Christmas Eve!!

Christmas Eve usually finds me on the hustle bus cooking my rear end off trying to get it all done before the big day.  Not so much this year.  And why you may ask?  It's because I decided to do some actual planning this time around.  I would be feeling pretty taken with myself if it weren't for the fact that this is so easy and why the heck haven't I always done more cooking ahead?!

Anyway, this year I've been ever so clever and gotten most of the meal prepped in advance.  Over the past couple of days, I've made the mashed potatoes, the sweet potatoes, cranberry sauce, stuffed and rolled the turkey breasts and even made the gravy.  Today I've prepped and blanched the green beans.  I also made our sausage and cheese breakfast casserole that I'll just bake off in the morning.  A little later today I'll make the cinnamon rolls.  

For Christmas Eve this year we've decided to spend a quiet evening just the two of us.  The family had their annual gift exchange party last night and tomorrow will be a full on day of partying, eating and cooking, so we opted for a quiet one tonight.  I'm making one of my very all-time favorite things... linguini with clams.  I've got bread rising and will make a salad to go along with it.  Photos may be ensue.

Photos are becoming available.  Christmas Eve dinner begins with a salad of mixed greens, clementines, toasted almonds, avocado, feta cheese and pomegranate seeds. 

Linguini and clams...

I made some bread to accompany our dinner and we're eatin' happy.  Hope you are too.

I wish you all a very happy, merry, wondrous Christmas, Hanukkah, Festivus, and/or whatever holidays you're celebrating.  As always, I also hope your day includes lots of very good eats.

XOXOXO  
Patrice