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Sunday, December 23, 2012

Week 309 Menu

After a beyond-insane December, this weekend I could finally breathe a bit and start to just enjoy the season. It makes me feel, quite simply, happy.

We celebrate Christmas in our home, so we have a Christmasy week ahead of us!

– Chinese take-out (a Maynard family Christmas Eve tradition that I greatly appreciate!)

Swedish Meatballs
– Red potatoes
– Green beans

– Leftovers

– Taking the girls to the Nutcracker that afternoon in San Francisco, so we’ll probably grab a bite out somewhere

– Both sets of parents are in town, so I’m going to just play it by ear

In addition to Swedish meatballs, we will of course be having bulle (Swedish cardamom bread). Oh, I can’t WAIT for that to come out of the oven!

I a excited to see what food traditions your family has this week! And, if you’re not celebrating Christmas, please still post as I will need your menus next week when we get back into a normal routine.

Happy Holidays!


  1. Sun: Creamy Red Beans and Rice

    Mon: Burgers, Alexia Fries, Pasta Salad (reg for the meat eaters, homemade black bean for me)

    Tues: Italian Christmas Pasta Bar, Garlic Bread, Salad, and Cheesecake

    Wed: Burritos, Spanish Rice, Beans

    Thurs: Salmon, Quinoa, Veggies

    Fri: Panini, Chips, Veggies, and Cuties(whatever each of us wants)

    Sat: Breakfast for Dinner (eggs, bacon, waffles or pancakes)

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    I don’t have my whole week planned, but here is our Christmas menu.
    Roasted leg of lamb.
    Roasted parsnips and potatoes
    Yorkshire pudding
    Roasted carrots and brussel sprouts
    Bread rolls

  3. Enjoy Christmas with all the little ones. Our 2.5 year old knows that it’s Christmas and knows that Santa is coming. When you ask her what she wants, she says “presents.” I like it. Low expectations.

    No idea what the rest of the week looks like, but Christmas dinner for 13 is…

    Eggplant Milanese
    Roasted potatoes
    Shaved parmesan brussel sprouts
    Sauteed spinach


    And four growlers of beer. After all, my family is coming over. 🙂

    I’ll have photographic evidence at my blog (shameless plug).

  4. Sunday: Steak, mashed potato/celery root, green salad, pumpkin pie

    Monday: Christmas Eve feast
       Individual pizzas
       Summer sausage, cheese and crackers
       Nut bread topped with cream cheese and olives (or not…depending on your taste )
       Creamed Swiss chard
       Christmas cookies! Nom, nom!!

    Tuesday: Dinner for 11!!

       Rib roast
       Sweet Potatoes with Maple and Bourbon
       Cornbread Stuffing
       Balsamic Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Cranberries
       Yule log!..I’m lobbying for a new family tradition. I can’t even count the different flavor variations for years to come!

    Wednesday – Saturday: Family in town; but I suspect we’ll eat leftovers (if there are any!!), go out several times and whip up some quick, yummy meals

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    Sun: Stuffed Beef Braciole with Angel Hair, Frisee Salad with poached egg, and Pots de Creme for dessert. (My BF and I had our own little Xmas tonight. We always try to cook something special.)
    Mon: Dinner with parents
    Tues: Breakfast Casserole in the morning at my parents (it’s my favorite tradition). Then Xmas dinner with my BF’s family. I’ll be making a chocolate creme pie.
    Wed: PW’s Chicken and Noodles, Salad with blue cheese, pecans, and dried cranberries
    Thurs: Pan-Fried Pork Chops, Braised Turnip Greens, and Steamed Cauliflower with Cheese Sauce
    Fri: Christmas Dinner with BF’s Dad’s family
    Sat: Work late

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    Kim from PA

    This week is full of celebrations, gatherings, & great food. I can’t even begin to make a menu.

    We will be with my side of the family at my parents house for Christmas dinner. We have turkey and ham and a variety of sides & fabulous wine 🙂 The “tradition” is eating off the Christmas china…..I love it!

    Merry Christmas to All!!!!

