Yesterday, I ventured up to one of those super stores that carries anything and everything you every possibly need or want. Usually I keep to Trader Joe’s where it is quaint and cozy, and there aren’t too many choices.
Imagine my excitement when as I was comparing spiral sliced hams for our church’s Christmas Party this Saturday, I found frozen, free-range geese. Geese! At the super, duper, take-over-the world, mart! Of all the places……I was getting ready to order mine from a butcher shop in the Bronx.
My husband has been begging me for years and years (well, since we’ve only been married for 5 years…) to find him a goose to roast for Christmas dinner.
It was a rather expensive and exotic purchase. They only had about 8 for sale.
I’ve been researching recipes online. There are a few that look promising.
Roast Goose with Port Gravy
Scandinavian Roast Christmas Goose with Prune and Apple Stuffing
Roast Goose with Chestnuts, Prunes, and Armagac (the front runner at the moment)
Roast Goose with Currant Stuffing
And just in case I need help getting started….
One thing is probably for sure, what ever I decide, there will have to be some Sage and Onion dressing to go along with it. I can barely wait until Christmas.
Other possibilities for our Christmas Day menu:
Roasted Root Veggies–Potatoes, Celeriac, etc.
Brussels Sprouts (for my hubby who adores them….)
Mince Pies (maybe I’ll make small ones) with Hard Sauce
Jellied Fruit Salad (like Jell-O, but better)
Christmas Pudding with Rum Sauce, or like in A Christmas Carol with Brandy
Also, this year we are going to do Christmas Around The World. I’ve been researching traditional foods from the countries of our ethnic backgrounds–Norway, Sweden, England, Portugal, Brazil, Germany, Switzerland, Denmark, and Scotland. (Whew!)
All during December and into the first part of January, we are going to prepare the foods that our grandparents and their grandparents may have eaten in their homelands during the holiday season. And celebrate their traditions, too!
So, stay tuned. I think it will be fun to see what we come up with.