I was so excited for Christmas this year. In my family we celebrate Christmas Eve and go our separate ways on Christmas Day. This year was my first time hosting Christmas Eve dinner. Since I was hosting, I got to choose the menu. And since I only cook vegetarian, I chose a vegetarian menu. This was exciting because it was going to be the first 100% vegetarian Christmas Eve.
It took me awhile to figure out the menu–looking through magazines and my cookbooks. I knew I would have dessert in the bag–I can always count on Dorie Greenspan and Tuesdays with Dorie for a great pick. I finally found my menu in Sunset Magazine‘s Best of 2009 Holiday Issue.
- Mixed Greens Salad with Spicy Pecans and Pears
- Baked Sweet Potatoes with Apricots and Bourbon
- Lentil Stew with Winter Vegetables
- Italian Bread Torpedo Rolls (from The Bread Baker’s Apprentice)
- Low and Luscious Chocolate Cheesecake (this week’s Tuesdays with Dorie)
- Tarte Tatin (for the non-chocolate lovers, and next week’s Tuesdays with Dorie)
- Cookies (Mexican wedding cookies, brownie bites, vanilla bean elephant cookies, thumbprint cookies)
- Eggnog Ice Cream and Tahitian Vanilla Bean Ice Cream
Well, guess what?? My parents showed up with a HAM. Yes, a ham. They came in with a dome-shaped thing covered in foil and I asked suspiciously, “What is that??!”. Can you believe it?
At least I had plenty of dessert and Veuve Cliquot to console me.
Thank you to Margaret of Tea and Scones for hosting this week. The cheesecake was delicious, baked beautitully, and was a hit with the family. I topped my cheesecake with crushed candy cane to make it a bit festive. If you would like the recipe, please visit Margaret’s blog or buy the book!