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    Lynn bb

    Looking forward to Christmas and being on vacation for two weeks. Here is our menu:

    Sunday: Roasted chicken, mashed potatoes, homemade rolls(testing recipe for Christmas, they were great), asparagus
    Monday: fondue
    Tuesday: Going to a friend’s for dinner, I am bringing sausage dip, broccoli cheese casserole and rolls
    Wednesday: out
    Thursday: pasta
    Friday: crispy Caesar chicken, salad
    Saturday: out with friends

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    Sunday – Alfredo pasta bake w/ leftover rotisserie chicken and sauteed veggies.
    Monday – Early dinner at friends house (tacos). Trader Joe’s yummy snacks/dessert as hubby and I stay up wrapping present for the kids.
    Tuesday – Red and green pancakes for Christmas breakfast. Christmas dinner: Honey glazed ham, sweet potatoes, cauliflower gratin, asparagus, rolls. Apple pie and ice cream for dessert.
    Wednesday – Breakfast casserole from leftover ham.
    Not sure the rest of the week. Kids wanna go out to CPK one day. I’m sure plenty of leftovers. Probably cranberry meatballs in the crock pot over rice one night, w/ broccoli.

    Merry Christmas!!

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    Sun – Chicken fajitas, Spanish rice, refried beans

    Mon – probably spaghetti (this is an easy meal week!)

    Tues – smoked turkey, ham, green beans, mashed potatoes, pineapple casserole, family coming over bringing candied sweet potatoes, desserts…

    Wed – Mon – visiting family

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    Sunday: Christmas at my parents (we bumped to here due to my mom and sister’s schedule- normally we do christmas eve with them)

    Monday: I was watching A Christmas Story with my kids decorating the tree and decided that we too will be having Chinese take-out tonight! Just no Christmas duck!

    Tuesday: Prime rib, baked potatoes, green beans, salad, rolls, appetizers/snacks, strawberry trifle

    Wednesday: Hubby cooks. Leftovers- probably soup

    Thursday: Hubby cooks. Lasagna from the freezer

    Friday: pizza night

    Saturday:Depends on the leftover situation…. otherwise, ham, cheesy potatoes, green beans

  11. Only have Christmas planned and tonight is our julbord which is Swedish for Christmas table and we are having:
    Red beet salad
    Sill – herring in mustard sauce
    jansson’s temptation – potato au gratin type dish with anchovies
    Meatballs – I guess Swedish since that is where we are eating them but to us they are just normal! 😉
    Princekorv – a cocktail type of sausage
    Cheese – traditional red waxed ball of cheese
    Red Cabbage
    Hard bread

    That is just for two but we could not skip any traditional food!

  12. Christmas dinner is:

    – Crown Roast of Pork with Apple Stuffing
    – Sweet Potato Rolls
    – Breaded Brussels Sprouts
    – Creamed Onions
    – Burgundy Mushrooms
    – Panna Cotta with Blackberry Sauce

    and breakfast is cranberry eggnog cinnamon rolls

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    Sunday: Tortilla soup and sfinci ( I pronounce it sphinge) An Italian family tradition for Christmas eve but we do it on the 23rd since we go out to Chinese on Christmas Eve now.
    Yeast, flour, salt, evaporated milk, water…..let it rise and fry it in a pot of oil. Dip in warm honey or sprinkle with confectioner’s sugar. Nothing tastes like Christmas like sfinci. Been eating them for 47 years!
    Monday: Chinese restaurant….got the idea from The Christmas STory movie
    Tuesday: Breakfast Green chlie frittata with sour cream and salsa Love this stuff, lighter than most breakfast casseroles
    quick and easy monkey bread, I use vanilla pudding instead of butterscotch like recipe says

    Dinner, ham, scalloped potatoes, green bean casserole, cranberry winter pudding
    no wonder I am a chubby one, look at all this food…LOL

    Tuesday: Leftover ham
    Wed: Linguine and clam sauce
    Thurs-Sun…depends on what we are doing with boys home from college and hubby off work.

