I need some advice on Christmas dinner at my in-laws and I'm sure I'll find some help and sympathy amongst other CH'ers.
Here is the situation: my incredibly lazy mother-in-law (yes, she has a history of being incredibly lazy) has decided that she doesn't want to have a traditional sit down Christmas dinner, just a Honey Baked Ham served cold and some lunch meat, cheese and bread (aka Wonder White Bread) and anyone can eat whenever they are hungry as our family Christmas dinner. The real kicker in all of this is "she doesn't want to be rushed to cook anything on Christmas" even though every year, it has been a pot luck Christmas dinner, with my husband and I providing most of the food! Now, I know some of you will think that she is being nice and trying to save us the trouble, and I wish that was the case with her, but it really boils down to she doesn't want to have to take 10 minutes to cook stove top stuffing as her contribution to a real sit down dinner, so instead of looking like she is being outdone, she would rather avoid a traditional dinner.
As a response, my husband suggested that he could bring a standing rib roast and then brought up with me later that I could make all the side dishes and then there is no excuse for her to not have the sit down dinner. I agreed since we want a traditional sit down dinner on Christmas for our family and if we can't get one there, we will have one alone with our kids at our house (we had to do that for Thanksgiving--we butted heads on that one, too). Apparently, my sister-in-law and father-in-law both suggested to her that she should ask me to cook the meal so that we can have a traditional dinner, but her ego got in the way and she went ahead with this idea of the lunch meat trays. This time, knowing that when she refused to have a sit down Thanksgiving dinner, we had our own Thanksgiving alone, she agreed to the idea that my husband and I can cook the whole meal, but we are not allowed to use her kitchen--even if we clean up the mess!
So I need some ideas for good side dishes that reheat well. It looks like the main course will be Honey Baked Ham and a rib roast. The only thing that is completely out is asparagus (I got the stomach flu last year and asparagus came up the same as it went down and I still don't think I could stand cooking it). Bonus points for dishes that I can make a day ahead and get better the next day! My husband and I feel that the family bonding experience over a big holiday meal is so important, we don't want his mom to mess it up for us or anyone else in the family!
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