Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Christmas Eve Menu done...

So I was having trouble coming up with an easy menu for Christmas Eve but I finally came up with one.

We are having: BLT Salad, Chunky Potato Soup and Sandwiches.

and for Dessert:  The Pioneer Womans Peanut Butter Pie 


Chunky Potato Soup:

4 medium potatoes, peeled and cubed
3/4 cup chopped onion
1 small carrot, chopped
1/4 cup chopped celery
1 1/2 cups chicken broth
3 tablespoons butter, cubed
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
2 1/2 cups milk
1 tablespoon minced fresh parsley
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1 cup shredded Swiss cheese
In a large saucepan, combine the potatoes, onion, carrot, celery and broth. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 12-15 minutes or until vegetables are tender; lightly mash.
Meanwhile, in a small saucepan, melt butter; stir in flour until smooth. Gradually stir in milk. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Stir into potato mixture. Cook and stir until thickened and bubbly. Add parsley, salt and pepper. Remove from the heat; stir in cheese until melted.

Courtesy of Allrecipes.com

BLT Salad


  • 1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil, plus a drizzle
  • 6 slices thick cut bacon, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, grated or minced and crushed with flat blade of a knife
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 2 tablespoons white balsamic vinegar or white wine vinegar
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 tablespoons chopped chives
  • 1 large heart romaine lettuce
  • 1 head Traviso lettuce or radicchio
  • 1 pint multi colored, red or yellow cherry tomatoes


Heat a drizzle of olive oil in a skillet over medium-high heat and add bacon, cook until crisp then drain on paper towels.
In a salad bowl, whisk together the garlic, mustard, vinegar and stream in extra-virgin olive oil to incorporate the dressing, season with salt and pepper and stir in chives. Shred lettuces and add to the bowl. Halve the cherry tomatoes and add to the bowl along with bacon. Toss salad to coat evenly with dressing and serve.
Eclipse and Eclipse Movie


Daria said...

I am sooo going to try that soup recipe if it ever gets cold here.. (I'm in Central Florida and to me, 50 degrees just isn't cold enough!)

I'm also loving your Eclipse Countdown! I haven't seen the movies (YET) but I'm reading the books. I think I want to finish them before I watch them.. I'm weird like that! =)

Delisa said...

Can I just come over and eat with you?

Karen said...

That potato soup looks perfect for a cold winter's day. Enjoy your Christmas!


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