Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Christmas Dinner and More Home Cookin'

Sometimes I'm glad I'm not home all the time....I would probably be the size of a whale. I simply can't resist my mom's cooking and she can't seem to help herself in making whatever I mention I'm craving. Best mom ever, I know. :)

Whenever I am home, I like to make a nice meal for my family. So for Christmas, I took over the kitchen. Christmas dinner was quiet with just my parents and me since my sisters were at their in-laws. We had an extensive menu which included NY strip steak, Australian lamb chops, cauliflower puree and sauteed kale with shallots, mushrooms and butternut squash. I wanted to keep the meal somewhat healthy and introduce my parents to some new ingredients. It was A LOT of food for three people.

16 oz steak. Per person. That's a lot of ounces per person. I seared both sides and finished it in the oven to a perfect medium rare. Oh and it's lustered with a dab of butter (I am French trained after all.) :)

These chops are coated with bread crumbs, rosemary, lemon and dijon mustard. I thought they were delicious....gamey and flavorful. My mom was hesitant to eat it because of the purplish-red color of the meat.

Sauteed kale with roasted butternut squash, mushrooms and shallots. I love this combination. I really do have a crazy obsession with kale. <3
Pureed cauliflower with garlic and rosemary. I love how this is so healthy and so amazingly good. I can eat a whole head myself. It's that addicting. I held back and only added a touch of heavy cream and butter.

Aside from that meal, I really didn't do much cooking at home. Here are some other favorite dishes that my mom made.

Pan fried coconut shrimp cakes with scallions and coconut milk. They're eaten with pickled vegetables, lettuce and fish sauce. So delicious!

Steamed pork meatballs with tomato sauce and peas. Sounds a little weird, I know, but great with warm toasted bread.

Other times, when it's the middle of winter like this, I really wish I was back at my parents' house, sitting at the counter watching my mom whip up some fantastic food. Le sigh.

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