My boyfriend and I just moved to New York City from North Carolina and we are spending Christmas just the two of us. We're excited about going to see the tree in Rockefeller Center and exchanging stockings and presents, but it's also kind of sad to be away from our families for the first time. We will probably see them in early January, but for the actual holiday, we're on our own. It will also be the first Christmas Eve and Day that we've been physically together, so it's special.
As such, I want to make something special for us for dinner, but I don't want to do the traditional turkey and stuffing thing. I just did that for Thanksgiving, and we really enjoyed it, but my family always had a repeat of Thanksgiving for Christmas, and I want something a little different. I'd like to start a new tradition, or at least try something different, and I thought you guys might have some ideas.
So here's the deal. I am a pretty experienced cook, so I'm not afraid of very much. I will probably have to work on Christmas Eve, and we'd like to go to Rockefeller Center in the evening, so I need something that i don't need to cook all day. I was thinking maybe seafood. I could do something whose parts can be made ahead of time, though, I might also switch our big meal to Christmas Day instead of Eve, which would change the scheduling, so all ideas are welcome. I want something that says "intimate special occasion." And I can get lots of types of ingredients fairly easily, so that's not a problem.
Whatcha got, folks? I am so excited to hear your ideas! Thanks!