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    Sunday – Leftovers
    Monday – Whole family in for after church. Chick fil a chicken, Shrimp, pierogi, taco coleslaw, carrot and raisen salad, antipasta salad, buffalo chicken dip, fruit salad, cheeseballs, meat and cheese tray, all the candy and cookies we could eat.
    Tuesday – “Merry Christmas” Ham, scalloped potatoes, potato salad, green bean casserole, deviled eggs, rolls, cheesecake and cookies
    Wednesday – Shrimp and pasta, salad, garlic bread
    Thursday – Leftovers
    Friday – More leftovers
    Saturday – Out for hubbys birthday

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    oops…Should be taco salad, coleslaw

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    Sunday: Our annual “Cookie Party” with friends – some appetizers and a LOT of Christmas cookies…
    Monday: Chinese takeout and Disney movies to watch…
    Tuesday: At my English mother-in-law’s: some kind of roast and Yorkshires and roast potatoes and veggies…then we have dessert at our house, including cookies and pies and a pudding…
    Wednesday: my family Christmas, when everyone can get together – we’re doing “7 fishes” modified (we can never eat all 7 fishes, so this year we’ve pared it down to 4 fishes, lol)…
    Thursday: LEFTOVERS (including Chinese food)
    Friday: LEFTOVERS (including Christmas breakfast)
    Saturday: LEFTOVERS (including “4 fishes”)

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    We don’t do Christmas…but still gotta eat! So,
    here’s our menu.

    Mon.- Homemade Chicken soup with Dumpling egg noodles and buttermilk biscuits
    Tues- Homemade Chinese… pepper steak w broccoli and kung pao chicken with fried rice, french toast casserole
    Wed- Chicken Carbonara, salad and PW The Bread
    Thurs- Hawaiian Chicken, Aloha sweet potatoes, baked beans, Hawaiian slaw, banana poi and Haupia (coconut milk dessert)
    Fri- Steak, baked potatoes(sweet for me), salad and hawaiian rolls
    Sat- Going to a bonfire/BBQ…so BBQ food, potluck
    Sun- Roast beer butt chicken, smashed taters, green beans, corn and corn muffins

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    ** clean out freezer week **

    Sun – fish & chips
    Mon – out
    Tues – out
    Wed – sesame pork & pea pods stir fry over rice (pork chops in freezer)
    Thurs – Italian sausage & ravioli (both in freezer)
    Fri – steak, grilled potatoes, veg (steak & veggies in freezer)

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    Kristi Stubbs

    After years and years of using my Mother’s Swedish Meatball recipe for our Christmas Eve dinner, I decided to try your recipe for Swedish Meatballs. They were fantastic! I will be using your recipe from now on. Our Christmas Eve dinner also included Swedish Potato Sausage (from Dittmer’s in Los Altos), small red potatoes, rice pudding, lingonberry sauce (from Ikea), and orange rye bread ( I made it in my bread maker with anise seed and orange peel). Thanks for the wonderful meatball recipe!

    • Jane Maynard

      kristi, what a compliment that you loved the recipe and will use it from now on! thank you! I need to make the rice pudding one year, I loved that as a kid… good job on making the bread! my sister found some limpa in burlingame, which made us all very happy! anyway, thank you for your comment!!!

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    Jane Maynard

    hey everyone! thanks for your menus, especially this week when so many of us are taking a break from life! love the christmasy and non-christmasy menus alike!

    anyway, as always, thank you! 🙂

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    Lisa W.

    Better late than never…

    Christmas Eve: Italian MIL makes spaghetti meatballs & homemade sauce & rolls along with corn & salad.

    Christmas breakfast: scrambled eggs, bacon, potatoes, blueberry pancakes, homemade tortillas

    Christmas Dinner: My mom makes Chili Colorado (red chili w/ pork), Mexican rice, refried beans,chili relleno casserole, tortillas.

    Christmas desserts: corn flake crispies, gingersnaps, sugar cookies, pumpkin pie, chocolate dipped marshmallows & pretzels

  22. I’m on a big old road trip from Boston to Florida (and back). I’ve enjoyed a Philly cheesesteak, BBQ, and lots of other good food! Enjoy the holidays!

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    Oh My Golly! I made the Swedish meat balls last night! Out of this world. Great winter comfort food. Thank you.

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