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Christmas dinner - Turkey? Prime rib? Ham? And where to source it?

Florentine | Dec 17, 201401:02 PM

I'll be making Christmas dinner for 6 (possibly) 8 people this year. The torch has been passed from my parents to my sister and I. Both of us live in small East Van apartments with our partners, and a utilitarian oven with 4 burners and no dining room table. We can make it work and we want to make it work. It will work but wow, where do begin with 8 days to go?

While I love cooking and have roasted numerous chickens, and have occasionally made roast beef, I've never cooked a turkey, a Christmas ham, nor have made any fancy Christmas dinner prime rib. The idea of cooking a turkey doesn't intimidate me, though I question how I'll fit anything else in the oven other than the turkey.

So, I'm throwing the question out there:

What are your Christmas dinner plans?

If you're buying a turkey, where do you like to source it? There are numerous butchers I may seek out - Pete's Meat, Pasture to Plate, Big Lou's, Windsor Meats, etc. Maybe I opt for a frozen President's Choice special at the Commercial Drive SuperValu, or pre-order via Spud's (who donates $10 to the YMCA)! Maybe venture to Granville Island Market? With 8 days before Christmas, I still have time... I think!

While Christmas turkey is my own family's tradition, part of me wants to change it up and go with the traditional English prime rib, an acknowledgement of my Dad's English heritage. With a bit of direction, I'm sure I can do it, but is this something to experiment with on Christmas?

Decisions, decisions. I'm not really looking for answers here, I suppose, but I thought I'd open the discussion to see what my fellow Chowhounders are doing. I need inspiration. :)

Pete's Meat Butcher Shop & Deli,
Windsor Meats
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