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Saturday, December 17, 2011

Par-TAY And No Pics!

We're up early, Howard and I; 
it's the day of our annual Christmas Party for family and close friends.

Lots still to do, and I can feel the adrenaline and excitement and that wee whiff of near-panic
that always marks a Party Day for me.  Best feeling in the world, and panic is the best motivator.
Howard, get that coffee going now!

Yesterday's Cranberry and Onion Brisket will be on the distinctly not-fancy menu,
designed to have something for any age or taste, although vegans might be challenged.
There are no calories at Christmas.  It's Santa's greatest gift to us.

Here's the Menu for today, everything family favorites (except for the Pizza Dip from Martha,
new this year); certain things are just expected to be on the table!

Hot Rum Punch (made in a coffee urn!)
Wine, Beer, Soft Drinks
Full(ish) Bar
Hot Reuben Dip
Hot Pizza Dip
Hot Artichoke Dip
Bleu Cheese Mousse
Smoked Gouda, Jarlsberg, Brie, Gjetost
Cold Shrimp
Onion Dip & Potato Chips
Pickled Herring in Wine Sauce & in Cream Sauce
Pigs in Blankets and without Blankets for the low-carbers
Assorted Crackers and Dippers and dinky little rye breads
Cranberry & Onion Brisket
Oven Baked Chicken Strips
Baked Macaroni and Cheese
Baked Beans (ah! a little dinner music!)
Sauteed Broccoli with Garlic
Roasted Carrots & Sweet Potatoes
Cold Fruit Salad
Assorted Christmas cookies
Coffee and Tea

Okay, I'm off to have some coffee and strap on my roller skates!
I hope you all are doing something wonderful today, whether it is shopping or partying or just hanging out.

Doris and Kirby, Carol and Lindy -- enjoy your Southern revels, but we will miss you!
However, we'll need less gin on the bar . . . .  ;-)
Merry Christmas! -- Cass


  1. It sounds so good. Too bad I can't be there! :-)

  2. Have a great time! The menu sounds wonderful.

  3. Just post your address - we'll all be there - after all, you'd probably not notice the odd extra guest!

  4. Your menu sounds terrific! You are going to have quite a busy day! What time should I come?


  5. Sounds fantastic - I went to look for a brisket today (not at Costco) after reading your recipe and had to walk away it was SO expensive. I'm heading to Costco tomorrow!!

  6. Wow. Sounds phenomenal and fun!

  7. Your menu sounds awesome -- no one will go away hungry!!! It's always great to have friends and family over at Christmastime!

  8. OH- You sound just like me on a day like this. I can't wait to hear all about it after the party. Make sure you dish the dirt, too. Like Ollie's wife not wearing underwear---that sort of thing! I wish I could be there because it sounds wonderful..and I AM making your beef brisket during the Holidays- xo Diana

  9. Sounds like a spectacular party. Just the nenu made me drool!
    Have fun!


  10. Wow...what a yummy menu...sounds wonderful. Merry Christmas to you and your family.


  11. OMG Cass, I want to be at your dinner party sooo bad! What an amazing menu! Looking forward to the pics! No wonder you get in panic mode that's a lot of work there girlfriend~

  12. sweet Cass..
    too bad I live so far away..
    I'd be the first of the party-crashers to arrive!
    it all sounds so wonderful!
    looking forward to the pics...
    without calories of course!!
    warmest hugs..


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