Good Eats

Christmas Day

We spent most of Christmas day prepping for dinner, in a very relaxing way, and enjoying a visit from The Papps. Our Moms and the Tomsics arrived for dinner about 4. We drank wine and opened gifts.

Dinner was served at 6. The menu consisted of roasted turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, corn soufflé, roasted green beans, cranberry salad and rolls. The turkey was good and nicely carved by Chris!

The table was super simple but with lots of candles. I love to use our long wood table. For the first time I set up a buffet on the side chest. It worked well.

Sadly, due to a little illness, the Smiths did not make dinner, but did send over these delicious pies.

The evening had a good vibe! 


Jan’s Fresh Corn Side

Jan made this delicious corn dish when Chris and I were in Danville about 2 weeks ago. She served it with BBQ ribs and chicken, grilled zucchini and sourdough bread. Super simple and so good!

Fresh corn on the cob, cut from cob

Fresh pepper, diced (sweet or hot)


Salt and pepper

Saute corn in ample butter until golden.

Add diced pepper. Saute more.

Add salt and pepper to taste. Note cute spoon.Enjoy.


Homemade Granola

Our most recent dietetic intern gave us all jars of homemade granola on her last day. It was good! She passed on the recipe to me and I made it this weekend. The finished product was a little more “golden” than I wanted, but it tasted good, and had good crunch. We have already added to to oatmeal and yogurt. 

Homemade Granola

Makes 8 cups

4 cups old-fashioned oats

1/2 cup coarsely chopped almonds

1/2 cup coarsely chopped pecans

1/2 cup coarsely chopped dried cherries

1/2 cup sweetened coconut flakes

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

pinch of salt

1/3 oil (50% vegetable oil; 50% refined coconut oil)

1/4 cup honey

1/2 cup light brown sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper. In a large bowl, stir together oats, almonds, pecans, cherries, coconut, cinnamon and salt. Set aside.
  2. In a small saucepan, combine oil, honey and sugar. Bring to a boil and remove from heat. Stir in vanilla. Drizzle syrup over oat mixture. Toss with a wooden spoon. Pour granola onto baking sheet and spead evenly. Bake, stirring every 5 minutes, until light golden (about 20 minutes). Let granola cool completely on a wire rack. Break into chunks. Store in an airtight container.