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Don't you love the build up to a big holiday meal??

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Yesterday I made my Sichuan green beans and par baked the potatoes Dauphinoise.

Up early this morning to finish the rolls, which are now baking away in the oven. Once they come out the shrimp will go in.

Took the two lambs out of the fridge and have rubbed them with Julia's mustard glaze, subbing rosemary for the thyme.

Now I am getting ready to make some horseradish sauce and peel and cut the carrots. Later will be the rest of the sides.

Is it too early for a glass of wine??

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  1. It's never too early for a glass of wine!! I love the prep for a big meal too. I love thinking about what I'll make and making it all. The only thing I hate is the clean up!

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    1. re: wincountrygirl

      that's what family ifs for! I cook, they clean, LOL!

      1. re: foodieX2

        It is a tradition in my family. Women cook, men clean. Its the best.

        1. re: docfood

          Maybe I am backwards....I cook she cleans...really!

      2. re: wincountrygirl

        What about the shopping?....I love it...so focused...

        1. re: PHREDDY

          I do the majority of the shopping but thats 'cause I am picky, LOL, plus I enjoy it. Also my husband has no concept of substitutions. So he either wont come home with anything if they don't' have it or he'll come home with $5 spinach because "thats all they had".

          1. re: foodieX2

            "... he either wont come home with anything if they don't' have it or he'll come home with $5 spinach because "thats all they had".

            I never even suspected my husband had another wife somewhere!

            1. re: mcf

              ha! :)

      3. Wine is fine, liquor is quicker!
        BTW...am making John Harters' mint sauce to go along with the lamb...simple...malt vinegar, fresh mint and some sugar...made a small amount yesterday....should be better than Polaner green goop!

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        1. re: PHREDDY

          agreed!! but boy does my husband love that nasty stuff! Wish I had seen that recipe earlier.

          1. re: foodieX2

            Ham is done!
            Lamb underway..
            First glass of wine working it's way to the stomach now!
            Doesn't it feel like three o'clock?

            1. re: PHREDDY

              It's not even noon! Are you ready for a nap? LOL

              My lambs are roasting away too. My husband jsut brought me a a DD iced coffee! I hear the shower calling my name…

              1. re: foodieX2

                With you on the shower..I think it is just us on this thread..
                ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ!!!!!!(:- {
                Later...Enjoy the day!!!

                1. re: PHREDDY

                  You too Phreddy!

                  (and save me some of that sour cream and onion dip!)

        2. I do! Unfortunately our dining room isn't large enough to accomodate more than 6 adults. We squeezed in 6 adults and 2 kids for Thanksgiving but we were stuffed in there. If it was larger I would take the burden off my aunt, who is in her 70s and has always been the "go to" host for bigger events. The only reason I did Thanksgiving is she had to have hip replacement surgery 3 days before.

          And yes, family cleans up. The only thing I did for clean up at Thanksgiving was put things away once they were washed and dried so I knew where they went.

          Never too early for wine when you're the cook!

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          1. re: juliejulez

            JJ....as I always say it is "12 noon somewhere in the world!"
            When I first got married, we too had a small dining room...but we did buffet, with food in the kitchen, people eating everywhere , (except the bathroom and my bedroom).
            You know as I have always said, it is not about the food or the table, it is the day and the people..
            I am sure your aunt was really appreciative that you stepped up to the plate and hit a homerun!

          2. I love it! It is something I really really look forward to although much of the rest of the world seems to think I'm an insane person as I organize shopping lists, perfect menus and timelines but it brings me joy so I build up and revel in it all by myself :) I am planning braised lamb shanks and roasted chicken today as well as a pot of collard greens and it's so fun getting all the components together and enjoying the final product.

            1. The only holiday meal I look forward to is Christmas dinner. And if I'm over in the UK with my folks, then the boxing day buffet style spread is always anticipated too.

              Can't say I sit down to eat due to any other holiday. Although lobster season is just a month away and I'm looking forward to the first lobster boil!

              1. It is the best! I think I enjoy Easter dinner more than Christmas because there is less other distractions (last minute shopping, wrapping, etc.)

                My Easter weekend schedule was crazy enough with church (I am in choir and have been to six services since Thursday night!) and a volunteer gig I have. We planned to have my BIL and family over and at the last minute, Mr. Jlh invited another family. Grrr. But it ended up being fine, with plenty of food and lots of fun.

                They all took a walk to the park with the kiddos while I am getting started on the clean-up. It has been a perfect day. :-). And I am sure I will sleep like the dead tonight!

                1. Successful meal !
                  Successful sleep!
                  Good morning dishes!

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                  1. re: PHREDDY

                    Doesn't it feel great? I had a literal cooking frenzy this weekend and while I felt like it was eat, cook, eat, I thoroughly enjoyed the quality time in the kitchen and the result of a well-planned extravaganza.

                    1. re: fldhkybnva

                      Oh yea!!!!