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