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Anyone else alone for Christmas? And if so, what are you cooking?

Barbara76137 | Dec 24, 201001:00 PM

I know there was a similar post on Thanksgiving, so I thought I'd start one for Christmas. It seems like I've been working so much that I should just sleep there, so today I closed at 1PM and am looking forward to not going back until Monday.

Last night I made a tomatillo sauce for the very first time and had that over chicken/tomatillo tamales from Costco. I know I'm in the "land of tamales", but when I was at Carnival Market yesterday and saw the big tubs of manteca (lard) I just can't handle that. The ones I had didn't have lard and were very good.

Tonight I'm making cioppino. I make the stock, then add seafood to only enough stock for one portion. The rest I freeze. My cioppino will have clams, shrimp, scallops, baby octopus, squid & lobster. I couldn't find any mussels. My appetizer will be spicy crab cakes with remoulade and a fennel/orange salad. Got a loaf of rosemary bread at Central Market and I'm already tearing into it.

Tomorrow I will go to mass early and then ride my horses and give presents to the barn managers and their daughter. I have cannoli shells that I will fill and have a few for breakfast and then take the rest to the barn.

I'm then going to make a pot of chicken chile verde from I recipe I found right here on Chowhound. I'm going to invite them over on Sunday to enjoy the chile since I tasted her chili last Saturday so I know they can stand the heat. :)

So, for any other loners, what are your plans?

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