two turkeys.
 
Nov. 21, 2011 3:28 pm
If you are talking those hard plastic, white plates, Ithink yes yes yes, they are fine. My niece is married to a man with 11 bros and sis. They have 40 or more at a holiday dinner. His late mother went out and bought plastic dinnerware, not disposable,think the name is Corelle . Anyway, they have like a setting for 40, packed into a rolling suitcase. Whoever is hosting that year gets the suitcase from the last year's host and that is what they use. Sounds kinda neat to me. Yeah gotta wash it, but it can take rough handling and the dishwasher, and everyone feels equal in presentation every year. What do you think of that?
 
Nov. 21, 2011 4:32 pm
I think covergirl has a great idea. Stevie, don't fret too much, it always works out in the end. The important thing is that you are with people you enjoy and have a good meal and you have that covered!
 
Nov. 21, 2011 6:45 pm
Covergirl, and BigShotsMom... (and others...) my choices are, Dixie brand plates and plastic forks/cups etc, or the REAL THING. Either way, I work all of Friday cleaning up! Thanks for the comments, and "plastic" plates would work, but I buy "Dixie" brand! Be well, friends!
 
Nov. 24, 2011 7:35 am
I am sure whatever you choose will be great, but I think I will post a blog tomorrow when hundreds of us are still in the kitchen cleaning up and present the idea of the rolling dinnerware just to see what response I get. Kinda fun.
 
 
 
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About Me
Started cooking many years ago, and learned as I went. First meal may have been "steak & chips" at age 15, in Birmingham England, where I lived for several years. Mostly grew up in MI, transplanted to the desert 30yrs ago, or so. Favorite cookbook is "Better Homes", also enjoy "Great British Cooking, a well kept secret." Hesitate to call myself "expert," but friends do rave...
My favorite things to cook
Italian has been my "specialty" for some time, and my "signature" meal is Lasagne, salad, garlic bread, which I first made 20yrs ago... from SCRATCH, very first time I made it. (Never again, folks...) Now start with a big jar of sauce!
My favorite family cooking traditions
Thanks to my heritage, I have enjoyed trying foods from different cultures. We still have beer battered fish, and chips of course; ground meat dishes often, chicken occasionally, pork too. I would love to submit a bean dip recipe, however, my ex who gave me the original has passed, and I have no way to verify that it didn't come from another source! I also enjoy British cooking (with a few yankee twists) and once made Plum puddings, also known as Christmas puddings, as far as I know... what an ordeal that was, but well worth the effort. Today, there is mail order!
My cooking triumphs
Greatest triumph was not too long ago, when I held a sit down dinner for 12, Lasagne being the entree. It was a fund raiser I chose to sponsor, and am proud to say that "we" raised over $1000 from that meal alone, minimum donation being $25. All proceeds collected were donated; my partner and I provided the meal and beverages.
My cooking tragedies
MEATLOAF of all things! Went through a stage of "winging" it each time, and I pulled one after another out of the oven that were almost unedible. As yet, not too big on baking... no sweet tooth here! Have dabbled, but find doughs/pastries especially difficult, perhaps as it's 90 degrees in my kitchen much of the year.
 
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