We haven't spent Christmas or New Year's in Hawaii in quite awhile, so we have forged our own traditions (much improved from one of my first non-Hawaii Christmases, spent at the movie theater watching The Godfather III). For the past 20-something years, we host a Christmas party/crazy gift exchange, go to a friend's home for Christmas Eve and then get together with my cousins on Christmas Day.
This means we do a lot of cooking. Here's what's cooking for Christmas.
Pulled Pork with Apple Calvados Gravy. This was a new recipe from Sunset Magazine, to mixed reviews. Now I'm looking for more ways to use Calvados.
Believe in Brussels Sprouts. I updated this slightly to use non-fat milk and so that you're not left with 1/2 a carton of half-and-half.
Easy Roasted Asparagus, possibly as a tart.
Laurie's Guacamole and Portuguese Sausage Poppers for snacks. Plus my Aunty's inari sushi.
Todd's Pecan Pie. This is his permanent responsibility.
Manju from Shuei-do, San Jose Japantown.
You need to order early and pick up on Christmas or New Year's eve, ideally at 9:00AM, before the manju ladies get impatient with you. Trust me, you do not want this to happen.
Wishing my entire cyber-ohana a Merry Christmas. Thank you for your support, suggestions and for always encouraging me to make Feeding My Ohana a better community!
Peace. Joy. Love.