Christmas Menu

Its that time of year again – Christmas.  That means time to cook up some good meals.  Being on NutriSystem, I dont get to cook that often anymore, but gonna do it for the holidays.

Its been a while since I have posted anything about NutriSystem.  Thats because of work travel, the Mexico Cruise and the holidays, I havent been doing all that well.  I believe I am still down 15 lbs but certainly not losing anymore.  I will hit it back hard after the first of the year and post some updates once again.  Its still working for me anyways. This year, I will prepare a nice dinner for Christmas Eve and then again for Christmas dinner.

In keeping with the Christmas Eve tradition in our house, I will prepare a Standing Rib Roast (Prime Rib).  We have gotten where we really enjoy that, its simple to make and tastes wonderful.  I will prepare a nice little French Red Wine and onion sauce to go over the Prime Rib.  Savannah has been asking me to make my Rosti or potatoe latkes, so that will accompany the Prime Rib.  To keep it simple, I will just add a mixed green salad with a raspberry vinaigrette.  Mass will be at 5:30 pm and the kids have a short play afterwards, so dinner wont be until about 8:00 pm and we cant take too much time as we open the family Christmas presents on Christmas Eve.  The morning is all for Santa’s gifts.

On Christmas Day, Suzanne has convinced me to make a Turkey.  I usually like to go another way but being as we were on our Mexico cruise at Thanksgiving, she wants a turkey.  It will also give us a chance to take the leftovers to eat in the New Mexico cabin.

The meal will consist of the Turkey with a Southwestern style rub on the turkey and stuffed with a wild mushroom stuffing.  You cant have a turkey without mashed potatoes, so I will prepare some bacon and buttermilk mashed potatoes.  To go on top of all that, I will make a shiitake mushroom gravy.  Since Suzanne loves to stuff herself and Thanksgiving and this is mimicking that meal, I will also add a southwestern cranberry sauce, green beans with walnuts and a nut bread.  Whew, thats gonna be a busy day.  Hooah!

Savannah has asked to be my assistant this year.  She is really getting into cooking and loves to help me.  She is pretty good help if I can keep her attention span long enough.  The cooking starts tomorrow.


  1. Hi Clausens! Merry Christmas, it was wonderful to receive your Christmas card today along with the wonderful family picture! All of you look so happy and from the sounds of the letter and reading your site you are having a great life! I work for Newsbank which has just come out with a new genealogy site( they are adding to daily . If you give me a name or 2, I can see what I can find.

    Steve your Christmas meals sound wonderful!

    Merry Christmas.
    Aunt Maureen and Uncle John from Vermont

  2. Hey Maureen! Long time, no see… Just a bit of distance between Arizona and Maine 😆

    I will take a look at that site when things calm down a bit after the holidays…

    Mr Papa


  1. […] Christmas Eve dinner was fantastic.  The leftovers were enjoyed this morning.  Suzanne munched on some Prime Rib and Rost, while Savannah and I enjoyed a fried egg on top of our Rosti.  A Rosti is German dish and is kind of a homemade hashbrown. […]

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