Mon | Extra starch, please
Call them kartoffelpuffers (potato pancakes) or latkes, but make a batch tonight in honor of Hanukkah. Start with thawed frozen shredded hash browns and add grated onion. Season with salt and pepper, form patties and saute in oil until crisp on each side. Serve with applesauce and sour cream.
Tues | Make it easy
Cooking tonight? Hardly. With Christmas galloping toward us, we'll plan on takeout. How about some Greek avgolemono soup with toasted pita and hummus? Go light tonight, for tomorrow we party.
Wed | Rotisserie chicken
Somehow, the store-bought bird doesn't seem quite dressy enough for Christmas Eve. However, if you're the type of family that has a big buffet after church, slice up several birds and arrange the meat on a platter to be used for sandwiches on soft potato rolls, slathered with cranberry jelly and mayo. Now, that's festive.
Thur | Merry Christmas!
I'm all about a big breakfast after the presents are opened. I make homemade sausage gravy, but buy the biscuits frozen. Fry up some bacon and scramble lots of eggs. When I really want to dazzle them, I make the show-stopping Creme Brulee French Toast (recipe below).
Fri | Holiday hangover
With the ribbons and boxes and good intentions still scattered about the living room, seems like tea and toast should be the only thing we eat today. If you've got leftovers, heat them up. If not, grilled cheese sandwiches and tomato soup are good comfort for the holiday weary soul.
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